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Title:
Patton on leadership : strategic lessons for corporate warfare
Author:
Axelrod, Alan, 1952-
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Publication Information:
Paramus, NJ : Prentice Hall, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xxiv, 279 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780735200913
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Book

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As commander of the Third Army, General George S. Patton, Jr.'s wartime success inspired the remarkable performance of his troops, and the grudging admiration of his enemies. Having stormed across France and Germany with lightning speed, Patton revealed himself as a courageous warrior, a gifted strategist, an inspiring communicator, a masterful motivator, and, most importantly, a brilliant leader. Book jacket.


Author Notes

Alan Axelrod was born on August 25, 1952, in New York. He was educated at Northeastern Illinois University and University of Iowa. He is a leading writer about American history, and is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to American History. In his books, Axelrod presents the facts, details, and faces that have helped shape the history of the United States.

Axelrod has served as a consultant to several museums and institutions. He has received numerous honors, including a National Cowboy Hall of Fame Award in 1991.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Library Journal Review

Axelrod (What Every American Should Know About American History) takes the leadership wisdom of one of America's greatest and most colorful combat generals and applies it to contemporary civilian corporate organizations. Organized around George S. Patton's quotations and writings, this is an attempt to apply the general's wartime leadership style to peacetime corporate America, covering principles such as how to develop and project a leadership image, communicate effectively across an organization, establish clear priorities, build a winning team, sustain maximum performance against all odds, and instill loyalty and inspire achievement. Beginning with a high-level history of Patton's life, the author then strives to relate Patton's leadership style to typical business situations, but the effort is many times far-fetched and filled with jargon and clich‚s. The selections designed to sound like Patton actually sound like narrator Bruce Winant's attempt to sound like actor George C. Scott trying to sound like Patton and will likely send listeners to the hard copy. While the advice is helpful, there is little new here compared with the already saturated leadership genre, and it cannot stand the time-tested solidity of classics from Stephen Covey or Peter Drucker. Consider only on demand in smaller public libraries.ÄDale Farris, Groves, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. xv
Prefacep. xxi
1 What He Did and Who He Was/ Patton's Achievement and Backgroundp. 1
2 "A Commander Will Command" On the Dimensions of Leadershipp. 21
3 "Always Attack. Never Surrender." On Developing a Winning Attitudep. 51
4 "How Do We Know That?" On Fact Finding, Preparation, and Planningp. 75
5 "Speed -- Simplicity -- Boldness" On Execution and Opportunityp. 123
6 "The Soldier Is the Army" On Training, Mentoring, Motivating, Inspiringp. 141
7 "Letters of Instruction" On Communication and Coordinationp. 203
8 "Only One Direction -- Forward" On Creating Efficiencyp. 231
9 "Success Is How High You Can Bounce When You Hit Bottom" On Courage and Characterp. 243
10 "Audacity" On Managing the Impossiblep. 261
Recommended Readingsp. 269
Indexp. 271