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Sacred Ground: Leadership Lessons From Gettysburg & The Little Bighorn Hardcover – February 26, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press (February 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592983235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592983230
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeff Appelquist is a former Marine Corps infantry officer, practicing attorney, and corporate executive. He is the founder and president of Blue Knight Battlefield Seminars, which conducts individual leadership and team development training at the Gettysburg and Little Bighorn battlefields. Sacred Ground is his first book.

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JEFF APPELQUIST is the founder and president of Blue Knight Leadership, LLC. Jeff is a former college athlete, U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer, practicing attorney, and corporate executive. He has more than twenty years experience both as an entrepreneur and small business owner and as a leader in Fortune 100 companies. He is an award-winning author, dynamic speaker, and nationally-recognized leadership expert. He is also an avid sportsman who hunts, fishes, sails, and scuba dives.

Jeff's first two books, Sacred Ground: Leadership Lessons from Gettysburg & the Little Big Horn and Wisdom Is Not Enough: Reflections on Leadership & Teams, won a dozen literary awards between them, including multiple first place prizes in the Writer's Digest International, National Indie Excellence, and Midwest Book Awards.
The Great Wild West, Jeff's debut novel, is an epic tale of war and peace, love and loss, man versus nature, and the American dream.

Jeff's website is www.blueknightleadership.com, and he can be reached at jeff@bkleadership.com.

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Mr. Appelquist expertly picks telling business successes and disasters to illustrate his advice on leadership.
Frank Tortorello
The book reads like a novel and combines historical facts and characters with important business concepts.
Brent C. Siegel

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brent C. Siegel on June 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is not a typical business book. The book reads like a novel and combines historical facts and characters with important business concepts. Literally from the first page I found the book to be interesting, informative and relevant to the business issues of the day. I enjoyed the book so much that when I finished it I was actually disappointed that it wasn't longer. The author presents business topics and ideas in a meaningful, actionable, and thought provoking manner. The book is easy to enjoy and frankly one of the best business books I have read in years. You can read the book cover to cover or you can focus on particular areas of interest. If you are a business leader, and you like history this is the book for you and your whole team to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John L. Youngblood on June 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The author does a wonderful job of illuminating critical leadership skills, lessons, successes and failures through the lens of the battles of Gettysburg and Little Bighorn. Even those with detailed knowledge of these battles and the leaders involved will come away with a new perspective on the relationship between leadership effectiveness and outcomes. Each chapter, or lesson to be learned, is amplified and elucidated through examples from modern corporate history as well as from the author's own diverse and fascinating personal experiences as an officer in the US Marine Corps, a practicing attorney, a small business entreprenuer and a human resources executive with two different major US retailers. I heartily recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Ole on June 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Sacred Ground must rank with the finest in the examination of leadership qualities and their application in battle situations and successful business practices. I have lived in the Gettysburg area over twenty years, spent countless hours on the Battlefield, volunteered at the National Military Park for thirteen years, and read many, many books on the Battle. This book is a work of outstanding quality.

The qualities are multi-facted - the writing style is such that it holds the interest of readers, irrespective of their level of knowledge; it is accurate in detail; provides the reader with insights otherwise easily missed; and the analyses of selected battle actions provide a breathtaking reality of the scene. The comparison of specific leadership qualities, present or absent, in military engagements and case studies of corporate success or failure gives one a fresh view of their application and universality in achieving management and/or operational goals.

It is a fascinating and unique approach to the analysis of leadership attributes and a reminder that leadership has key criteria that apply in all life situations. A book of this caliber is rare and anyone interested in history or business management will both enjoy and profit from a careful read of Sacred Ground. I was a Federal Manager in a crisis oriented program, now retired, and without doubt could have profited from this book.

James Wego Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frank Tortorello on June 4, 2010
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Mr. Appelquist has done a superb job! As a cultural and military anthropologist I was impressed with his balanced portrayal and use of both Native and Anglo American accounts of the Battle of the Little Big Horn. The author brings a similar balance to his portrayal of two giants of American military history: Colonel Custer and General Lee. We are treated not only to their successes but to their shortcomings.

The author also does his readers an uncommon service in his detailed but available discussions about interpreting historical evidence. In some cases, he notes with honesty, there is no way to know with any certainty what happened and why. This is sensed especially in the reconstruction of Custer's movements after dispatching his final message.

The clear and evocative connections between American cultural values and military and business leadership is a delight. Mr. Appelquist expertly picks telling business successes and disasters to illustrate his advice on leadership. Advice such as "Take Care of Your People" appears in direct contradiction to some of the justifications of selfishness and aggressiveness that permeate other such books on the relationship between the military and business worlds. The advice, moreover, is firmly grounded in concrete details, not abstractions that leave the reader wondering how the author got from point A to point B.

While this book won the 2010 National Indie Excellence Award in the category of Military History, I suggest the content makes it applicable to a wide range of concerns including business leadership and ethics.
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I bought this title because, like most, I have experienced a fair amount of poor leadership in my lifetime and was looking to see what constituted good leadership in the authors mind. Also I am a bit of a Civil War buff and have also read several books about the Little Bighorn so this title piqued this interest also. I enjoyed the detailed accounts of both battles and was able to integrate them into my other reading and visits to both sites. Relating the "fog of war" to the "fog of the marketplace" is an valid concept I believe but I am not sure that a majority would be able to relate well to the accounts and parallels, particularly without either being a military buff or visiting the battlefield sites while integrating this book.

That said I did find the book interesting although I felt that much of the accounts of business leadership were at a macro scale (read CEO level) and much less at the 'grunt level' where leadership issues are more immediate and can be telling. (e.g. if I was a company commander at Gettysburg what kind of leadership/decisions would/should I show with a suicidal order (e.g. Confederate late 2nd day charge at south end of cemetery Ridge into massed Federal artillery) or Little Bighorn facing superior numbers and firepower with a drunk commander (Reno)).

The issues above led me to my 4-star rating. However any book that deals with leadership and brings forward examples of positive leadership whatever the level is a worthwhile read.
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