…”is not this radical thinking! Yes, people argues how military strategies might apply to business scenarios, and how Sun Tzu’s The Art of War plays major role in forming today’s management discipline, nonetheless, endorsing such management practice will implicilty foster the autocratic leadership style on enterprises, and eventually supportive leadership and other leadership styles will slowly diminish!, just a thought!”-Mouaz

The Financial Times The day started at London’s Westminster Pier with a speedboat trip down the Thames to HMS President. Some might see this as a bit of a James Bond-style gimmick but for Chris Hart, UK partner of consultants McKinney Rogers “it blows away the cobwebs”.

McKinney Rogers is an international management consultancy that draws 80 per cent of its partners from military backgrounds. On a sunny day last month, I attended one its courses, which had been billed as a taster on how to apply military strategy and tactics to the boardroom.

The invitation declared: “Pre-emptive strike: see how many of the world’s top businesses need military know how to win the corporate battle”.

For as long as business and war have existed, managers have been trying to adapt military tactics to the running of companies. The idea became especially popular in the 1980s, when it was trendy for ambitious, go-getting managers to fill their bookshelves with historic tomes such as Sun Tzu’s The Art of War and On War by Carl von Clausewitz, the Prussian general. More contemporary titles included Marketing Warfare by Al Ries and Jack Trout and Business War Games by Benjamin Gilad and Todd Stitzer.

The idea was simple. Whether it was long-term strategy or short-term tactics, there was much business could learn from thousands of years of military history.

… Read this full article at the Financial Times here.

Strategy in the line of fire

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