"Ulysses S. Grant was a perceptive and surprisingly modern manager," writes Al Kaltman. "A pragmatist who learned from his own and others' successes and failures, he brought new dimensions to strategic planning. He was adept at seizing and exploiting opportunities as they presented themselves, and he boldly shattered paradigms long before the term paradigm
had made its way into the management jargon."
Kaltman uses Grant's military career, beginning with his enrollment at West Point through his early successes in the Civil War to his eventual command of the entire Union Army, to illustrate 250 basic principles of business success, from "Bureaucrats do the dumbest things" to "You can't stop the clock." In an afterword, Kaltman considers how President Grant failed to live up to the principles of teamwork and planning that led General Grant to victory, with a resultant career as chief executive whose legacy has been less than stellar.
From Library Journal
Kaltman uses Civil War general and U.S. president Ulysses S. Grant to represent a model of 250 management "lessons." There are no complex management theories here; Grant, a poor man who failed at several businesses, initially looks like anything but a model of good management. But with the start of the Civil War, he rejoined the army and slowly rose through the ranks to be commanding general of the Union forces by war's end. Kaltman, the senior executive vice president of MBNA Insurance Services, arranges the lessons chronologically, so the reader follows Grant through his life. Grant's lapses of judgment?i.e., Shiloh and Cold Harbor?are shown in a positive light. His scandal-plagued presidential years still contained a series of accomplishments, and he remained an honest and forthright man, even if his appointees were not. This book makes interesting reading and will certainly appeal to Civil War specialists and scholars. Recommended for both public and academic libraries.?Mark E. Ellis, Albany State Univ. Lib., GA
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