This is a book that anyone in leadership should take the time to read. John Boyd was a man with a large personality and an impenetrable drive. He was misunderstood by many during his lifetime but his contribution to strategy changed the future of the military. His life is a testament to the importance of perseverance and determination. This book also provides insight into key elements of strategy that can improve the readers leadership.
A few quotes:
“You have principle and integrity. That means you will be criticized and attacked. But in the end you will win. Don’t let it bother you.”
“You gotta challenge all assumptions. If you don’t what is doctrine on day one becomes dogma forever after.”
“People should come first. Then ideas. And then hardware.”
Tiger, one day you will come to a fork in the road and you’re going to have to make a decision about which direction you want to go. If you go that way you will be somebody. You will have to make compromises…but you will be a member of the club and you will be promoted and you will get good assignments. Or you can go that way and you can do something…If you decide you want to do something, you may not get promoted and you may not get the good assignments…but you won’t have to compromise yourself…To be somebody or to do something…Which way will you go?