Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead ハードカバー – 2019/9/3
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A clear-eyed account of learning how to lead in a chaotic world, by General Jim Mattis—the former Secretary of Defense and one of the most formidable strategic thinkers of our time—and Bing West, a former assistant secretary of defense and combat Marine.
Call Sign Chaos is the account of Jim Mattis’s storied career, from wide-ranging leadership roles in three wars to ultimately commanding a quarter of a million troops across the Middle East. Along the way, Mattis recounts his foundational experiences as a leader, extracting the lessons he has learned about the nature of warfighting and peacemaking, the importance of allies, and the strategic dilemmas—and short-sighted thinking—now facing our nation. He makes it clear why America must return to a strategic footing so as not to continue winning battles but fighting inconclusive wars.
Mattis divides his book into three parts: Direct Leadership, Executive Leadership, and Strategic Leadership. In the first part, Mattis recalls his early experiences leading Marines into battle, when he knew his troops as well as his own brothers. In the second part, he explores what it means to command thousands of troops and how to adapt your leadership style to ensure your intent is understood by your most junior troops so that they can own their mission. In the third part, Mattis describes the challenges and techniques of leadership at the strategic level, where military leaders reconcile war’s grim realities with political leaders’ human aspirations, where complexity reigns and the consequences of imprudence are severe, even catastrophic.
Call Sign Chaos is a memoir of a life of warfighting and lifelong learning, following along as Mattis rises from Marine recruit to four-star general. It is a journey about learning to lead and a story about how he, through constant study and action, developed a unique leadership philosophy, one relevant to us all.
Advance praise for Call Sign Chaos
“Combining simplicity and thoughtfulness, Jim Mattis has produced a classic account of a lifetime of service. Call Sign Chaos is a lesson in leadership and an evocation of humanity in the cause of peace.”—Henry Kissinger
“In this magnificent memoir, Jim Mattis details many important events in his career, but he also does much more: He explains how he is informed by his experiences in a way that teaches you how to learn from your own. Read, enjoy, and learn.”—George Shultz
I am a USN Chief Petty Officer (Ret) and absolutely loved this book by the General... As explained in the blurb, it is divided into 3 sections..direct leadership, executive leadership and strategic leadership.
Reading is an excellent way to broaden my horizons and this book did exactly that for me. The Marines, of course, are famiiar to me but this book gave me further insight into their training. I had no idea, for example, that all are trained as Infantry Officers first. And, when they go up the ladder in the 'O's that they are given a new book to study for that position.
This one will explain leadership techniques to anyone that is interested. One of my favorite parts was that the intent of the leader must be understood. The three C's ....competence, caring and conviction were also mentioned. The caring part is so true when being a leader as those junior troops will not only hear that but feel it...in their hearts.
I did have one laugh out loud moment in remembering my days as a USN recruiter. Tough times for both of us, it appears. He, of course, was in charge of the recruiters and I was on the receiving end. The mid 1980's was not a good time for either of us!
Just an outstanding book which I enjoyed reading thoroughly. I kept envisioning going into the USMC and advancing up the ladder to eventually become the Secretary of Defense. A plus 40 years of service in the Corps. Wow..just wow... Truly hope you enjoy your well deserved retirement...as we say in the USN. Bravo Zulu, Sir... I salute you.
Most highly recommended and for multiple reasons., integrity, honesty, service to country and an outstanding style of leadership...
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Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead
Mattis, Jim, West, Bing
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Most of this book is taken up by vivid descriptions of Mattis’s forty-year career in the Marine Corps, and the lessons he derived from that experience. Mattis has never been married (although apparently he proposed once, but that’s not in this book), and seems, in essence, married to the Corps. Such a monkish ethos was once common among military types—the Templars and the Hospitallers are the most famous examples, and I believe there are similar examples among some Eastern cultures. Today, with the exaltation of personal freedom and license, this rigid, self-demanding code seems a bit odd. Or not so much odd, as out of place. But we could all use a lot more that code, I think.
We’re not going to get it from our current ruling class, certainly. And perhaps sometimes it leads Mattis, enmeshed in a society in which he doesn’t really fit, into errors. The most famous of those was, perhaps, his membership on the board of directors of the mega-fraud company Theranos, where Elizabeth Holmes conned elderly men into, effectively, vouching for her fraud. (Read John Carreyrou’s outstanding "Bad Blood" for more.) But in a long life of action, every man should be permitted a few mulligans, and nobody can doubt that Mattis has given much more to our society than he has been given.
As far as modern politics, there is some implicit criticism of both Trump and Obama, but most of the focus is on Mattis’s belief that a robust internationalism is in the interests of the United States. (In fact, his break with Trump occurred over Trump’s desire to withdraw from Syria.) Maybe. I’m not convinced, but if anyone is worth reading on the topic, it’s Mattis, rather than talking heads like David Frum or Max Boot. And to his credit, Mattis isn’t interested in imposing democracy. It’s our interests he cares about. He just thinks that “nations with allies thrive; nations without allies wither.”
Oh, there is also advice on how individuals should act. But this is not a self-help book. It is Mattis’s attempt to convey wisdom to the nation. Regardless of your political alignment, therefore, this is a measured book well worth reading.