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Der gute Soldat

 Wann ist der Soldat ein guter Soldat? Die Antworten auf diese Frage sind außerordentlich wichtig für die politische Kultur in Deutschland und das Selbstverständnis der Bundeswehr. Reichen die zeitlosen Tugenden des Soldaten wie Tapferkeit und Treue aus? Oder erfordern die Natur des Krieges und seine wandelbaren Erscheinungsformen Tugenden, die darüber hinausgehen? Muss der Soldat in den heutigen politischen Konflikten sogar ein ‚politischer Soldat‘ sein?
In dieser Denkschrift nimmt Uwe Hartmann Stellung zu den aktuellen Debatten über das Bild des Soldaten. Dabei gibt er dem Leser einen Kompass an die Hand, mit dessen Hilfe dieser in dem unübersichtlichen Feld von Erwartungen, Verführungen und Zumutungen sicher navigieren kann.



Vom Kriege

 

Vom Kriege gilt als das bedeutendste Werk, das jemals über die Kriegsführung verfasst wurde. Seinen Rang verdankt es insbesondere den ersten Kapiteln, in denen Clausewitz eine allgemeine Wesensbestimmung des Krieges vornimmt. In seinen Kernaussagen, wie der These vom politischen Charakter des Krieges, von seiner Doppelnatur als traditionellem und revolutionärem Krieg und seiner Bestimmung als Gewaltakt, der der Erfüllung des eigenen Willens dient, reicht sein Ansatz weit über den militärischen Bereich hinaus.



PRINCIPLES

In Principles, Dalio shares what he’s learned over the course of his remarkable career. He argues that life, management, economics, and investing can all be systemized into rules and understood like machines. The book’s hundreds of practical lessons, which are built around his cornerstones of “radical truth” and “radical transparency,” include Dalio laying out the most effective ways for individuals and organizations to make decisions, approach challenges, and build strong teams. He also describes the innovative tools the firm uses to bring an idea meritocracy to life, such as creating “baseball cards” for all employees that distill their strengths and weaknesses, and employing computerized decision-making systems to make believability-weighted decisions. While the book brims with novel ideas for organizations and institutions, Principles also offers a clear, straightforward approach to decision-making that Dalio believes anyone can apply, no matter what they’re seeking to achieve.



Leaders Eat Last

In his work with organizations around the world, Simon Sinek noticed that some teams trust each other so deeply that they would literally put their lives on the line for each other. Other teams, no matter what incentives are offered, are doomed to infighting, fragmentation and failure. Why?

The answer became clear during a conversation with a Marine Corps general. "Officers eat last," he said. Sinek watched as the most junior Marines ate first while the most senior Marines took their place at the back of the line. What's symbolic in the chow hall is deadly serious on the battlefield: Great leaders sacrifice their own comfort--even their own survival--for the good of those in their care.

     

Too many workplaces are driven by cynicism, paranoia, and self-interest. But the best ones foster trust and cooperation because their leaders build what Sinek calls a "Circle of Safety" that separates the security inside the team from the challenges outside.

Sinek illustrates his ideas with fascinating true stories that range from the military to big business, from government to investment banking.



Extreme ownership

Detailing the mind-set and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult missions in combat, Extreme Ownership shows how to apply them to any team, family or organization. Each chapter focuses on a specific topic such as Cover and Move, Decentralized Command, and Leading Up the Chain, explaining what they are, why they are important, and how to implement them in any leadership environment.



The dichotomy of leadership

Every leader must be ready and willing to take charge, to make hard, crucial calls for the good of the team and the mission. Something much more difficult to understand is that in order to be a good leader, one must also be a good follower. This is a dichotomy - a Dichotomy of Leadership. It is, as authors Jocko Willink and Leif Babin explained in their best-selling first audiobook, Extreme Ownership, “Simple, Not Easy”.

Now, in The Dichotomy of Leadership, the authors explain the power inherent in the recognition of the fine line that leaders must walk, balancing between two seemingly opposite inclinations. It is with the knowledge and understanding of this balance that a leader can most effectively lead, accomplish the mission, and achieve the goal of every leader and every team: victory.



Die amerikanische Herausforderung

Europa befindet sich zweifelsohne in einer prekären Lage, denn es ist politisch, wirtschaftlich, militärisch und gesellschaftlich von den USA abhängig und selbst die ehemals unbedeutenden asiatischen Staaten entwickeln sich zu weltverändernden Mächten. Der Autor verfasste jedoch keine Anti-Amerika-Parolen, sondern zeigt den Europäern, wie sie sich wieder zu einer eigenen Weltmacht entwickeln können, sofern Politiker mit Willen bereit sind, diesen Weg einzuschlagen. Eines steht jedenfalls fest:

Wir können nur dann Österreicher, Deutsche, Italiener, Ungarn, Engländer und was auch immer bleiben, wenn wir nicht vom amerikanischen und asiatischen Fortschritt überrannt werden, sondern selbst zur fortschrittsschaffenden Weltmacht werden. Um unsere Individualität zu wahren, müssen wir auf der Weltbühne gemeinsam auftreten!



Happy Odyssey

He was intended for the law, but abandoned his studies at Balliol College, Oxford, in 1899 to serve as a trooper in the South African War. Carton de Wiart’s extraordinary military career embraced service with the Somaliland Camel Corps (1914-15), liaison officer with Polish forces (1939), membership of the British Military Mission to Yugoslavia (1941), a period as a prisoner of war (1941-43), and three years as Churchill’s representative to Chiang Kai-shek (1943-46). (Churchill was a great admirer.) During the Great War, besides commanding the 8th Glosters, Carton de Wiart was GOC 12 Brigade (1917) and GOC 105 Brigade (April 1918). Both these commands were terminated by wounds. He was wounded eight times during the war (including the loss of an eye and a hand), won the VC during the Battle of the Somme, was mentioned in dispatches six times, and was the model for Brigadier Ben Ritchie Hook in the Sword of Honour trilogy of Evelyn Waugh.