A lesson from The Art of War seems appropriate here. While there is much to learn from it, the following is what one can take away from the chapter of how a weaker side should approach facing a stronger one. I've personally found guile is ultimately the answer how to face a stronger force. Use these principles however you see fit.
1. Have a calm, serene mind while causing chaos in the minds of others.
2. Show a threat; adversaries fear & shortsightedness cause them to pause
3. If motivated by easy gain, make them gravitate to you
4. Reduce the enemies strengths to force them into submission
5. Instead of engaging in every battle, understand where the enemy is strong & avoid it
6. Conserve energy & resources away from unnecessary fights
7. Avoid enemy strengths & attack weaknesses
8. Use cloaks of mystery & subtlety to hide weaknesses
9. When opportunity to end conflict clear, take immediate action
10. When confronted with the impossible, withdraw immediately
11. Force enemy to move by attacking what they value.
12. If enemy is direct threat, divert their attention elsewhere
13. Choose formlessness, which allows maximum flexibility without diminishing power
14. By remaining a secret, enemy divides their forces and resources while one remains at full strength.
15. The enemy can't know the place of battle, split their forces up
16. If one defends everywhere, no where is defended because forces divided
17. Knowledge dictates a general's effectiveness
18. Determine enemies true strength or weakness by testing & observing reaction to bait
19. Study adversaries past & present actions
20. Observe how they act under stress or when given power
21. Use formation that's flexible to enemy and environment
22. Always pick right approach to each adversary one faces
23. Seek to turn the tide; combat anger with kindness, greed with generosity, etc.
The ultimate mistake in facing such persons is to challenge them via attrition warfare. Maneuver warfare is far superior. Maneuver warfare is indirect, focusing instead on the steps leading up to battle instead of the battle itself. One must be mobile instead of muscular. One avoids direct battle as best they can unless it's an efficient means of bringing the conflict to an end, attack them psychologically, and so forth. One manipulates the factors and thinks about the overall situation.
I could go on, but to fully explore how to actually be a strategist & tactician requires far more study than I can disclose here. Though for suggested study, see the 36 Stratagems. Hopefully this helps you in some way or another.
edited 10th Apr '13 1:32:39 AM by Prime_of_Perfection