Revolutionary Management

John Adams on Leadership


Book Description

John Adams did not hesitate to lead his countrymen into revolution, but when other advocates of American independence focused solely on tearing down British tyranny, Adams kept asking, “Then what?” Asking—and answering—this question was for him the key to managing revolutionary change successfully, for the present and for the ages.

Drawing on the latest Adams scholarship as well as Adams's autobiographical writings, Revolutionary Management: John Adams on Leadership presents—in the spirit and style of author Alan Axelrod's bestsellers Patton on Leadership and Elizabeth I, CEO—128 “lessons” for today's business leaders. Adams's leadership was less about change than about just and effective sustainability, which is why his experience offers such rich, relevant, and immediately applicable lessons to those who manage modern enterprises.

About Axelrod, Alan

After receiving his Ph.D. (with emphasis on American literature and culture) from the University of Iowa in 1979, and serving in the core curriculum of that Big 10 school as a graduate teaching assistant, Alan Axelrod taught at Lake Forest College (Lake Forest, Illinois) during 1979-80 and at Furman University (Greenville, South Carolina) from 1980 to 1982. He entered publishing in 1982 as associate editor with the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum (Winterthur, Delaware). After a brief stint as associate editor at Van Nostrand Reinhold (New York) in 1984, he became senior editor at Abbeville Press (New York) during 1984-91 and then vice president of Zenda, Inc., a consulting firm to museums and cultural institutions. In 1994, he left Zenda to become director of development (chief acquisitions editor) for Turner Publishing, Inc. (Atlanta), a subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. In 1997, he founded The Ian Samuel Group, Inc., a creative services and book-packaging firm, and is its president.

Axelrod has served as consultant to numerous museums and cultural institutions, including the Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum (Rochester, New York), the Airman Memorial Museum (Suitland, Maryland), and the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum (Winterthur, Delaware). He has been a creative consultant for (and on-camera personality in) The Wild West television documentary series (Warner Bros., 1993) and Civil War Journal (A&E Network, 1994), and he served as historical consultant for The Discovery Channel.



Miracle at Belleau Wood: The Birth of the Modern U.S. Marine Corps (Lyons Press, 2007) (A Main Selection of the Military Book Club)

Horrid Pit: The Battle of the Crater, the Civil War's Cruelest Mission (Carroll & Graf, 2007)

Blooding at Great Meadows: Young George Washington and the Battle that Shaped

The Man (Running Press, 2006)

Profiles in Audacity: Great Decisions and How They Were Made (Sterling, 2006)

Patton: A Biography (Palgrave Macmillan's Great Generals Series, 2006), series editor General Wesley K. Clark

Thomas Jefferson (Alpha “Critical Lives” series biography, 2001)

Benito Mussolini (Alpha “Critical Lives” series biography, 2001)

Astronomy (Oryx Frontiers of Science Series) (with Christopher De Pree) (Oryx, 2000)

Complete Idiot's Guide to Criminology (Macmillan/Alpha, 2002)

Complete Idiot's Guide to World War I (Macmillan/Alpha, 2000)

Complete Idiot's Guide to the 20th Century (Macmillan/Alpha, 1999)

Complete Idiot's Guide to the American Revolution (Macmillan/Alpha, 1999)

Complete Idiot's Guide to Jazz (Macmillan/Alpha, 1999)

Complete Idiot's Guide to Astronomy (with Christopher De Pree) (Macmillan/Alpha, 1999; Second Edition, 2001)

Complete Idiot's Guide to the Civil War (Macmillan/Alpha, 1998)

Complete Idiot's Guide to Mixing Drinks (Macmillan/Alpha, 1998)

Complete Idiot's Guide to American History (Macmillan/Alpha, 1996; Second Edition, 2000)

My Brother's Face: Portraits of the Civil War (with Charles Phillips; Chronicle Books, 1993)

What Everyone Should Know About the 20th Century: 200 Events That Shaped Our Time (with Charles Phillips; Adams, 1993)

Songs of the Wild West (Simon and Schuster/Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992)

The War between the Spies: A History of Espionage During the American Civil War (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1992)

A Chronicle of the Indian Wars: From Colonial Times to Wounded Knee (Prentice-Hall Press, 1992)

What Every American Should Know About American History: 200 Events That Shaped the Nation (with Charles Phillips; Adams, 1992)

Art of the Golden West (Abbeville Press, 1991)

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Political History of America's Wars (CQ Press, 2006)

Encyclopedia of the American Armed Forces (Facts on File, 2005)

America's Wars (John Wiley, 2002)

The Concise VNR Encyclopedia of Science (with Christopher De Pree) (John Wiley, 2002)

Congressional Quarterly's American Treaties and Alliances (CQ Press, 2000)

The Penguin Dictionary of American Folklore (Penguin Reference, 2000)

The Macmillan Dictionary of Military Biography (Macmillan, 1998)

Miss Nomer's Guide to Painfully Incorrect English: An A-to-Z Handbook of Common Errors —and How to Avoid Them (Berkley, 1998)

Encyclopedia of the American West, four volumes (with Charles Phillips; Macmillan General Reference, 1996)

The Encyclopedia of Secret Societies and Fraternal Orders (Facts On File, 1996)

Cops, Crooks, and Criminologists: A Biographical Dictionary of Law Enforcement (Facts On File, 1995)

Dictators and Tyrants (Facts On File, 1994)

The Environmentalists: A Biographical Dictionary from the 17th Century to the Present (Facts on File, 1993)

Management and Business Titles

Eisenhower on Leadership: Ike's Enduring Lessons in Total Victory Management (Jossey-Bass, 2006)

Getting Your Way Every Day: Mastering the Lost Art of Pure Persuasion (Amacom, 2006)

When the Buck Stops with You: Harry S. Truman on Leadership (Portfolio, 2004)

My First Book of Business Ethics (Quirk Books, 2004)

My First Book of Business Etiquette (Quirk Books, 2004)

Nothing to Fear: Leadership Lessons from FDR (Portfolio, 2003)

Profiles in Leadership (Prentice-Hall Press, 2002)

Everything I Know About Business I Learned from Monopoly (Running Press, 2002)

How to Say it from the Heart: Communicating with Those Who Matter in Your Personal and Professional Life (Prentice-Hall Press, 2001)¶

Elizabeth I, CEO: Strategic Lessons in Corporate Leadership from a Woman Who Built an Empire (Prentice-Hall Press, 2000) A Business Week bestseller

Patton on Leadership: Strategic Lessons for Corporate Warfare (Prentice-Hall Press, 1999) A Business Week bestseller

How to Say it at Work: Putting Yourself Across with Power Words, Phrases, Body Language, and Communication Secrets (Prentice-Hall Press, 1998) ¶

201 Ways to Manage Your Time Better (McGraw-Hill, 1997)

201 Ways to Deal with Difficult People (McGraw-Hill, 1997)

201 Ways to Say No Gracefully and Effectively (McGraw-Hill, 1997)

The Lifetime Guide to Business Speaking and Writing (Prentice-Hall Press, 1996) ¶

The Do-It-Yourself Business Promotions Kit (Prentice-Hall Press, 1995) ¶

How to Say It Best (Prentice-Hall Press, 1994) ¶

The Business Speaker's Almanac (Prentice-Hall Press, 1994) ¶

Speaking Up: What to Say to Your Boss and Everyone Else Who Gets on Your Case (Adams Communications, 1993)§

The New Handbook of Business Letters (Prentice-Hall Press, 1993); reissued as The Complete Handbook of Model Business Letters

¶ Published under the pseudonym “Jack Griffin”

§ Published under the pseudonym “Mark Ruskin”

Study Guides

Ace Your Midterms and Finals: Introduction to Psychology (McGraw-Hill/Schaum, 1999)

Ace Your Midterms and Finals: U.S. History (McGraw-Hill/Schaum, 1999)

Ace Your Midterms and Finals: Fundamentals of Mathematics (McGraw-Hill/Schaum, 1999)

Ace Your Midterms and Finals: Introduction to Physics (McGraw-Hill/Schaum, 1999)

Ace Your Midterms and Finals: Introduction to Biology (McGraw-Hill/Schaum, 1999)

Ace Your Midterms and Finals: Principles of Economics (McGraw-Hill/Schaum, 1999)