Tuesday, September 06, 2005

John Kay on 'heroic' executives

War and Peace - a business primer for our time

At the conclusion of the Drissa meeting, Andrei “lost his standing in court circles forever by not asking to remain attached to the sovereign’s person, but for permission to serve in the army”. The success of a military action, Andrei concludes, depends not on commanders, but on the man in the ranks: “only in the ranks can one serve with assurance of being useful.” How could a 19th century Russian have understood modern business realities so well?

John Kay is great. This article sums up my employers.


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