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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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HELMUTH VON MOLTKE AND AUFTRAGSTAKTIK

Field Marshal Helmuth Carl Bernhard Graf von Moltke, a man born in the first year of his century, was the main builder of the German Army which emerged from it, and created the reputation of its General Staff as the pre-eminent body of professional soldiers in Europe. He was both a practitioner and a thinker in the fields of strategy, leadership, organization, and what we would today call management. His thoughts are contained in numerous essays and memoranda, but his influence at the time was more direct, for he was the leader and teacher of a generation of German generals.12 In that role, he developed the Army’s basic operating model, which has become known as Auftragstaktik. It is perhaps his most lasting ...

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