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Executing strategy is an enduring management problem. There is often a significant gap between what managers plan, what they do and the outcome they achieve. Stephen Bungay finds a fresh approach from an unexpected source--the nineteenth-century Prussian Army. His solution is based not on theory, but on sets of practices that have evolved over many years in the fast-moving ...more
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Published February 16th 2011 by Nicholas Brealey Publishing (first published November 1st 2010)
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Wahid Shalaly
Briefly, this is a very interesting book with a lot of valuable lessons from history (military history) and business. The book introduces a valuable & intuitive approach that can be applied, from my point of view, to many fields and aspects of life.

Ideas of the book sound very logic and intuitive, let you wonder why this approach (or equivalent) isn't the mainstream in business (at least) after all this time? The approach, from my point of view, is valid to be applied to many aspects of lif
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Thomas Loefgren
Great book about leadership, management and direction and how to best get teams/organisations to operate smoothly and in unison during uncertain or changing circumstances/environment.

One of those books that put so much stuff you "already know" into clear models, that make you see things in a new and more informed way. Recommeded for people interested in leadership and very applicable to innovative/creative processes.

For a geek like me it also doesn't hurt that it uses Prussian War history less
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John
Second time Clausewitz has unexpectedly paid off for me.
Jan
Probably the best book about strategy, leadership and management I have read to date. Fully utilizing his excellent grasp of both military history and modern management theory and practice the author manages to explain why the seemingly simplest things are so hard in both war and business and show a path towards reducing this friction.
Sean
Good good. Its a perfect book for middle managers or anyone responsible for the execution of something bigger than themselves.
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