The genius of Robert E. Lee : leadership lessons for the outgunned, outnumbered and underfinanced /
Al Kaltman.
Paramus, N.J. : Prentice Hall, c2000.
xiv, 352 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm.
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Paramus, N.J. : Prentice Hall, c2000.
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Includes index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Al Kaltman is a management consultant with over 35 years of practical management experience, gained after earning his Ph.D. in political science from George Washington University. He has managed systems departments for two major U.S. companies and one state government, been a group vice president of GEICO Corporation, a Senior Executive Vice President of MBNA America Bank, and president and CEO of two companies. Kaltman and his wife of 35 years live in Vienna, VA.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2000-11-06:
Although his career ended in spectacular defeat, Confederate general Lee's accomplishments were extraordinary, maintains Kaltman, in this solid if simple-minded guide to advancement at work based on anecdotes from Lee's battlefield experiences. From Lee's military career before the Civil War, Kaltman extracts a lesson about leadership based on core values. Lee's strategies for fighting with few men and few provisions yield insights about competition when one's opponent is more powerful. His ultimate surrender to Grant teaches readers about rebounding from failure. Pervasive themes range from the importance of rising to a challenge, striving for continuous improvement, managing from solid ground and projecting a confident image to adages like "Little Things Mean a Lot" (suggesting that "managers who show kindness in little ways earn huge rewards in staff loyalty and performance"). Kaltman (Cigars, Whisky and Winning: Leadership Lessons from Ulysses S. Grant) is a clear, straightforward writer demonstrating keen interest in his subject. However, the reader learns only a little about Lee and a little about management. Managers who are also history buffs may enjoy Kaltman's latest effort, but overall, it's disappointing. (Jan. 2) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Celebrates military leadership throughout the ages as a winning model for effective leadership in today's business world.
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The author of the highly acclaimed "Cigars, Whiskey, and Winning" on the leadership legacy of Ulysses S. Grant, now turns his attention to reflect on the life of Civil War general Robert E. Lee and his practical lessons for today's leaders. 16-page photo insert.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. xiii
Pull Out All the Stops: January 1807-August 1837p. 1
The Work Wasn't Wasted: August 1837-August 1846p. 29
Super Hero: August 1846-June 1848p. 47
Prepare Yourself: June 1848-March 1855p. 77
Take Command: March 1855-March 1861p. 105
Conflicting Principles: April 1861-March 1862p. 127
To Boldly Go: March-July 1862p. 171
Continuous Improvement: July 1862-January 1863p. 209
The Perfect Combination: January 1863-April 1864p. 243
The Winning Image: May 1864-April 1865p. 285
A Lasting Legacy: April 1865-October 1870p. 319
Indexp. 343
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