CHAPTER 4

Ecosystem Capabilities

How Can You Develop the Critical Capabilities of a Successful Ecosystem?

North Africa, 1941. Rommel’s Deutsches Afrika Korps is winning the war in the Western Desert. Convinced by the evidence that the British cannot win in North Africa by conventional military means, an aristocratic junior officer from Scotland, notorious for his irreverence, irresponsibility, and charm, uses his social advantage to inveigle a meeting with the top military brass in Cairo. David Stirling proposes a new approach, the antithesis of military hierarchy and chain of command. His idea is based on small, self-led units using stealth, agility, and cunning to engage the enemy where they least expect it. His insight: while the Germans ...

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