War Stories: Fighting, Competing, Imagining, Leading

War Stories: Fighting, Competing, Imagining, Leading

War Stories: Fighting, Competing, Imagining, Leading advances a leadership model for business that takes Americans beyond combat and competition as the default setting for our daily enterprise. The book draws on feature and documentary films, TV, social science, and journalism to show that, in the 21st century, the United States is reaping the fruit of a long-standing and deep-rooted faith in one take on business practice.
Rooted in the history of World War II and the Vietnam era, War Stories traces an arc of military American self-perception on the screen, the printed page, and in public conversation over the past 20 years. It juxtaposes to that arc a different, potentially more liberating and productive story, linking personal and professional commitments to organizational culture and, finally, systems thinking. Ethical, sustainable business practice depends on leaders who can tell that story of business in society, integrating public, private, and civil sector imperatives for an audience eager to engage them.

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Leigh Hafrey

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Leigh Hafrey teaches ethics, leadership, and managerial communication at MIT Sloan School of Management. Over the past three decades, he has also served as a lecturer at Harvard Business School, co-master of Mather House in Harvard College, staff editor at The New York Times Book Review, and seminar moderator for the Aspen Institute. His publications include translations, journalism, essays, reviews, interviews, case studies and the book The Story of Success: Five Steps to Mastering Ethics in Business (2005).