The Defence of Duffer's Drift Kindle Edition
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This little book, one part fiction, one part lessons learned, shows the evolution of their tactics against Brother Boer. It is told as a series of dreams in which the hero, a young officer, repeatedly lives the same scenario of trying to defend an isolated outpost. In the first dream he gets his head handed to him in the best British fashion. But in each succeeding dream he learns more and eventually triumphs completely.
This is really a series of lessons on small unit infantry tactics at the beginning of the 20th Century. It was enormously popular in its day and still holds the reader's interest. A lot of the lessons are so basic they still can teach us things, especially in low-intensity warfare like Iraq and Afghanistan.
For the organizational leader, the true lessons are in self reflection. Senior leaders know to ask "where am I an where am I going?" But how do you develop this acumen in you organization as well as create a culture that embraces change. Reflecting on this challenge while never avoiding stagnation is akin to the never ending dream of Duffer's Drift.