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

By Jonathan Gifford

ISBN-10: 0462099369

ISBN-13: 9780462099361

Pericles of Athens, Lorenzo of Florence, Alexander the nice, Genghis Khan, Elizabeth I, Napoleon Bonaparte, Zhou Enlai, Ghandi, Lee Kwan Yew - those are only a few of the nice names who replaced the process historical past. faraway from being dated and inappropriate, their activities and options, and how within which they carried out themselves in history's nice occasions, are a useful resource of classes and proposal for brand new supervisor or government. during this attention-grabbing, cross-disciplinary publication Jonathan Gifford examines ten severe concerns (eg, getting the constitution correct, atmosphere the course, forging partnerships, making issues flourish) dealing with cutting-edge supervisor and what historical past can give a contribution in the direction of a better realizing of them. additionally, Gifford makes use of the lens of heritage to supply modern managers with new views and recommendations to actually comparable difficulties confronted by way of the nice names of historical past

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This ran out of control as ‘people’s courts’ turned on local authorities and accused them of helping the government, handing out brutal punishments including the fatal ‘necklacing’: murdering victims by placing a burning tire around their neck. International pressure for the release of Mandela increased. W. de Klerk. A year later, de Klerk announced Mandela’s freedom. A gray-haired but upright Mandela emerged into a glare of publicity that took him by surprise; the world was impressed by his dignity, fortitude, and resolution.

Lincoln was re-elected. Sherman began to fight and burn his way further south towards Savannah while Grant drove Confederacy forces back down the Shenandoah Valley. 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.

Pericles was famosly calm and measured. Nothing, it seems, could disturb his composure. He was also famously incorruptible—his family wealth being a guarantee that Pericles had no reason to be so tempted. He kept himself aloof, avoiding dinner parties, putting in an appearance at family weddings but quickly excusing himself. Perhaps the most distinctive characteristic of Pericles was his skill as an orator. The closest that we have to a record of Pericles’ real speeches are those written down by his contemporary, the historian Thucydides.

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