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The market for "military metaphor" leadership books is saturated, but retired Major General William A. Cohen issues a worthy, if not outstanding, addition to the field. It reflects painstaking work by its highly qualified author, a former special ops pilot who has gathered stories from virtually every field of human endeavor to illustrate his leadership principles. Strong in its depth of detailed and inspirational anecdotes, particularly from the annals of military history, this book is less effective at describing how managers specifically can apply its principles to their daily business lives. This is a routine shortcoming of the genre, which tends to offer more shots than targets. recommends this book to managers and executives seeking inspiration, rather than specific business advice, and to leaders who enjoy military history and vivid war stories.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to use the six principles of all successful commando operations;
  • How to apply special ops lessons, strategies and techniques to your business; and
  • How to utilize the "Ready! Aim! Fire!" formula to execute new initiatives.

About the Author

Former air commando William A. Cohen, Ph.D., Major General, USAFR, Ret., is an authority on leadership and strategy. He heads the Institute of Leader Arts, and teaches at Touro University International. A recipient of the U.S. government’s Distinguished Service Medal, he also wrote The New Art of the Leader and The Art of the Strategist.



Special Leadership
One of the most famous special ops missions ever undertaken stemmed from the events of June 27, 1976 when terrorists armed with machine guns and grenades boarded Air France Flight 139, taking its 246 passengers hostage.

The terrorists diverted the aircraft...

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