Lead Like Ike: Ten Business Strategies from the CEO of D-Day
Have you ever thought about what it would be like to switch places with someone else and walk in their shoes for a day or a week or a year?
Geoff Loftus makes the switch for us by naming Dwight D. Eisenhower the CEO of D-Day, Inc., the most important corporation of the 20th century.
FDR and Winston Churchill become leaders on Eisenhower’s Board of Directors. Ike becomes an upper-level middle manager.
It’s an odd and interesting twist on a familiar story that begins with a great deal of promise but weakens and tires as the book progresses.
The book is well-researched and, as the title promises, analyzes Eisenhower’s leadership and gleans 10 strategies for today’s leader:
- Determine Your Mission
- Plan for Success
- Stay Focused
- Plan to Implement
- Motivate Your People
- Manage Your People
- Avoid Project Creep
- Be Honest
As Salvatore J. Vitale notes on the cover jacket, “[I]t’s the simplest management principles that we often forget,” and it’s this simplicity that makes the book so promising and so disappointing.
If you’re a history buff and want stories to flesh out the 10 strategies, I highly recommend this book. Otherwise, I’d suggest reading Eisenhower’s own Crusade in Europe (1948) instead.
[Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for this unbiased review.]