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George Washington and the Art of Business: The Leadership Principles of America's First Commander-in-Chief Hardcover – January 18, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
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"Author of the phenomenal, trend-setting Sun Tzu and the Art of Business, Mark McNeilly now turns his sights to the first commander-in-chief, revealing how Washington's self-discipline, persistence, character, and organizational skills offer a working model for success in today's business world."--Steven Heine, Professor and Director of Asian Studies at Florida International University, author of White Collar Zen
"McNeilly brings George Washington to life in a vivid and relevant manner by insightfully linking his leadership skills to today's business challenges."--Allen Adamson, author of Brand Simple
"George Washington's leadership traits--character, courage, vision, innovation, and wisdom--are crucial to building and growing a business. In his insightful book Mark McNeilly shows how we have taken those traits for granted, and how, by rediscovering them, we can have the next best thing to Washington himself running our company."-- Philip Kotler, S.C. Johnson Distinguished Professor of International Marketing, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
"As Mark McNeilly makes clear, George Washington's successes--which more often than not followed his failures--were due to one factor above others: the quality of his character. If you aspire to be a leader in business, buy this book and heed its lessons."--B. Joseph Pine II, co-author, Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want
"George Washington possessed a deep, almost innate, understanding of the importance of information and intelligence-essential ingredients for all great leaders. Mark McNeilly has done a masterful, highly readable and insightful, job revealing just how much these attributes can mean to successful business leaders."--Daryl Travis, CEO and Founder, Brandtrust
"With George Washington and the Art of Business, Mark McNeilly has written the ideal primer for teaching leadership development at the highest levels."--William H. Grumbles, Jr., Executive in Residence, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Top Customer Reviews
McNeilly brilliantly juxtaposes his presentation of historical material with the business lessons he believes can be learned from it. I also appreciate the fact that he cites specific companies when doing so. For example, in Chapter 2, he reviews various competitive disadvantages Washington encountered at the outset of the war. "Could I have foreseen what I have experienced and am likely to experience, no consideration upon earth should have induced me to accept this command." Yet, despite all the unexpected problems such as the continuous expiration of enlistments that depleted his forces, the 43 year-old general did not quit. "Washington made his share of mistakes: choosing to defend New York when it was in reality indefensible, not protecting his flank on Long Island Heights, and losing Fort Washington and its garrison. Yet after setback he returned to fight again.Read more ›
Unfortunately, McNeilly blew it. Instead of writing the more original book I just described, McNeilly went for a book that you'd see on display at B&N right next to all those evil books with titles like "The Only 50 Things You Need to Know about History, Ever". McNeilly's "George Washington and the Art of Business" is a "George Washington's Greatest Hits" -- mostly the military hits, but some political. The effect of this is that McNeilly fails to provide the kind of structure needed to carry out the book's objective. For more on this point, see the Publishers' Weekly review above; they really nail it.
And if I may, let me call into question the author’s motivation. McNeilly is a businessperson: he's had a successful career at Lenovo.Read more ›
This book is very much two-fold. On one hand McNeilly has provided the most important leadership characteristics necessary to be a successful leader in life, in business, and in sports. But also McNeilly has shown that it is not necessarily just having and upholding these characteristics but acting in the integrity of them. Although the characteristics are many and are very difficult to maintain, McNeilly provides a depiction of the stages through which individuals, teams, and businesses evolve. The journey through these stages is not always smooth sailing and prosperous, but very difficult and painful at times. Some of the most valuable lessons are learned through these failures. And a failure in and of itself is only a failure, but a failure that is used as an educational experience is a lesson with the potential to be a future success.
In addition McNeilly has provided the history of George Washington's life which steps a reader through the American Revolution. The United States was built on the results of the American Revolution.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
McNeilly does well to remind us that there are fundamentals of leadership that need not be invented, rather they only need be revisited. Read morePublished on December 11, 2011 by Enns, J.
Great book, great concept, its like reading two books in one and it includes principles we should all emulate.Published on November 11, 2008 by Scott C.