Summary of The Art of Action

How Leaders Close the Gaps Between Plans, Actions and Results

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The Art of Action book summary
For brilliant strategic analysis, modern business leaders look back 100 years to von Clausewitz and von Moltke.


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Both business activity and military campaigns involve high-level strategy, action plans, the deployment of resources, tactical execution and opponents to be bested – either your competitors in business or your army’s enemy. The similarities resonate through all aspects of business and military operations, including the details of logistics, recruitment and staffing. Business strategy consultant and military historian Stephen Bungay considers these parallels in his intriguing work on strategic business execution. getAbstract highly recommends his insightful reinterpreting of 19th-century tactics into 21st-century solutions to CEOs and their planning and operations staffs.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why organizations often fail to execute properly;
  • What gaps develop among “plans, actions and outcomes”; and
  • How modern leaders can adapt the principles of 19th-century German military strategists to achieve smooth, effective operations.


Can You Execute?
Organizations often find it difficult to execute their strategies. In the complicated world of business, companies inadvertently take on the confusion surrounding them and operations can devolve into opaqueness. Facing density and incoherence, employees spend extra time...
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About the Author

Stephen Bungay, an independent consultant and a noted historian, wrote The Most Dangerous Enemy: A History of the Battle of Britain. He is a director at London’s Ashridge Strategic Management Centre.

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