Thank you Shepherd’s of Westminster for hosting a wonderful literary dinner, chaired by former defence minister Lord Robathan, where eminent Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman spoke about his seminal book ‘Strategy’.
Over dinner Sir Lawrence set out the themes to his book (having read it last year I can’t recommend it more highly) and took questions from the distinguished guests who included senior parliamentarians and business leaders.
He is one of our most celebrated military historians of his generation, and his book cites numerous situations and individuals with examples from chimpanzees and the Bible through to Napoleon and Karl Marx. As Matthew Parris complained recently “there seems to be a strategy for everything“, Sir Lawrence offered an antidote to this.
If you are interested in getting things done in complex, fluid situations from business to advancing your career in a large organisation, it’s an essential read.
P.S. Another useful book on strategy is Alastair Campbell’s “Winners.”