Colonel John Boyd (USAF) told people that they had a choice: they could be somebody or they could do something. Being somebody meant playing by the rules and getting promoted. Doing something was John Boyd speciality.
With no power but his convictions and persuasiveness he changed air combat, instigated the F-16 fighter programme, changed Marine Corps tactics and inspired the war-winning right hook during the Gulf War.
Boyd: How a fighter pilot changed the art of war is the well-written story of how he did it. Not only for aviation enthusiasts and military historians (who must read it), this book is interesting to a general audience and, I think, particularly useful for managers.
See my post about Boyd’s Patterns of Conflict briefing.
View Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War on Amazon.