Dividends & Interest
Major General John Admire stood on the edge of the battlefield on a white-hot September afternoon and watched his inexperienced troops engaged in a full-out retreat. He realized that he faced a leadership dilemma. His troops were in a state of chaos—most were out of position, some were nearly overcome by the heat, and all but a few seemed to have forgotten everything they had been taught in training. Despite the fact that Admire's troops had practiced this exact scenario, they were not executing.
As much as Admire wanted to charge out on the field himself, he resisted—for two reasons. First, his thirty-three years in the Marine Corps had taught him that battle by its very nature is ...