Reporting for Board Duty

Former military officers are increasingly trading their dress uniforms for business suits

The parallels between the boardroom and the battlefield have long been noted by those who study business. Indeed, aspiring business leaders are as likely to read The Art of War as they are In Search of Excellence, in the hopes that the strategic lessons of combat can be applied to various corporate challenges and conflicts. On the battlefield, even the most carefully considered plan will invariably need to change in response to the situation at hand. Companies facing an aggressive competitor in a cutthroat market find the pace no less chaotic, though thankfully less bloody.

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