Management: An Ancient Art

MANAGEMENT An Ancient Art Twenty centuries separate Julius Caesar and Robert S. McNamara, yet the two resemble each other in important respects. Caesar took over Rome by returning to the city at the head of an army that helped him consolidate power; McNamara became Defense Secretary at the head of a much smaller army of civilian experts from the RAND Corp., who helped him to fend off admirals and generals. Similarly, the original Henry Ford resembles Napoleon Bonaparte because both became so surrounded by yes men that they were unaware of structural problems. Howard Hughes is not unlike Charles I...