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In Business and Battle: Strategic Leadership in the Civilian and Military Spheres
Ashgate Publishing, August 2012, Pages: 156
The UK's Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) annual programme unites senior personnel from around the world who are preparing for the highest responsibilities in civilian and military spheres. Each year, representatives of some fifty countries share on average over a thousand years of experience in some of the most complex and demanding environments on earth. 'In Business and Battle' is the synthesis of the expert analysis and experience of participants in that programme, tested and sharpened by extensive international field work and coupled with contributions by first-rate presenters external to the programme. It deals with strategy and top level strategic leadership together and views them from multinational, multicultural and multisectoral perspectives. In so doing, it pushes the boundaries beyond a mere description of commercial, civilian and military strategic environments; it provides extensive and deep insights into how to interpret and shape those environments.
Preface, David Ellery
Foreword, Sir John Parker
Part I Introduction and Setting the Context
- Introduction, Nicholas Beale
- The current strategic environment, N. Stanley, Lord Cope, D. Di Carlo and N. Khokhar.
Part II The View from Industry
- Perspectives on leadership and strategy, Ian Davis
- Commercial top strategic leadership: a helicopter view, Lütz Bertling.
Part III The Military Perspective
- The uniqueness of top strategic leadership, R. Knighton, S. Akulov and K. Engelbreksten
- The characteristics of effective top strategic leaders, R. Rider, D. Di Carlo, P. Nazim and X. Tshofela
- Defining the context: top strategic leadership in multinational and multilateral context, R. Toomey, K. Engelbreksten, P. Phelan, P. Rutherford and S. Storrie
- Decision making in the strategic environment, R. Knighton, Prince Sultan bin Khalid al-Saud, N. Khokhar and X. Tshofela
- Developing the talent: spotting and nurturing future top strategic leaders, P. Buxton, S. Akulov, K. Engelbreksten, J. Free and P. Nazim.
Part IV: 'Golden Thread' and Unifying Themes: Conclusion, Charles Style
Afterword, Lord Patten
Vice-Admiral Charles Style was until spring 2012 the Commandant of The Royal College of Defence Studies, London. A Cambridge graduate, his sea commands included five ships culminating with the aircraft-carrier and fleet flagship HMS Illustrious, followed by flag command of the UK Maritime Force, and the maritime element of the NATO Response Force. As Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Commitments) in the Ministry of Defence, he was Director of UK Military Operations, and ran the Defence Crisis Management Organisation. These and other roles have engaged him in leadership, strategy and capability development both nationally and much further afield. He is an Executive-in-Residence at the Manchester Business School, and has established a business providing international strategic advice, consultancy and leadership development.
Nicholas Beale is a strategy consultant and Chairman of Sciteb, a firm that provides innovative strategic thinking to top management both in developing their strategies and their boards. He is known internationally for innovative approaches to strategic problems, including fundamental new thinking on systemic risk, and has given seminars at Harvard, Oxford and Tsinghua Universities as well as to central banks and regulators worldwide. His work has been featured in the FT, WSJ, HBR and Nature. He is a Fellow of the RSA and the Royal Institution, a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.
David Ellery is a Foreign Office official with extensive first-hand experience of strategic policy-making and its implementation at the national and international level. He is also Senior Directing Staff Emeritus at the Royal College of Defence Studies (where his recent work on India and China as emerging global powers has been published) and is a Fellow and Trustee in the University of Durham, where, as a member of Van Mildert College, he graduated with a Double Honours degree and a distinction.