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Adapt or Die: Battle-tested Principles for Leaders

by Lt Gen (Ret) Rick Lynch

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In Adapt or Die: Battle-Tested Principles for Leaders, retired Lieutenant General Rick Lynch shares the wisdom he learned as a decorated officer and leader in the US Army. A graduate of West Point, with a Masters Degree from M.I.T., Lynch has had a distinguished career where he served in leadership in various capacities. Adapt or Die shares what he learned as he pursued excellence in leadership.

Adapt or DieThis book is a 'success memoir.' Lynch talks about moments he felt like quitting but didn't (like at West Point or MIT), his superior work ethic, the things he learned from good mentors (and a few bad leaders), how he responded to people's needs and concerns, the ways he implemented new technology, the way he crafted a 'family first culture,' and the role of his faith in his leadership. Lynch is vulnerable about where he struggled to control his anger, his sometimes faulting attempts at availability, and his desire to lead in ways that reflected his faith. He also talks about difficult and defining moments in his career (i.e. new roles, and new situations, losing soldiers under his charge, etc). But for the most part, this book is about wisdom hard-won throughout his illustrious military career.

This is a quick read with some good insights. Some of the chapters are punctuated by 'Lynch's Leadership Principles' (which are also collected in an appendix. Because Lynch is a Christian, he also shares Bible verses that inspire his leadership and shares some of his faith journey.

Personally I didn't resonate with Lynch's leadership sloganeering and have issues with the shallow way he appropriates scripture. Yet he was a successful military officer with a wealth of leadership experience. Most of it is of the variety of work-hard- don't-quit-and-treat-people-right variety. All good stuff. Lynch executed leadership well, but don't expect new insights. I give this three and a half stars.

Note: I received this book from Baker Books in exchange for my Honest review
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  Jamichuk | May 22, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0801018447, Paperback)

Many authors write about leadership, but few have lived it at the level of Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch. The world is in desperate need of authentic, reliable leaders at all levels of society. Twenty-first-century leaders face unprecedented challenges and rapid change, and leaders with a keen ability to adapt are in high demand.

Sharing stories from the front and insights born from overcoming adversity on both the battlefield and in the boardroom, Lynch reveals impactful leadership principles ranging from earning respect and working effectively with diverse teams to adapting to new technology and laying a foundation of trust built upon integrity. With refreshing directness, he shows readers how to make wise calls and gain the confidence they need to lead in our ever-changing world.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:29:50 -0400)

Many authors write about leadership, but few have lived it at the level of Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch. The world is in desperate need of authentic, reliable leaders at all levels of society. Twenty-first-century leaders face unprecedented challenges and rapid change, and leaders with a keen ability to adapt are in high demand. Sharing stories from the front and insights born from overcoming adversity on both the battlefield and in the boardroom, Lynch reveals impactful leadership principles ranging from earning respect and working effectively with diverse teams to adapting to new technology and laying a foundation of trust built upon integrity. With refreshing directness, he shows readers how to make wise calls and gain the confidence they need to lead in our ever-changing world.… (more)

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