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

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xxiv, 279 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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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.

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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

Military author Axelrod presents George S. Patton, one of America's greatest generals, as a gruff model for the corporate world; his strategies are seen as effective tools for managers in the workplace as well as on the battlefield. The ten parts, or "chapters," offer nearly 200 quotations from Patton or ideas expressed by him during World War II. The author then expands and applies these "leadership principles" to today's corporate world. What we learn here is how military tactics and strategy can be used effectively in civilian situations as well. A definition of leadershipÄ"A Commander will command"Äand the value of loyaltyÄ"I prefer a loyal staff officer to a brilliant one"Äare but two examples of how Patton's words can be applied to management. This work is for managers and for anyone who looks for help in leading themselves and others at work or in life. One memorable idea to glean from the book is, "You are not beaten until you admit it. Hence don't." Thank you, General Patton. Recommended for all public libraries.ÄDavid M. Alperstein, Queens Borough P.L., Jamaica, NY (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