General Tony Zinni, Book: Leading the Charge

The Union League Club Authors Group

Business Book Roundtable

August 13, 2009: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business invites alumni and guests to a luncheon event sponsored by the Union League Club Authors Group and co-sponsored by the Booth Business Book Roundtable. General Tony Zinni will present his book: Leading the Charge: Leadership Lessons from the Battlefield to the Boardroom Examining the trends and crises that have reshaped our world, Leading the Charge demonstrates that tomorrow’s successful leaders will need to know how to create, operate, and thrive in fluid environments remarkably different from organizations of the past. They will have to manage rapidly changing technology and flows of information and develop the personal code and vision necessary to maximize excellence and innovations in those they lead. Among General Zinni’s essential leadership rules: •The new leader must be able to operate at a blisteringly fast pace and be quick to harness ever-evolving technologies. •The new leader must be far more curious, broadly knowledgeable, and widely educated than the leader of the past. •The new leader must be able to lead in times of crisis and change. •The new leader must communicate clearly and articulately within his organization and with the larger public.


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Event Details

Book Summary: Leaning the Charge by General Tony Zinni “What’s happened to our leaders and to our leadership?” Based on General Zinni’s leadership experiences from the battlefield to the boardroom, Leading the Charge shows a new way through the significant leadership challenges of the 21st century. The times are changing at an ever-increasing velocity. Old systems, organizations, and ways of operating no longer work in our dynamic, complex, and increasingly unstable new environment. Out of this chaos and confusion, a new and different leader must emerge. Old systems and methods will no longer work. Leading the Charge examines the trends that have reshaped our world and the ways in which visionary leaders and organizations can effectively respond. Tomorrow’s successful leaders—in all fields, including the military, academia, politics, and business—must know how to create, operate, and thrive in very fluid, flattened, and integrated structures that are remarkably different from the traditional organizations we are used to seeing. They will have to manage rapidly changing technology and flows of information, and create faster and more far-reaching spans of control. Leading the Charge makes a convincing case that leaders must... - change with the times to be relevant. - be ready for crisis mode at any given time. - have a moral compass and the ability to steer the company in the right direction. - be forward thinking, not reactive, to provide innovation and creativity. - develop great leaders. Praise for Leading the Charge: "Gen. Anthony Zinni (Ret.) in drawing upon a lifetime of competition on the battlefield and in corporate boardrooms has issued a call to action to restore American leadership and greatness. This is a must read for anyone who is concerned what has happened to our country." --William Cohen, former Secretary of Defense "From one of America’s most respected military leaders and strategic thinkers comes a real, unvarnished, thorough examination of leadership. General Zinni lays out not only lessons of leadership but the leadership that will be required for America’s future. This book should be high on the list of important reading for leaders in every sphere of our society… and especially our next generation of leaders." --Senator Chuck Hagel "Leading the Charge is a thoughtful and evocative lesson plan on leadership which is equally applicable to business leaders as well as military and political leaders. In today’s ‘briar patch’ complex environment where borders do not exist and politics, economics, and military and social issues intertwine, he has artfully detailed the strategy, tactics and logistics that are required for leaders to be successful. From ‘knowing the sea you swim in’ to the importance of balance to building a good organization..." – Thomas J. Campbell, President, DC Capital Partners


$35.00 per person


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Deadline: 8/12/2009


11:30 AM-1:30 PM: Luncheon

Speaker Profiles

General Tony Zinni (Speaker)

Anthony Charles Zinni is a retired four-star General in the United States Marine Corp and a former Commander in Chief of the US Central Command. In 2002, he was selected to be a special envoy for the United States to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. While serving as special envoy, Zinni was also an instructor in the Department of International Studies at the Virginia Military Institute. Presently, he is an instructor at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, a public speaker, and an author of two best-selling books on his military career and foreign affairs, Battle for Peace and Battle Ready. He also is involved in the corporate world. June 26, 2009, General Anthony (Tony) Zinni (USMC ret.), currently a member of the BAE Systems, Inc. Board, has been appointed Chairman of the BAE Systems, Inc. Board and, pending appointment of a permanent successor to Walt Havenstein, Acting President and CEO of BAE Systems, Inc. Zinni holds positions on several boards of directors of major U.S. corporations. In addition, he has held academic positions that include the Stanley Chair in Ethics at the Virginia Military Institute, the Nimitz Chair at the University of California, Berkeley, the Hofheimer Chair at the Joint Forces Staff College, and the Harriman Professorship of Government and membership on the board of the Reves Center for International Studies at the College of William and Mary. Zinni holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and two Masters of Arts degrees, one in International Relations and another in Management and Supervision. Other Books: •Gen. Tony Zinni (ret.) and Tony Koltz (foreword by Tom Clancy) (April 2006). The Battle for Peace: A Frontline Vision of America's Power and Purpose. Palgrave Macmillan. •Tom Clancy, Gen. Tony Zinni (ret.) and Tony Koltz (2004). Battle Ready. Grosset & Dunlap.


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