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The Art of Action: Leadership that Closes the Gaps between Plans, Actions and Results by Stephen Bungay

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APPENDIXON STRATEGY, 1871

Politics makes use of war to achieve its aims. It has a decisive influence on the beginning and the end of a war, and indeed reserves the right to raise its aspirations during the war’s course, or to content itself with a more modest outcome.

As things are not fully determined, the aspiration of strategy can only ever be to achieve the highest end it can with the means available. It is therefore best if strategy works hand in hand with politics, working toward its goals, but free to act quite independently of it.

The first task of strategy is the assembly of forces, the initial deployment of the army. This involves the consideration of a whole range of disparate political, geographical, and national factors. A mistake ...

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