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Inside View: A Leader's Observations on Leadership by Walter F. Ulmer Jr.

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BAD LESSONS

Press reports in June 1991 indicated that firefighter Red Adair was frustrated. He couldn’t seem to get things quickly organized and supported. His monumental efforts to blow out the fires and cap the wells that had been torched by the retreating Iraqi army were moving erratically amid various kinds of logistical, administrative, and political confusion. Red was quoted as saying that he needed a Norm Schwarzkopf to lead the attack, implying that Norm’s obvious leadership ability would surely bring order out of chaos.

The problems in the Kuwaiti oil fields after the Gulf War were only one of the major problems that we, as members of the global village, witnessed in 1991. We literally watched macro geopolitical systems changing in quick ...

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