Cigars, Whiskey and Winning

Cigars, Whiskey and Winning

Leadership Lessons from General Ulysses S. Grant

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  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101157961
  • 336 Pages
  • Prentice Hall Press
  • Adult


Long before leadership became identified as the catalyst for corporate success, the Civil War’s winning general was showing the world how dynamic leadership is the crucial determinant of victory or defeat.Ulysses S. Grant never sought fame of glory, nor did he try to tie his performance to personal reward. Instead, he concentrated on contribution and service. He looked upon being given increased responsibility not as increasing his power, but as increasing his ability to get the job done. “The great thing about Grant…is his perfect correctness and persistency of purpose.” (Abraham Lincoln)

In this masterful retelling of Grant’s story, Al Kaltman draws on Grant’s writings and life experiences to present a series of practical lessons on how to get superior performance from the troops.

Going beyond mere “how-to’s”, Cigars, Whiskey & Winning deals with character traits, core beliefs, and fundamental values to reveal the secrets to becoming a winning leader that are as much about “who to be” as “what to do”. And there isn’t a chart, table, or checklist in sight-just a handy index of lessons for ready inspiration on demand.

Table of Contents

1. Seize Opportunities: April 1822-August 1848
2. Failure: August 1848-April 1861
3. Turn Mistakes into Training Opportunities: April-November 1861
4. Know Your Competition: November 1861-April 1862
5. See the Total Picture: April 6-7, 1862
6. Don’t Scatter Your Resources: April 1862-January 1863
7. Shatter Paradigms: January-October 1863
8. Pounce on Your Competitors’ Blunders: October 1863-March 1864
9. Focus on What You Could Be Doing: March-Mid-June 1864
10. Develop an Alternate Plan: Mid-June 1864-February 1865
11. Always Do What’s Right: February-December 1865

Conclusion: The Quintessential Grant
Addendum: Grant’s Mismanaged Presidency