Reading about the Battle of Britain, I came across this list, the Ten Rules of Air Fighting, written by legendary RAF hard nut and Spitfire ace Adolph “Sailor” Malan. They were pinned up all over RAF Fighter Command.
- Wait until you see the whites of his eyes. Fire short bursts of 1 to 2 seconds and only when your sights are definitely ‘ON’.
- Whilst shooting think of nothing else, brace the whole of the body, have both hands on the stick, concentrate on your ring sight.
- Always keep a sharp lookout. “Keep your finger out!”
- Height gives You the initiative.
- Always turn and face the attack.
- Make your decisions promptly. It is better to act quickly even though your tactics are not the best.
- Never fly straight and level for more than 30 seconds in the combat area.
- When diving to attack always leave a proportion of your formation above to act as top guard.
- INITIATIVE, AGGRESSION, AIR DISCIPLINE, and TEAM WORK are the words that MEAN something in Air Fighting.
- Go in quickly – Punch hard – Get out!
Priceless evidence that obsessing over the details of a negotiation isn’t always the best idea. As I dimly recall, sometimes one should just step up to the balcony, have a good look at one’s BATNA and ZOPA and if possible build a golden bridge to the other side. Don’t just try to carve up the existing pie (or in this case the stir fried chicken with spicy capsicum), Professor Ben Edelman. Find a way to expand it! Don’t make it a zero-sum game. Make it win-win! For you and the Sichuan Garden of Woburn, MA.
Congratulations to Hilary Sargent and Boston.com for their excellent scoop.
Yesterday, I found myself back on the HBS campus for the first time since I graduated to talk to a group of MBA students about writing and publishing. The campus is festooned – Ok, a few lampposts are festooned – with these banners displaying quotes from alumni and faculty intended to stoke interest in yet another fund-raising campaign. Perhaps I’m getting slow, but it took a couple of reads before I could grasp what they were trying to say. If “You’re only as good as the leaders you have underneath you,” then who are you??? That aside it was great to go back and meet some of the classes of 2015 & 2016. Thank you for the invitation, Gong Ke Gouldstone, and all who showed up.
…12/2/14. To quote one email in response: “Humankind is an evil and amoral animal and has always been so…Humankind doesn’t have any more wisdom, foresight and free will than an ebola virus.” Hmmm.