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The Marine Corps Way book summary


9 Overall

10 Applicability

9 Innovation

7 Style


You might expect a book that draws on the business-military parallel to focus almost exclusively on leadership. Actually, though it does cover leadership, this book is fascinating for its lessons on how to apply military tactics on the modern corporate battlefield. The authors cut through the testosterone-laced fog of war by applying a reasoned, analytical, strategic approach to conflict, whether in business or on the field of combat. They take an in-depth look at the principles that guide the Marines, such as maneuver warfare, and explain how to utilize those principles in business. They also provide many practical Marine Corps ideas for making your organization more competitive and profitable. This well-written book also offers case studies for insight and practical application, so you can directly benefit from the role model offered. getAbstract highly recommends this volume to those bold enough to lead their organizations to a successful, "mission accomplished."

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to defeat your competition based on the Marines’ Seven Guiding Principles; and
  • How to build Marine Corps leadership skills and perspectives.

About the Authors

Consultant Jason A. Santamaria has been a Marine Corps artillery officer, Morgan Stanley investment banker, Fulbright scholar and McKinsey consultant. Vincent Martino is a former Marine Corps communications officer and a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He currently works as a senior business analyst for Capital One Financial. Eric K. Clemons, Ph.D., is a professor of operations and information management at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.



You’ve probably heard that business is like warfare, but what do those who have been in actual trenches think about that concept? Former Marine and FedEx CEO Frederick W. Smith says, “I could never have done what I did at FedEx had I not served in the Marines.”


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