Entrepreneurship in one lesson

This is from a French soldier’s view of US soldiers in Afghanistan. Unexpectedly entirely positive. Here I only put up this passage to explain what entrepreneurship looks like.

And combat? If you have seen Rambo you have seen it all — always coming to the rescue when one of our teams gets in trouble, and always in the shortest delay. That is one of their tricks: they switch from T-shirt and sandals to combat ready in three minutes. Arriving in contact with the enemy, the way they fight is simple and disconcerting: they just charge! They disembark and assault in stride, they bomb first and ask questions later — which cuts any pussyfooting short.

It is the only managerial style that works. Of course, it won’t work in areas which are funded by the public sector, where profitability and adding value are never a consideration. But in the private sector, if a business is left alone to get on with its business, this is how it is done. I only hope I don’t have to remind you that this example of soldiers in the field is not to be taken literally.

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29 Responses to Entrepreneurship in one lesson

  1. 1735099

    It sure as hell didn’t work in Vietnam – for both the French and the Americans.
    Ironically, when it comes to entrepreneurship, the Vietnamese are superior to both the French and the Americans.
    Cliché fails……

  2. Old School Conservative

    You never fail to make me laugh numbers.
    Bless your little cotton socks.

  3. egg_

    The yanks could have rolled North Vietnam flat, had they chose to.

  4. Fred

    Interesting bit about American soldiers being heavily built.

    The same can be said about Australians. There was a story I heard in the Army a few years ago when was serving up in Darwin.

    The army was doing a reenactment of diggers in Vietnam, but they found that the Vietnam-era uniforms wouldn’t fit, as the diggers in Vietnam were much skinnier than diggers today.

  5. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Ironically, when it comes to entrepreneurship, the Vietnamese are superior to both the French and the Americans.

    Words fail.

    What a putz.

  6. jo

    tell us again how many potatoes you peeled spud

  7. Dr Fred Lenin

    Years ago an entrepreneur used to be a theif iin a suit ,Bond SkasebConnelmand ArthuDaly of minder fame . Renewable promoters are entrepreneurs ? Are corrupt politicians too ? So many questions !

  8. 1735099

    Tell us again how many potatoes you peeled

    None.
    I wasn’t in catering corps.

  9. Fat Tony

    1735099
    #3152156, posted on September 10, 2019 at 4:57 pm
    Tell us again how many potatoes you peeled

    None.
    I wasn’t in catering corps.

    Couldn’t get the promotion???
    Was it your education or was it from a psych test?

  10. 1735099

    Words fail

    Visited Vietnam lately?

  11. 1735099

    Couldn’t get the promotion?

    I applied for Education Corps but was posted to Infantry.

  12. Tel

    Ironically, when it comes to entrepreneurship, the Vietnamese are superior to both the French and the Americans.

    That’s been my experience with the people of Vietnamese origin that I have met. Their most significant feat of entrepreneurship was leaving Vietnam … but most are also quite industrious after coming to Australia.

  13. Entrepeneurship & military operations don’t even go in the same library, never mind the same paragraph.

  14. MatrixTransform

    Numpty’s skills in marketing, advertising and economics … so awesome.

  15. Beertruk

    That’s been my experience with the people of Vietnamese origin that I have met. Their most significant feat of entrepreneurship was leaving Vietnam…but most are also quite industrious after coming to Australia.

    There is a bakery in Revesby I highly recomend. I put on 5kg just by looking at their display counter before ordering.

  16. Elderly White Man From Skipton

    This is the most bizarre description of business I’ve seen. It is patently obvious that Kates is a public servant with the mindset of a petty bureaucrat.

  17. egg_

    Academic, McNamara, was in charge of Vietnam – what could go wrong?

  18. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Academic, McNamara, was in charge of Vietnam – what could go wrong?

    Curse you, egg – the academic who thought that you could run an army and fight a war, in the same way you could run any other large enterprise.

  19. Fat Tony

    1735099
    #3152269, posted on September 10, 2019 at 6:46 pm
    Words fail

    Visited Vietnam lately?

    I work with a Vietnamese guy who left Vietnam when he was 18 (30 years ago).
    He reckons there is no way he would go back to Vietnam.

    But you seem to think it is some paradise – I know who I believe.

  20. JC

    Socrates at the Pub
    #3152330, posted on September 10, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Entrepeneurship & military operations don’t even go in the same library, never mind the same paragraph.

    Driller, This is why you never, never ever fail to disappoint on the level of dumb you are.

    Nearly all of Amazon’s success has been through logistics. It’s why it’s moving quickly into being self reliant on their own logistics. Logistics , or modern logistics is derived from the modern military. It’s why American firms hire logistics talent from the military. FMD, I’m really beginning to believe you’re whole pubbling shtick is one gigantic amount of bullshit.

  21. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    But you seem to think it is some paradise – I know who I believe.

    Don’t take Numbers Ho too seriously – he fell for the Party line, and it must be very difficult for him to accept that fact.

  22. 1735099

    Don’t take Numbers Ho too seriously

    Don’t take ZK2A too seriously.
    He learnt to read once and believes everything in print because he lacks the life experience to identify bullshit.

  23. notafan

    How many multinational corporations have been started by Vietnamese?

    One thing to run a nail salon or a corner store….

  24. Chris M

    He reckons there is no way he would go back to Vietnam.

    Vietnam is on a roll the past few years and accelerating now business is moving out of China. But whilst peaceful ultimately this is still a communist government which worries me. I want the Vietnamese people to do well but they need to push for freedom not just prosperity.

  25. Dr Fred Lenin

    Was numbers in prison for a long time ? He keeps quoting his numberlike prisoners do.

  26. 1735099

    But whilst peaceful ultimately this is still a communist government which worries me.

    Funniest thing I’ve read all day.
    Vietnam is about as “Communist” as China.
    You won’t find a commune in either country.

  27. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    He learnt to read once and believes everything in print because he lacks the life experience to identify bullshit.

    Does anyone else see the irony in this statement? First good laugh I’ve had today!

  28. SpongebobStevePants

    JC and Steve and the Pub still going at it? Bloody hell.

  29. rickw

    The army was doing a reenactment of diggers in Vietnam, but they found that the Vietnam-era uniforms wouldn’t fit, as the diggers in Vietnam were much skinnier than diggers today.

    Try slipping in to the average holster belt from WWI!

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