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Patton on Leadership Paperback – September 1, 2001
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Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"This book belongs in the library of any one who wants to win at business or war." -- (Military Review March - April 2001, reviewed by MAJ Robert G. Smith, USA, Germantown, Maryland)
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1. What He Did and Who He Was (Patton's Achievement and Background)
2. "A Commander Will Command" (On the Dimensions of Leadership)
3. "Always Attack, Never Surrender" (On Developing a Winning Attitude)
4. "How Do We Know That?" (On Fact Finding, Preparation, and Planning)
5. "Speed -- Simplicity -- Boldness" (On Execution and Opportunity)
6. "The Soldier Is the Army" (On Training, Mentoring, Motivating, and Inspiring)
7. "Letters of Instruction" ((On Communication and Coordination)
8. "Only One Direction -- Forward" (On Creating Efficiency)
9. "Success Is How High You Can Bounce When You Hit Bottom" (On Courage and Character)
10. "Audacity" (On Managing the Impossible)
I provide the chapter titles and subtitles to suggest the specific areas in which Axelrod examines Patton's ideas. Patton remains one of the 20th century's best-known and least-understood military leaders. Mention his name and most people immediately conjure an image of George C.Read more ›
Patton did not write extensively; he was challenged by dyslexia. But he said a lot, was often quoted, and was written about. Historians have a rich treasure of who this unusual man was and the impact he had on others . . . and ultimately on the world. His approach to his work was clear and direct, making him an excellent case study and role model. Role model? A man who spat profanity in almost every sentence? Ah, look beyond the rough exterior that actually endeared him to his men. Look at how Patton thought, his philosophies. That's where the lessons are.
This book delivers 183 of those lessons in short, tight, bite-size pieces. This is a book you can read cover-to-cover or refer to as an inspirational resource. Each lesson is constructed as a Patton quote, with Axelrod's interpretation of the meaning, the purpose, and the impact of the words. The flavor throughout the book is how Patton's military style and experience applies to management and leadership of today's business organization. Or any organization, for that matter.
The beginning of the book includes an enlightening biographical profile of Patton to understand the context of the man. The volume concludes with some recommended reading and a helpful index.
As a reviewer, I'm tempted to start listing some of the titles of those 183 lessons.Read more ›
General George S. Patton commanded the Third Army in Europe during WWII. Although I had never realized it before, Patton really managed a giant corporation, an army of over 400,000 soldiers which built almost 2500 bridges, shipped over 2,000,000 tons of supplies, and inflicted hundreds of thousands of casualties on the enemy.
After a short preface by George Steinbrenner (Red Sox fans will start on pg. 3), Axelrod begins with a short description of Patton's history and life philosophy. Patton was certainly a fascinating character, with compelling qualities and outrageous flaws.
The format of the book proceeds as follows: Axelrod uses a quote or anecdote from Patton's life to convey and support Patton's philosophy on leadership. Although the subjects are grouped together (Chapter 3:Always attack. Never Surrender and Chapter 5:Speed-simplicity-boldness), the book does not refer back to any previous section.
Fans of the movie will recognize many parts of the book, but those who know nothing about Patton will also find it an easy yet exciting read. I found it to be quite valuable.
This book is certainly not a whitewash of Patton's career, but Axelrod does a fantastic job of sifting through his life and finding the kernels of Patton's success. I recommend this book to anybody interested in leadership (coaches), those in business, and those with an interest in military affairs.
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All leaders should read this! Old Blood and Guts was quite blunt, but he was also correct.Published 6 months ago by Eric Collier
Patton was a no nonsense leader, a man who got things done without the B.S. and word-magic. Today things are bad: We associate "leader" with liar. Read morePublished 15 months ago by ToilandTrust
With all the jazz around Bill O'Reilly's "Killing Patton" book, and as an ardent student of leadership, I decided to read Dr. Axelrod's "Patton on Leadership". Read morePublished 16 months ago by William
Excellent insight as to who Patton was. A Great Leader and Gentleman who demanded excellence and got it from those he led.Published 21 months ago by steve weber
i have purchased many copies of this book. it is a great daily reader, short excerpts/stories only a few pages a piece for each message. Read morePublished on May 4, 2014 by Andrew Zukewycz