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The founding fathers on leadership : classic teamwork in changing times / Donald T. Phillips.

By: Phillips, Donald T. (Donald Thomas), 1952-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York, NY : Warner Books, c1997Description: 264 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 0446520926; 9780446520928.Subject(s): United States -- Politics and government -- 1775-1783 | Political leadership -- United States -- History -- 18th century | Industrial management | Organizational effectiveness -- Case studies | Statesmen -- United States -- History -- 18th centuryDDC classification: 303.3/4/097309033 LOC classification: E210 | .P53 1997Summary: The Founding Fathers on Leadership takes you into the world of "team leaders" Thomas Paine, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison as they mapped strategy, forged consensus, picked the right staff people - such heretofore unproven talents as Lafayette and John Paul Jones - and made crucial decisions and daring choices. From Washington's recapture of Boston - achieved through intimidating, outmaneuvering, and outsmarting the British - to Benjamin Franklin's pivotal mission to Paris in search of a strategic alliance, Donald T. Phillips shows how these men faced challenges and dissension in their own ranks with an enlightened vision from which they would not stray. And just as risk-taking entrepreneurs on the business battlefield today must learn to consolidate their gains, the Founding Fathers faced fierce new battles after they had won the War of Independence, leading to the Constitutional Convention of 1787. A book that is as entertaining as it is insightful, The Founding Fathers on Leadership demonstrates some of the essential maxims for successful leadership and teamwork, such as rally every member of the organization to one common cause; turn an unsuccessful event into a clarion call for action; act as an agent of change for the people you manage; and pass the torch of leadership to the next generation. A profile of the great American success story in the making, this is a book that will inspire you to make your own American success story come true today.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [253]-256) and index.

The Founding Fathers on Leadership takes you into the world of "team leaders" Thomas Paine, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison as they mapped strategy, forged consensus, picked the right staff people - such heretofore unproven talents as Lafayette and John Paul Jones - and made crucial decisions and daring choices. From Washington's recapture of Boston - achieved through intimidating, outmaneuvering, and outsmarting the British - to Benjamin Franklin's pivotal mission to Paris in search of a strategic alliance, Donald T. Phillips shows how these men faced challenges and dissension in their own ranks with an enlightened vision from which they would not stray. And just as risk-taking entrepreneurs on the business battlefield today must learn to consolidate their gains, the Founding Fathers faced fierce new battles after they had won the War of Independence, leading to the Constitutional Convention of 1787. A book that is as entertaining as it is insightful, The Founding Fathers on Leadership demonstrates some of the essential maxims for successful leadership and teamwork, such as rally every member of the organization to one common cause; turn an unsuccessful event into a clarion call for action; act as an agent of change for the people you manage; and pass the torch of leadership to the next generation. A profile of the great American success story in the making, this is a book that will inspire you to make your own American success story come true today.

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Plumbing the depths of history for insight and inspiration is a common practice in management and leadership books, with varying success, as these two titles illustrate. Dunnigan, the author of over a dozen war-related books (e.g., Digital Soldiers, LJ 10/1/96), and software executive Masterson review the business practices and techniques of 12 famous military leaders‘Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Charlemagne, Genghis Khan, Edward III, Gustavus Adolphus, Frederick the Great, Napoleon, Ulysses Grant, Douglas MacArthur, George Patton, and Norman Schwarzkopf. Chapters, arranged by leader, include a brief, all-too-casual biography of each, followed by the challenges they faced and the solutions they enacted. Opening and closing chapters try to put the techniques described into a modern perspective, but many of the solutions offered, such as the ruthlessness of Genghis Khan, should have no place in today's corporate culture. Phillips (Lincoln on Leadership, Warner, 1992) uses such Revolutionary War figures as Washington, Jefferson, Paine, Franklin, and John Adams to illuminate concepts of management. Unlike Dunnigan and Masterson, he organizes his chapters by theme, e.g., "Inspire the Masses," "Build Strong Alliances"‘using these historical figures and their words where appropriate to illustrate a point. Phillips also provides a bibliography for further reading. While Dunnigan and Masterson's work is not recommended, academic and large public libraries should consider Phillips.‘Michael R. Leach, Harvard Univ. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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