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“A novel, intriguing – and more importantly – highly instructive approach enabling us to truly grasp fundamental management principles. In the person of Dwight Eisenhower planning and executing the D-Day landings and the subsequent liberation of Europe, these basic concepts are vividly brought to life. As Loftus rightly observes, no CEO ever face a more daunting, pressure-filled, obstacle-laden mission than did Ike. Perfect reading for these turbulent times.” – Steve Forbes, Chairman & CEO, Forbes Media


“Geoff Loftus has written an intriguing and highly useful book on Dwight Eisenhower’s extraordinary ability as a leader. If you liked Ike before, you’ll like him even more now. And you’ll be grateful to Geoff Loftus.” – Christopher Buckley, author of Boomsday and Thank You for Smoking


“In Lead Like Ike, Geoff Loftus provides keen insights on management lessons drawn from one of the greatest battlefields in military history. The lessons may appear simply, but it’s the simplest management principles that we often forget: Listen to your people. Set your vision. Be consistent about your message. Let your managers manage.” – Salvatore J. Vitale, Senior Vice President, The Conference Board
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About the Author

Geoff Loftus, a lifelong history buff, is Vice President, Communications, of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, Inc. He has been an editor and writer for more than 25 years in print, television, radio and on the Internet. He has addressed large audiences from Fortune 500 companies on numerous business topics. He has been interviewed by Forbes, Fortune, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, in addition to Compliance Week, Directors & Boards, and Corporate Boards. Mr. Loftus was Managing Editor of Across the Board, a monthly business magazine of thought and opinion at The Conference Board, and he was the first director of The Conference Board’s website, which won numerous awards during his tenure. He has also written and co-written original screenplays and teleplays, including two that were broadcast on television.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; English Language edition (May 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595550852
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595550859
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,059,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a lifelong history buff and have been an editor and writer for more than 25 years in print, television, radio, and on the Internet. "LEAD LIKE IKE: Ten Business Strategies from the CEO of D-Day" reflects my interests in history and business. "DOUBLE BLIND", a thriller, was my first published novel. Now I've done a new thriller: "ENGAGED TO KILL".

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Gibbs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
What leadership lessons can we learn from General Eisenhower's leadership of the Allied forces in Europe at the end of the Second World War? Geoff Loftus outlines what he believes the lessons are in this book. The book tells the story of Eisenhower's time in Europe from June 1942 until May 1945, and leadership principles arising from his conduct and decisions are highlighted as the story progresses.

The ten strategic lessons distilled by the author are: determine your mission; plan for success; stay focused; prioritize; plan to implement; communicate; motivate your people; manage your people; avoid project creep; and be honest. Whenever the book describes an action or decision relevant to one of these lessons, it is highlighted in a text box.

In my view the principles which the author has listed do not amount to a significant contribution to the field of leadership theory, and his portrayal of some of the characters in the story seems a bit limited. For example, Winston Churchill comes across as a time-wasting nuisance and General Montgomery as a pompous incompetent fool. The descriptions of Eisenhower's interactions with such people appear to reflect poorly, and probably unfairly, on his leadership abilities, leaving me thinking that I might not want to "lead like Ike" after all. Notwithstanding these objections, I enjoyed reading the narrative parts of the book, and I think that the idea of seeking leadership lessons from Eisenhower's career is a good one.

Disclosure: I received my copy of the book for free from BookSneeze.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Gallen VINE VOICE on November 22, 2010
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Did you ever wonder what management principles go into the prosecution of a war, what business lessons can be earned from its study? "Lead Like Ike" provides a good case study of the management lessons to be learned from the greatest martial enterprise of all time, D-Day, Inc.'s assault on its German competition. This book is part history, part management case study and always attention grasping.

Author Geoff Loftus follows Dwight Eisenhower's leadership from his assignment as Commander of Overlord through to Victory in Europe, periodically interrupting the narrative with sidebars to emphasize the management principles employed by Ike and drawing comparisons to similar steps taken by business leaders.

Loftus takes the reader through ten strategies for success and shows how Ike succeeded and, in some instances, failed, in each of them.

Strategy No. 1: Determine Your Mission- D-Day, Inc.'s mission, "unconditional surrender," was determined by its chairman of the board- Franklin D. Roosevelt. Ike achieved that out without an eloquent mission statement, but with incessant concern for his workers who would carry the mission to a successful conclusion.

Strategy No. 2: Plan for Success-Ike asked the question of whether D-Day, Inc. could have survived without Overlord and correctly concluded that it could, but could not afford continued operations if it did not take a chance on Overlord. He then made his plans accordingly. Loftus compares that to the Japanese companies who, when they needed to set up plants in the U.S., assured that those plants would maintain their companies' reputations for quality. He contrasts then to GM and Chrysler who failed to plan for success by not designing and building fuel-efficient cars.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Y. Lee on January 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Reading through this book puts the reader inside the command post of the Allied forces. It is fascinating to see the interaction between the various personalities of WWII. If you enjoy reading history, especially about this pivotal event, then you will enjoy this book. If you are a leader, there are many lessons to be gleaned from observing Eisenhower.

One of the strengths is that not only does Loftus provide us with ten leadership strategies, but he interjects specific applications of theses strategies throughout the narrative. At the end of each chapter, he also provides debriefing notes which focus on the lessons of the story. In so doing the overarching strategies are fleshed out.

Although Eisenhower successfully fulfilled his mission using these strategies, the reader does get to see the times that this General failed. The reader is able to learn from these failures as well as from the successes.

I was left with a greater appreciation for Eisenhower. The manner in which he thought and felt about his soldiers is lesson enough for any leader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Derrick on October 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I had very incorrect expectations when I picked up this book. Having been exposed to a great deal of writing related to WW II as well as many films on this amazing era in the world's history, I have been influenced (as most my age have) by the most common images and language used in its description rather than living through it. We can only know about the past that which is shown to us. This is a very different approach to this topic than I have seen previously. I am not a CEO so much of the business language in the book did not resonate with me. However, what I was captured by was the human relational element that was present at the topmost leadership level during the many, many decisions that had to take place for the world's offensive against the Nazis. Sure, this book is mostly about IKE and the unparalleled way in which he took on the largest and most critical task of our time. I would inform future readers that this book also has within it an ability to make one examine ANY relationship. It isn't just about being a CEO or a military commander. It is about what it means to be faced with odds that for all practical purposes are impossible and rise to the challenge. No matter the cost. It also points out very clearly that if IKE was not surrounded by men of equal stature his task would have been impossible. It takes more than one. It takes many. A very inspiring book.... an even more inspiring era where many different types of people came together for the common good and prevailed. May these lessons not too quickly be forgotten.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their [...] book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 [...] : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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