The UK's Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) annual programme unites senior personnel from around the world who are preparing for the highest responsibilities in civilian and military spheres. Each year, representatives of some fifty countries share on average over a thousand years of experience in some of the most complex and demanding environments on earth. In Business and Battle is the synthesis of the expert analysis and experience of participants in that programme, tested and sharpened by extensive international field work and coupled with contributions by first-rate presenters external to the programme. It deals with strategy and top level strategic leadership together and views them from multinational, multicultural and multisectoral perspectives. In so doing, it pushes the boundaries beyond a mere description of commercial, civilian and military strategic environments; it provides extensive and deep insights into how to interpret and shape those environments.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface, David Ellery; Foreword, Sir John Parker. Part I Introduction and Setting the Context: Introduction, Nicholas Beale; The current strategic environment, N. Stanley, Lord Cope, D. Di Carlo and N. Khokhar. Part II The View from Industry: Perspectives on leadership and strategy, Ian Davis; Commercial top strategic leadership: a helicopter view, LÃ¼tz Bertling. Part III The Military Perspective: The uniqueness of top strategic leadership, R. Knighton, S. Akulov and K. Engelbreksten; The characteristics of effective top strategic leaders, R. Rider, D. Di Carlo, P. Nazim and X. Tshofela; Defining the context: top strategic leadership in multinational and multilateral context, R. Toomey, K. Engelbreksten, P. Phelan, P. Rutherford and S. Storrie; Decision making in the strategic environment, R. Knighton, HRH Prince Sultan bin Khalid al-Saud, N. Khokhar and X. Tshofela; Developing the talent: spotting and nurturing future top strategic leaders, P. Buxton, S. Akulov, K. Engelbreksten, J. Free and P. Nazim. Part IV: 'Golden Thread' and Unifying Themes: Conclusion, Charles Style; Afterword, Lord Patten; Index.
A Baker & Taylor Academic Essentials Title in Leadership 'There has never been a better time for the publication of this book. All current and aspiring top strategic leaders should read it - whatever their field, whatever their experience and expertise. I commend it unreservedly and with enthusiasm.' The Rt Hon Lord Patten of Barnes CH 'Good to see the emphasis on communication in this incisive book on strategic leadership...' Sir Harold Evans ’In Business and Battle is an earnest and enduring book that synthesises the inputs and thoughts of the RCDS class of 2009. It is a useful compendium for defence professionals seeking insights into the nexus between strategic leadership in business and in the military. In short, excellent strategic leadership is rare in both activities. The book gives useful examples of how strategic leaders in business and war, including Nelson Mandela, General Sir David Richards and General David Petraeus, have made good and bad decisions for their organisations. Perhaps Australia’s CDSS could approach a similar project on strategic leadership, either independently, or in collaboration with RCDS. The result may continue to enhance strategic thinking for future leaders in Australia and beyond.’ Australian Defence Force Journal, February 2013