• General Patton, the leading subordinate

    Some people work best as subordinates. General George Patton, the great American military hero of World War II, is a prime example. Patton was America’s top troop commander. Yet when hew as proposed for an independent command, General George Marshall, the U.S. chief of staff–and probably the most successful picker of men in U.S. history–said, “Patton is the best subordinate the American army has every produced, but he would be the worst commander.”

    More in “Managing Oneself,” by Peter Drucker in the Harvard Business Review. Read it and contemplate your own strengths and limitations. (H/t Amitabh Chandra.)


    • He also wrote “Post-industrial Society” published in 1993. In it, he expored the problems that surround economic development for our nation that is predominantly associated with information based institutions, e.g., the healthcare industry. The result, then, of his thesis was that for information based institutions, their future economic success would be assurred based on their ability to appreciate the assests represented by their professional empolyees. For a publically held corporation, the degree of apprecition would be measurable by its value determined by the stock-market. In short, a self-reforming healthcare industry will need a formal professional development strategy at every level. Our current dependence on “continuing education” won’t suffice.