More stuff to read after you’ve OD’d on Boyd’s Discourse.
- One reader suggested Nicholas Taleb, particularly Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan, and Antifragile
- Another recommended Reality is not what it seems, by Carlo Rovelli and The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling, by James Hillman
Please add your suggestions in the Comments.
If you’d like more on how the IDF operates, here are two by Martin van Creveld:
- Command in War (also one of Boyd’s favorites; the quote on Organic Design chart 29 starts on p. 199).
- The Olive and the Sword, a Critical History of the Israeli Defense Force
The important thing is not to take any of these as gospel (same applies to Boyd’s briefings, too) but as sources of ideas. For example a previous post mentioned four elements of the IDF culture:
- Complete the mission
- Perform every action to perfection
- Follow through at any cost
- Be “ruthlessly candid” in debriefings
On page 196 of Command, van Creveld cites:
- Individual daring
- Maintenance of aim
Are these different translations of the same concepts? Complementary? Contradictory? Would any apply to you? How would you build them in your organization? How could you demonstrate that your program is working, i.e., that you’re having a positive effect on organizational performance?