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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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FROM MISSION COMMAND TO DIRECTED OPPORTUNISM

The hazards of searching for universal principles behind what makes effective organizations are very great. Yet the rewards of identifying some things which at the very least are very important a lot of the time could also be great. Indeed, to positively deny that there could be any such things seems to fly in the face of evidence. Management is not a science but a practical art. Practicing it skillfully means applying general principles in a specific context. It helps to identify what the critical principles are.

The principles espoused by von Moltke 150 years ago are far more than 150 years old. One of the world’s leading military historians has suggested that throughout history, “those armies have ...

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