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8 Applicability

7 Innovation

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As an Army Ranger, Dean Hohl endured Ranger School, in which he was forced to figure out how to survive 14 days in the woods with only 14 meals. He later parachuted into Panama during the U.S. invasion. Now a consultant who leads corporate types through Ranger-style boot camps, Hohl and co-author Maryann Karinch make a convincing case that business leaders can benefit from the same type of training Rangers are given. Organizations need leaders who are flexible and communicative, he argues in an engaging and illustrative way. Hohl resists the temptation to dwell too much on his own war stories, although at times he’d do well to rely more on his experiences and less on bloodless summaries of corporate problems seemingly parroted from the business press. recommends this book to any manager who leads or works with a team. If you wish that your team could act like a Ranger platoon, start reading.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Army Rangers train to adapt to stress and change;
  • The teamwork, leadership and communications concepts Rangers use to stay alive;
  • How battlefield leadership concepts translate to a hostile business world; and
  • How the enemy within can defeat a Ranger platoon - or your company.

About the Authors

Dean Hohl was an Army Ranger who fought in the United States’ invasion of Panama in 1989. He runs Leading Concepts, a company that uses paramilitary adventure camps to teach the Ranger leadership philosophy to corporate clients. Maryann Karinch is a communications consultant and author of Lessons from the Edge: Extreme Athletes Show You How to Take on High Risk and Succeed.



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