Mini strategy series @soerenbax: The #ThirtySixStratagems, a collection of ancient Chinese military thought and experience.
Characters of the ninth of Thirty-Six Stratagems: 隔岸观火 (隔岸觀火) – Gé’ànguānhuǒ. 隔, gé: Partition, apart. 岸, àn: shore. 观, guān: look, observe. 火, huǒ: fire.
Meaning: Watch the fire on the other side of the river. Watch the internal or external conflicts of the opponent from the sidelines and refrain from interfering. Let the trouble continue until your opponent is weakened and you have a better opportunity to gain the upper hand.
Business example: In business and war it can be advisable to wait an see, it is a powerful choice to be patient and wait for a better opportunity to act.