I recently finished read a fascinating book, ENGINEERS OF VICTORY, by Paul Kennedy. The book is a good read and I highly recommend it, especially for those who like history.
The thirty second review: Kennedy weaves a great look at the technical and scientific minds that helped win World War II through innovation and invention. The focus is how, through cooperation and encouragement, technicians, scientists, logisticians, and other engineering minds solved thousands of challenges — innovating and inventing — new and brilliant solutions to defeat the Axis.
Kennedy’s approach is good reading, less an academic tome or textbook, but substantial in premise and observation. He examines a number of strategic challenges that vexed the Allies — the U-Boat war in the Atlantic, taking command of the skies, stopping blitz tactics, and invading distant and well-fortified beaches. For logistics fans, he focuses one entire section on the “Tyranny of Distance” — how to keep vital war and support materials rapidly moving over thousands of miles so that frontline forces could press a constant attack on the enemy.
If you don’t have time to read the entire work, definitely read the final chapter, Problem Solving in History. It is invaluable in insight and analysis on how complex large organizations (or complicated small organizations) can march ahead when managed and lead by people totally committed to cooperation and encouragement.
Douglas Arnold, The Ingenuity Guru, is a writer, workshop leader, and speaker on ingenuity, imagination, and creativity. His upcoming book “Ingenuity!” focuses on sparking greater innovation in the workplace and community. His weekly podcast “Ingenuity180” airs here on this blog every Thursday, You are invited to follow his blog and on Twitter @DouglasArnold<