No Substitute for Victory

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General Douglas A. MacArthur's extraordinary life of leadership spanned three wars and more than six decades inside and outside the military. He defined principles of leadership that were decades ahead of their time: principles reflecting extraordinary wisdom about strategy, motivation, organization, execution, and personal growth. Now, Theodore and Donna Kinni distill 52 powerful leadership lessons from MacArthur's life. On MacArthur's command, millions of American soldiers risked their lives. After winning the peace in World War II, he led 80 million citizens of Japan to embrace the most radical and successful cultural change any nation has ever achieved: the transformation from militaristic emperorship to modern democracy. Those extraordinary achievements arose directly from MacArthur's singular approach to leadership.  This book reveals what MacArthur knew about defining victory and setting the right priorities for achieving it; building sleek, fast-response organizations; inspiring subordinates to unprecedented performance; focusing relentlessly on results; transforming organizational culture to value speed, knowledge, and honor; pursuing personal excellence; and winning.

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“In No Substitute for Victory, Theodore and Donna Kinni have captured the essence of the extraordinary leadership skills and strategic vision of General Douglas MacArthur with whom I was privileged to serve in Tokyo and in the early months of the Korean War including the landings at Inchon.  MacArthur epitomized ‘Duty, Honor, Country’ and he will ever be a “role model” for our nation’s leaders – in and out of uniform.”

--General Alexander M. Haig, Jr., Former NATO Commander and U.S. Secretary of State

 

“By distilling General MacArthur’s extraordinary approach to leadership into distinct lessons, Theodore and Donna Kinni have performed a valuable service. In this honest and engaging book, the authors demonstrate the importance of values, vision and proficiency in the General’s leadership style. They challenge us, with a series of thought-provoking questions in each chapter, to learn from and to follow his example.”

--John Alexander, President, Center for Creative Leadership

 

"For those aspiring to be successful national leaders, CEOs, military commanders, diplomats, educators, think-tankers, and all others whose career ambitions involve commitment to public service, No Substitute for Victory is a must-read book. This clear and pure distillation of the life and times of General Douglas MacArthur by the Kinni team holds precious lessons for all who care, share and dare in order to make a difference. Vision resulting in fulfillment is most likely to happen through the exercise of resolute leadership of the MacArthur kind."

--Fidel V. Ramos, Former President of the Philippines

 

"A first-rate, and inspirational, look at how leaders make a difference. While MacArthur may have been "one of a kind," we can all benefit from learning about the leadership processes and insights he brought to bear on both grand and individual issues. No Substitute for Victory is an up-close and personal look at MacArthur and how he thought about and demonstrated leadership. Full of provocative and thoughtful insights, the book will encourage each of us to reflect on our own leadership opportunities.”

--Barry Posner, Ph.D., Co-author: The Leadership Challenge and Credibility, and International Management Council's Management/Leadership Educator of the Year

 

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Foreword by CASPAR WEINBERGER, Chairman of Forbes and Former US Secretary of Defense under President Ronald Reagan

"Surely, as the tide of time recedes from his era, this new generation will see in Douglas MacArthur an unflinching idealist, an eloquent warrior, a visionary soldier, a gentle conqueror, an authentic American hero."

--From President Ronald Reagan's remarks at the dedication of the MacArthur corridor in the Pentagon  

General Douglas A. MacArthur's extraordinary life of leadership spanned three wars and more than six decades in the military, education, public administration, and business. He defined principles of leadership that were decades ahead of their time: principles reflecting extraordinary wisdom about strategy, motivation, organization, execution, and personal growth. Now, Theodore and Donna Kinni distill 50 powerful leadership lessons from MacArthur's life: lessons you can use, no matter where you lead and what you intend to accomplish.

On MacArthur's command, hundreds of thousands of American soldiers marched to battle and won their wars. After playing a leading role in winning World War II, MacArthur was instrumental in winning the peace, successfully leading 80 million citizens of Japan to embrace the radical transformation from a militaristic reign into a modern democracy.

MacArthur's extraordinary achievements arose directly from his strategic genius and his singular approach to leadership. This book reveals what MacArthur knew about setting the right goals, building sleek, fast-response organizations, inspiring subordinates to unprecedented performance, focusing relentlessly on results, and winning.

To accept no substitute for victory in your endeavors, learn and apply the key strategies used by General MacArthur: 

DEFINE VICTORY... AND PURSUE IT RELENTLESSLY

Know exactly what you want to achieve?and inculcate the will to achieve it

USE ALL YOUR WEAPONS?ESPECIALLY SPEED AND SURPRISE

Magnify your power no matter what your battlefield

START ON THE RIGHT FOOT: TAKE COMMAND, ESTABLISH TRUST

MacArthur's entrance into Japan and the value of personal courage

"I SHALL RETURN": THE POWER OF LANGUAGE?AND PERSONAL RESOLVE

Speak the right words; then back them with the right actions

TRANSFORMING WEST POINT: ENDURING VALUES, CONSTANT LEARNING

Timely lessons about changing culture?and making it stick


 

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About the Author:

Theodore and Donna Kinni have written 11 business books. They are co-authors of 1,001 Ways to Keep Customers Coming Back and Ayn Rand and Business, as well as ghostwriters of books for consultants, speakers, and Fortune 500 companies, including Be Our Guest  for the Disney Company. Their books have explored subjects ranging from leadership, marketing and sales, and strategy to customer service, manufacturing, and idea generation. They are the founders of The Business Reader, a business-to-business bookseller based in Williamsburg, VA. Theodore has served as contributing editor at IndustryWeek, Quality Digest, and Workforce Training News. He has written more than 100 published articles on business topics, including cover stories for Across the Board, Training, and Harvard Management Update. He was editor of The Business Reader Review for five years and his business book reviews have appeared in a variety of publications, including Publisher's Weekly. He is a member of The National Book Critics Circle.

About the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation

The General Douglas MacArthur Foundation was established in 1962 to promote the ideals of Duty-Honor-Country and commemorate the achievements and life of General MacArthur. It is a non-profit corporation chartered in the state of Virginia. The Foundation provides financial support for the operations and programs of the MacArthur Memorial and Archives in Norfolk, VA and sponsors programs and awards designed to stimulate leadership effectiveness, personal achievement, and historical scholarship.

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