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“A novel, intriguing—and more importantly—highly instructive approach enabling us to truly grasp fundamental management principles. In the person of Dwight Eisenhower planning and executing the D-Day landings and the subsequent liberation of Europe, these basic concepts are vividly brought to life. As Loftus rightly observes, no CEO ever faced a more daunting, pressure-fil ...more
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Published May 31st 2010 by Thomas Nelson
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Alain Burrese
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I thoroughly enjoyed "Lead Like Ike: Ten Business Strategies From The CEO Of D-Day" by Geoff Loftus. As a former soldier and someone who studies all things martial, and as someone with business and law degrees who speaks on the topics using military and warrior references, this book was extremely informative and enjoyable to read.

The book is part history, part business lessons. Loftus takes the reader on a journey through what he calls the world's most daunting business initiative. He writes abo
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Nate LaClaire
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
In Lead Like Ike: Ten Business Strategies from the CEO of D-Day, author Geoff Loftus examines Dwight D. Eisenhower’s leadership of the D-Day Invasion in order to find management lessons for modern-day corporate executives. Eisenhower overcame tremendous hurdles, including extremely tight deadlines, the need to assemble a huge executive staff and company, a board with not entirely in-sync wants, a chairman who wouldn’t commit, and a mission that involved invading a continent and could lead to sav ...more
Dimitri
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
An unorthodox but highly interesting look at Eisenhower's performance as C-in-C in the ETO.
It's hard to tell whether Loftus wants to teach managers history, or historians business skills, but some of his mantras can be used for anyone's life-improvement.
Fylvia Kline
The premise of this book is great–there are valuable leadership and administrative lessons and strategies to be gleaned from Dwight Eisenhower’s D-Day operations.

However, the book lacks practical application of these lessons. Throughout the historical narrative of Eisenhower’s operations are text boxes with administrative nuggets. But that’s where it ends. There is no how-to or strategy on implementing these ideas in today’s business setting. An example–On page 78 the lesson gleaned is ” Knock ‘
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Andy Mitchell
Have you ever thought about what it would be like to switch places with someone else and walk in their shoes for a day or a week or a year?

Geoff Loftus makes the switch for us by naming Dwight D. Eisenhower the CEO of D-Day, Inc., the most important corporation of the 20th century.

FDR and Winston Churchill become leaders on Eisenhower’s Board of Directors. Ike becomes an upper-level middle manager.

It’s an odd and interesting twist on a familiar story that begins with a great deal of promise but
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Geoff Loftus
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Of course I thought this book was amazing -- I wrote it. But don't take my word for it, this is what Steve Forbes, CEO of Forbes Media thought: "A novel, intriguing--and more importantly--highly instructive approach enabling us to truly grasp fundamental management principles. In the person of Dwight Eisenhower planning and executing the D-Day landings and the subsequent liberation of Europe, these basic concepts are brought to life. As Loftus rightly observes, no CEO ever faced a more daunting, ...more
Joe Oaster
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books on leadership by one of History's best all time leaders. This book revolves around 10 leadership themes that Ike typified. A must read for anyone in senior leadership positions. As much a history of Ike's leadership as it is a book on real world leadership with relevance for today.

Highly recommend.
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Geoff Loftus is the author of The Last Thing , Dark Mirage and Murderous Spirit, all featuring Jack Tyrrell. He has also written The Dark Saint, Engaged to Kill, Double Blind and Lead Like Ike: Ten Business Strategies from the CEO of D-Day

He was the 2010 Keynote Speaker at the Eisenhower Legacy Dinner at the Eisenhower Presidential Museum and Library. He has been gainfully employed in
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