Historic Gigster - Authority Should not Require Coercion

Our authority over the people we manage should not stem from our reliance on coercive means. We may find that such methods may provide temporary compliance, but it is seldom lasting. More likely than not, the perceived authority gained from compliance is likely only an illusion and may actually undermine future management interactions.

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Historic Gigster – A Lesson from Hitler: Divisive Speech is a Loser’s Proposition

Perhaps it is the case that once a divisive vision has been laid out, straying from that path becomes more difficult over time. Perhaps this is true, but that reinforces the critical need not to adopt such a vision in the first place. History has shown time and time again that it is those generals who are able to build the largest coalitions who succeed. This is why divisive speech is a loser’s proposition – it may win an upcoming battle or two, but it will never win the war.

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Historic Gigster – Caesar at Alesia – The Very Definition of Expereinced Leadership

The events that unfolded at Alesia in 52 BCE are a critical lesson for every manager, leader, or business owner. When conditions are at their most dire, even a seemingly meaningless little twist in how something is done can make the difference between success or failure. That small decision, which in any other situation would be relatively meaningless, is then crucial in determining the outcome. It is the convergence of dire conditions that can make these small factors so incredibly important.

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Historic Gigster – The Pragmatism of Emperor Ieyasu

The Japanese allowed the Portuguese to set up a trading post. At first Portugal did not have much that was of interest to Japan for trade, but as capable sea-farers they could ferry valuable silks and porcelain from mainland China. One commodity that the Portuguese did bring were firearms, and these were highly valued by the Japanese. Trade flourished for several decades while the Portuguese were unchallenged by other Europeans.

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Historic Gigster – Vlad, Leopold, Walls and Leadership Through Fear and Secrecy

“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown” as Shakespeare wrote in his play King Henry the Fourth. It makes for great drama, but this is not what drives most infamous rulers to be feared. While cruelty is learned, as was the case with Vlad, one could argue that he was just being expedient. What about in cases where there isn’t a constant threat to the ruler? How is fear used over longer periods of time?

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Historic Gigster – Rob Roy and Becoming Legendary Through Honorable Acts

To quote the Rob Roy movie: “All men with honor are kings. But not all kings have honor.” Finding honorable things to do may take some thought and these things may be very small. Perhaps it requires pulling a thoughtful quote from a presentation that you made. Another idea is to share the charitable work you are involved in. Another way is being recognized for the way you treat your employees or clients. These could be small acts, but taken together, they establish an honorable presence.

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Historic Gigster – Redbad, the King Who Knew How to Ride the Tide

I had never heard of Redbad. Frankly, the name sounded like something the folks at Disney would have dreamed up to sell more theater tickets, so I started to watch this with considerable skepticism, but I was pleasantly surprised. Now it’s not historically perfect and some of the scenes drag on far too long, but if you like the History Channel’s Vikings or you need another Braveheart-fix before you do your taxes this year, Redbad is pretty good. For me it launched a whole new interest and I started to seek out this history I knew so little about. Yes, Redbad was a real person and yes, that was his name.

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Historic Gigster - How the Harnessing of Fire Changed Early Humans and What We Can Learn from This

Forest fires, whether caused by lightening or a volcanic eruption, must initially have been a terrifying and calamitous event for early humans. However, what remained in its wake was sure to be a significant discovery. Among the devastation they found newly cooked food that was easier to find and collect, but also easier to eat: nuts were exposed, grains and roots were softened, and meat was tender.

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King Gustav and the Importance of the Winter Initiative

At the height of the Second Northern War of 1656-60, King Charles X Gustav was bogged down in Northern Europe against Sweden’s powerful Eastern neighbors: Germans, Poles, Russians and their allies. The campaign had been reduced to a guerilla war of attrition. It was slowly depleting the morale of his men and his leadership was in doubt. Then there was more bad news from the West. Seeing a chance to cast off the yoke of their powerful neighbor, the Danes took this opportunity to also declare open war on Sweden and join the alliance against Gustav.

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