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No Substitute for Victory : Lessons in Strategy and Leadership from General Douglas MacArthur

Theodore Kinni and Donna Kinni

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Format: Hardcover, 288pp.
ISBN: 9780131470217
Publisher: Financial Times Prentice Hall
Pub. Date: January 16, 2005

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General Douglas A. MacArthur's extraordinary life of leadership spanned three wars and more than six decades inside and outside the military. He defined principles of leadership that were decades ahead of their time: principles reflecting extraordinary wisdom about strategy, motivation, organization, execution, and personal growth. Now, Theodore and Donna Kinni distill 52 powerful leadership lessons from MacArthur's life: lessons you can use, no matter what you intend to accomplish

On MacArthur's command, millions of American soldiers risked their lives. After winning the peace in World War II, he led 80 million citizens of Japan to embrace the most radical and successful cultural change any nation has ever achieved: the transformation from militaristic emperorship to modern democracy

Those extraordinary achievements arose directly from MacArthur's singular approach to leadership. This book reveals what MacArthur knew about setting the right goals... building sleek, fast-response organizations... inspiring subordinates to unprecedented performance... focusing relentlessly on results... pursuing personal excellence... and winning. Because there's no substitute for victory in your life, either

Define victory... and pursue it relentlessly

Know exactly what you want to achieve—and inculcate the will to achieve it

Use all your weapons—including speed and surprise

Magnify your power in war and in business

You can't fight what you can't see

The urgency of "personal reconnaissance" and superior intelligence

"I Shall Return": The power of symbol—and personal resolve

Speak the right words; then back them with the right actions

After Japan's surrender: taking command, establishing trust

MacArthur's entrance into Japan: the value of personal courage

MacArthur at Inchon: Master strategist at work

Build breakthrough strategies on observation, clear thinking, and realism

Transforming West Point: Enduring values, constant learning

Timely lessons about changing culture—and making it stick

52 leadership lessons from the 20th Century's greatest warrior and peacemaker

Powerful lessons in strategy, motivation, organization, execution, values, and personal excellence

Inspiration and execution: from the battlefields of Inchon and Leyte to the halls of West Point

How MacArthur led the world's greatest culture transformation: the renewal of Japan

MacArthur and his staff: Building flexible, fast, knowledge-driven organizations

No Substitute for Victory teaches 52 extraordinary lessons from the life of Douglas MacArthur, the legendary U.S. general who helped win World War II in Asia, and then led Japan's transformation into one of the world's most peaceful and democratic nations

If you're a leader, MacArthur's life of leadership offers more than inspiration: It offers remarkably powerful insights into the issues you're facing right now

Drawing on MacArthur's own words and deeds, you'll discover how to lead with your personal values... how to build strategies that leverage all your assets... how to fundamentally change your organizational culture... how to motivate your people to do the impossible... and how to keep growing as a leader no matter how far you rise or how much you accomplish!

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About the Authors

Theodore Kinni has written more than 100 published articles on business topics ranging from Japan's keiretsu to employee training at Colonial Williamsburg. His books include America's Best: IndustryWeek's Guide to World Class Manufacturing Plants; Future Focus: How 21 Companies are Capturing 21st Century Success. He is editor of The Business Reader Review, and his business book reviews have appeared in publications ranging from Publisher's Weekly to IndustryWeek. Kinni is a member of The National Book Critics Circle. Donna Kinni is an entrepreneur who has created and operated two successful companies, including The Business Reader, a business-to-business bookseller. She was formerly vice president with Kemper Securities. Together, Theodore and Donna Kinni have co-authored two previous books: 1,001 Ways to Keep Customers Coming Back and Ayn Rand and Business.

Table of Contents
Front Matter
  1. MacArthur at Inchon
  2. A Leader’s Destiny Fulfilled
II. Principles of Strategy.
  3. Define & Pursue Victory
  4. Undestand the Situation
  5. Use Every Available Means
  6. Manage the Environment
  7. Utilize Surprise
  8. Multiply Your Rate of Movement
  9. Hit ‘Em Where They Ain’t
10. Aim for Envelopment
11. Concentrate Your Force
12. Build In Flexibility
13. Make a “Reconnaissance in Force”
14. Ensure Supply and Support
15. Be Aggressive in Defense
16. Act Alone When You Must
17. Unify Command
18. Be a Role Model
19. Visibility Matters
20. Cultivate Image
21. Make Compelling Speeches
22. Demand Results When Necessary
23. Expect the Best
24. Extend the Personal Touch
25. Principles of Occupation
26. Weigh Change Carefully
27. Structure for Results
28. Plan Honestly
29. Invest in Training
30. Develop Management Depth
31. Delegate Whenever Possible
32. Manage People Positively
33. Adopt the MacArthur Tenets
34. Do More With Less
35. Avoid Human Losses
36. Manage Upwards
37. Live Your Values
38. Pursue the Ideal
39. Demonstrate Your Courage
40. Take Initiative
41. Prepare to Succeed
42. Learn Continuously
43. Study History
44. Exude Confidence
45. Get the Athletic Advantage
46. Master the Art of Communication
47. Forge Emotional Bonds
48. Develop Your Media Savvy
49. Embrace Innovation
50. Accept Risk
51. Love Peace
52. A Patriot Be

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