Tuesday, October 12, 2010

marine-per-neur + "business is warfare"

I read an article in Turningpoint Magazine about Brooklyn bred clothing designer, Karl Kani, way back in 2004.  Kani went through a large court battle with a company called Skechers who want his company to go public and Karl refused to give up control of a company that he built. Karl has said that the experience made him realize that "Business is warfare and you've got to be prepared for battle at any moment to really stand for what you want".

I recently read a story in the Dallas Morning News llast week about a marine turned entrepreneur.  I found the business article interesting and a few pointers stood out.  The Marine Corps emphasizes 14 leadership traits, all of which can help you in warfare and in business:

•Dependability
The certainty of proper performance of duty.

•Bearing
Creating a favorable impression in carriage, appearance and personalconduct at all times.

•Courage
The mental quality that recognizes fear of danger or criticism, but enables a man to proceed in the face of it with calmness and firmness.

•Decisiveness
Ability to make decisions promptly and to announce them in clear, forceful manner.

•Endurance
The mental and physical stamina measured by the ability to withstand pain, fatigue, stress and
hardship.

•Enthusiasm
The display of sincere interest and exuberance in the performance of duty.•InitiativeTaking action in the absence of orders.

•Integrity
Uprightness of character and soundness of moral principles; includes the qualities of truthfulness and honesty.

•Judgment
The ability to weigh facts and possible solutions on which to base sound decisions.

•Justice
Giving reward and punishment according to merits of the case in question. The ability to administer a system of rewards and punishments impartially and consistently.

•Knowledge
Understanding of a science or an art. The range of one's information, including professional knowledge and an understanding of your Marines.

•Tact
The ability to deal with others without creating offense.

•Unselfishness
Avoidance of providing for one's own comfort and personal advancement at the expense of others.

•Loyalty
The quality of faithfulness to country, the Corps, the unit, to one's seniors, subordinates and peers.

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