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If one considers that the prime mission of management is to ensure the continuation and success of the company, then it is very easy to see how British Admiral Horatio Nelson's once-unique method of getting his captains to wage his kind of battle is applicable to the modern corporation. Vincent writes: … Nelson knew that it was the prime responsibility of the commander himself to invent the strategy€¦. Nelson would not be out of place in the company of the most sophisticated of modern managers. He could probably teach most of them a thing or two about strategic vision, communication and collaboration, trust, delegation and empowerment, all underlying ideas of mission command, all relevant to all organizations (cq), and all part of Nelson's actual management style. [1] Vincent makes the point that this is all essential modern management theory, but he is very careful to note the ways in which Nelson accomplished the accord that handed him his victories. It was not a ‘woo woo' pie-in-the-sky dependence on the convergence of planets or mystical meetings of the minds. Nor did he do it by creating a major ‘playbook,' with various possibilities and scenarios laid out with the various responses of each captain/manager ‘programmed' as well. Vincent concluded that: We can be certain that he concentrated not on detailed plans for each of a wide range of hypothetical circumstances but on the principles he saw as applicable in all circumstances. These were likely to have been simple. Forget the formal Order of Battle, we shall form up as most convenient at the time. We shall immediately attack the enemy and immediately get close to our target. We shall concentrate our whole force on one or two parts o...

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