15. Other conditions being equal, if one force is hurled against another ten times its size, the result will be the flight of the former.


Sun Tzu

If a general sends his forces to attack an enemy that is ten times larger, the result will be the flight (or retreat) of his own forces. This happens because the soldiers may not feel confident in their ability to win the battle against such a large enemy, or because they may simply be overwhelmed by the enemy’s superior numbers. In either case, the general is at fault for not properly assessing the enemy’s strength and for making the decision to attack without a realistic chance of victory. A wise general will carefully consider the relative strengths and weaknesses of both sides before deciding to go to battle, in order to avoid such costly mistakes.

If employees are given workloads that are much larger than they can handle, the result is high employee turnover.

If a company’s leaders are not properly assessing the workload on employees and are expecting them to achieve more than is possible, this could be a major reason for high rates of employee turnover. When employees are given too much work, without adequate support or resources, they may become overwhelmed and stressed. This can lead to decreased job satisfaction and increased feelings of burnout, which may cause employees to look for opportunities elsewhere. In addition, if employees are not given the time or support they need to complete their work, they may begin to feel that their contributions are not valued or appreciated. This can lead to decreased morale and motivation, and may ultimately cause employees to leave the company in search of a more fulfilling work environment.