Cigars, Whiskey & Winning: Leadership Lessons from Ulysses S. Grant
Drawing on Grant’s writings and life experiences during his meteoric rise from tannery clerk to commanding general of over one million men, “Cigars, Whiskey & Winning” presents 250 concise, practical lessons for getting superior performance from the troops, whether military or corporate. An inspiring management treatise torn from the pages of Civil War history, this unique book goes beyond mere ‘how-to’s’ to reveal the character traits, core beliefs, and fundamental values that turn a manager into a leader, whether on the battlefield or in the boardroom. “Cigars, Whiskey & Winning” is a savvy blend of biography, history, and leadership wisdom that will appeal to aspiring business leaders and Civil War buffs alike.”Ulysses S. Grant was a perceptive and surprisingly modern manager,” writes Al Kaltman. “A pragmatist who learned from his own and others’ successes and failures, he brought new dimensions to strategic planning. He was adept at seizing and exploiting opportunities as they presented themselves, and he boldly shattered paradigms long before the term paradigm had made its way into the management jargon.”
Kaltman uses Grant’s military career, beginning with his enrollment at West Point through his early successes in the Civil War to his eventual command of the entire Union Army, to illustrate 250 basic principles of business success, from “Bureaucrats do the dumbest things” to “You can’t stop the clock.” In an afterword, Kaltman considers how President Grant failed to live up to the principles of teamwork and planning that led General Grant to victory, with a resultant career as chief executive whose legacy has been less than stellar.