Academic journal article Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship

Operation Excellence: Succeeding in Business and Life the U.S. Military Way

Academic journal article Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship

Operation Excellence: Succeeding in Business and Life the U.S. Military Way

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Operation Excellence: Succeeding in Business and Life the U.S. Military Way Mark Bender, Lt. Col., U.S. Army (Retired) AMACOM (2004) 240 pages, hardcover, $24.95

Author Mark Bender asserts, "Strategies used by the United States Armed Forces can mean the difference between life and death. Fortunately, most of us don't face such dire situations. But if we apply these battle-tested strategies to our personal and professional lives, they can mean the difference between failure and spectacular success." From this opening, Bender launches into a rapid-fire presentation of fifty strategies organized into sixteen main topics including motivation, discipline, confidence, sacrifice, end-state, learning, problem solving, ethics, organization, execution, teamwork, leadership, tactics, health, wealth, and relationships. Many of these topics have entire libraries dedicated to them. In covering all of them in just over 200 pages, Bender's goal is clearly not to make anyone an expert; rather, he wants to introduce all these core topics in one convenient place and to focus on enough practical ideas that the reader can (in his words) "move out" immediately to get results.

Most of Bender's strategies and tips probably will be familiar-setting priorities, being self-disciplined, planning and organizing, being prepared-these are the basics, the fundamentals of success. While there's much more to be said on each of these topics, Bender's goal is for you to look yourself squarely in the mirror and ask whether you're really doing these basics, and if so, whether you're doing them well.

His argument is not without merit. Consider an example familiar to most of us, building personal wealth. (For those curious as to the military tie to building wealth, Bender suggests the military, with its mobile lifestyle and comparatively modest compensation, offers a useful example for many outside the military in terms of building wealth.) The advice from the chapter on personal wealth: live within your means, build savings, avoid consumer debt, invest a percentage of your income in mutual funds, diversify investments to balance safety with risk taking, and have adequate insurance. We all know this, right? We've heard it hundreds, maybe thousands of times. But are we doing it? Experts tell us personal savings rates are abysmal and consumer debt is ever increasing. …

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