History Lessons: What business and management can learn from by Jonathan Gifford

By Jonathan Gifford

Pericles of Athens, Lorenzo of Florence, Alexander the nice, Genghis Khan, Elizabeth I, Napoleon Bonaparte, Zhou Enlai, Ghandi, Lee Kwan Yew - those are only many of the nice names who replaced the process background. faraway from being dated and inappropriate, their activities and strategies, and how within which they performed themselves in history's nice occasions, are a useful resource of classes and suggestion for brand new supervisor or government. during this interesting, cross-disciplinary e-book Jonathan Gifford examines ten serious matters (eg, getting the constitution correct, surroundings the course, forging partnerships, making issues flourish) dealing with modern supervisor and what historical past can give a contribution in the direction of a better knowing of them. furthermore, Gifford makes use of the lens of historical past to supply modern managers with new views and recommendations to really comparable difficulties confronted through the nice names of background

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The war was being won. Early in 1865, Robert E. Lee was forced to retreat from Richmond and after a retreat of nine days, surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Court House. Grant offered generous terms of surrender and worked hard to allow the Confederate Army to stand down with their pride intact. Grant accepted Lee’s surrender on April 9th 1865; on April 14th Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Both, a Confederate spy who had previously planned to kidnap Lincoln and exchange him for Confederate prisoners, but had finally been driven to murder by Lincoln’s recent speech promoting voting rights for black Americans.

The crowd was buzzed by Sabre jet fighters to try to panic them into dispersing; then Saracen armored vehicles were lined up; then the police opened fire. The official death toll was 69 dead, including eight women and ten children, with 180 injured. In the aftermath of the shootings, the ANC was banned. It was clear that non-violent protest had run its course and failed. The ANC, now an illegal organization, went underground. Mandela formed the military arm of the ANC—Umkhonto we Sizwe or “Spear of the Nation,” often abbreviated as MK—which began a campaign of sabotage.

The naval commander called for a retreat. Churchill maintained that had they persisted, the attack would have been successful—but a more likely scenario is that the ships would have been stranded in the Sea of Marmara with a minefield between them and the Mediterranean and insufficient troops to force an attack on Constantinople. The naval failure was bad; worse was to follow. Australian and New Zealand troops stationed in Egypt were sent to the Dardanelles, along with British and French contingents.

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