George S. Patton, Jr.
Patton was perhaps the best-prepared military leader of all time.
From boyhood he struggled against dyslexia to study the campaigns of Caesar and
Alexander the Great, and continued his reading to the end of his life, keeping careful
records of his progress and apparently never throwing anything away.
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Patton's One Minute Messages - General Patton's Principles
The Patton Mind - Patton's
Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of V-E Day, a new
edition of a military classic by General George S. Patton, Jr., draws on his vivid
memories of battle and his detailed diaries to provide a first hand chronicle of the war.
A great book even after all those years. The reader gets a pretty good
impression of Patton´s personality an his way of thinking. The first part of
the book covers his experiences in Northern Africa and Sicily
from 1942 on. Besides the military aspects he describes how he learned to know
the local cultures and we are reminded how well educated he was in some other sciences
than war. The second and biggest part deals with the operations conducted by
his Third Army from France to Germany, Czechoslovakia and Austria. Very
informative are his views of Eisenhower, Bradley and
Montgomery as well as the German side especially
concerning the Battle of the Bulge. The third part is a personal view of
tactics, the military generally and his career. All in all a great book for
people interested in military history as well as leadership.
This collection of George S. Patton's pithy one-liners
shows how business managers can succeed by applying the combat-tested principles of one of
America's most famous battlefield leaders. Also featured are the works of W.
Edwards Deming and Walter A. Shewhart, two pioneers in quality control who have influenced
management practice for over 50 years.
Patton was not only a student of military history, he was also a profound student of
leadership, and one of the most remarkable practitioners of conscious leadership
techniques ever. He distilled many of his beliefs down into brief one-liners,
many of them only common sense (e.g,, "Give credit where it's due", but the
state of American business today illustrates that many such time-proven management methods
have fallen into disuse.
The author has collected a number of Patton's aphorisms and provided clear explanations of
their applicability to today's managers, which will no doubt prove useful to anyone
willing to try them. It should be noted, however, that while Patton's showy
mannerisms are commented on endlessly, his success was fundamentally based on his
life-long studies, and his solid knowledge of basically everything there was to know about
Patton's Principles: For Life and Leadership
by Porter B. Williamson
General George S. Patton, Jr. was one of the greatest
heroes this country has ever produced. In addition, he was also one of the
most misunderstood. Many thought he was hated by his men, but the truth is
that his men loved him. Porter B. Williamson served with General Patton in the
I Armored Corps in 1942. Although he did not follow Patton across the
Atlantic, Williamson had instilled in him the principles that would follow him for the
rest of his life. This book is the best collection of the leadership
principles and philosophies of General George S. Patton. Minus the profanity that Patton
made famous, this book uses many speeches and talks to the troops that exemplify the
leadership principles that helped Patton lead his men to victory. This book is
highly recommended for anyone in a position of leadership, and is must reading for anyone
seeking a management position.
The Professional Development of an Extraordinary Leader
by Roger H. Nye
Patton was perhaps the best-prepared military leader of
all time. From boyhood he struggled against dyslexia to study the campaigns of Caesar and Alexander the Great, and continued his reading
to the end of his life, keeping careful records of his progress and apparently never
throwing anything away. Colonel Nye, a former history professor at West Point, has examined this huge trove of material to
produce a fascinating account of Patton's self-imposed studies, showing how his
intellectual development informed his career.
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