Warfare and business – it’s not very different, really. Former Commandant of the Marine Corps, General David M. Shoup, wrote, “To lack intelligence is to be in the ring blindfolded.” Mitt Romney, businessman extraordinaire, said, “I will insist on a military so powerful no one would ever think of challenging it.” He should know.
Discipline, the right intelligence, teamwork, strategic thinking, courage, persistence, a proactive approach, thinking outside the box – these are the usual similarities that spring to mind, but there is more to it. There’s a reason why seasoned vets returned from the Second World War to create massively successful businesses. In my opinion, there is also a reason for the difference in business acuity among vets from WW2 and the American wars following it, but I won’t elaborate on that.
Suffice to say, I think we need to think of ourselves as military leaders. That means we need to learn more from successful military leaders than from seminar leaders and the so-called “consultants,” who, too often, are people who failed in business or can’t get a job. There is a huge amount of valuable information on the internet about winning battle strategies and the philosophies of great military geniuses. Start with The Art of War by Sun Tzu.
See this article about the similarities between doing business successfully and winning wars.
Robin Elliott LeverageAdvantage.com
(Picture: My army barracks in 1971. Mustering: Operations Intelligence.)