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The genius of Robert E. Lee : leadership lessons for the outgunned, outnumbered, and underfinanced
Kaltman, Al.
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Publication Information:
Paramus, NJ : Prentice Hall, [2000]

Physical Description:
xiv, 352 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm
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Includes index.
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E467.1.L4 K35 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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"Drawing on the writings of Robert E. Lee, Al Kaltman condenses Lee's management brilliance into 260 concise, essential strategies for communicating new initiatives and goals, reacting to changing priorities, sustaining peak performance against great odds, and turning failure into new opportunities." "Kaltman presents the organizational genius of a man who left behind a lasting legacy of unparalleled integrity, strategic vision, and leadership charisma. The Genius of Robert E. Lee is a masterful blend of biography and management."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Although his career ended in spectacular defeat, Confederate general Lee's accomplishments were extraordinary, maintains Kaltman, in this solid if simple-minded guide to advancement at work based on anecdotes from Lee's battlefield experiences. From Lee's military career before the Civil War, Kaltman extracts a lesson about leadership based on core values. Lee's strategies for fighting with few men and few provisions yield insights about competition when one's opponent is more powerful. His ultimate surrender to Grant teaches readers about rebounding from failure. Pervasive themes range from the importance of rising to a challenge, striving for continuous improvement, managing from solid ground and projecting a confident image to adages like "Little Things Mean a Lot" (suggesting that "managers who show kindness in little ways earn huge rewards in staff loyalty and performance"). Kaltman (Cigars, Whisky and Winning: Leadership Lessons from Ulysses S. Grant) is a clear, straightforward writer demonstrating keen interest in his subject. However, the reader learns only a little about Lee and a little about management. Managers who are also history buffs may enjoy Kaltman's latest effort, but overall, it's disappointing. (Jan. 2) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
1 Pull Out All the Stops: January 1807-August 1837p. 1
2 The Work Wasn't Wasted: August 1837-August 1846p. 29
3 Super Hero: August 1846-June 1848p. 47
4 Prepare Yourself: June 1848-March 1855p. 77
5 Take Command: March 1855-March 1861p. 105
6 Conflicting Principles: April 1861-March 1862p. 127
7 To Boldly Go: March-July 1862p. 171
8 Continuous Improvement: July 1862-January 1863p. 209
9 The Perfect Combination: January 1863-April 1864p. 243
10 The Winning Image: May 1864-April 1865p. 285
11 A Lasting Legacy: April 1865-October 1870p. 319
Indexp. 343