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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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BUILDING THE ORGANIZATION

Von Moltke was clear that his job was not merely to develop campaign strategies and set direction on campaign, but to build an organization capable of taking decisions and acting in line with the direction he set. In fact, he spent most of his time doing this. He saw the outcome in terms of success or failure as being as much down to the organization as a whole as to his own decisions. He had humility, a quality that has only recently been noted in the business literature as a characteristic of many leaders of outstanding companies.1

To create that organization, von Moltke needed to recruit and develop the right people. While doing so did not depend on finding individuals of genius, it did depend on identifying and developing ...

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