Sunday, August 12, 2007


Colonel Gene McVay's book, Top Gun Management; Principles for Success and Supremacy was just released for global distribution. Few people have the diverse background and experience that Gene McVay brings to the table. From a factory worker at General Motors and Western Electric to an Intelligence Analyst at The National Security Agency to a global qualified aircraft commander on the 325,000 pound C-141 Starlifter to a career as a fighter pilot and commander of a three billion dollar multinational provisional wing followed by a test of the political waters as a candidate for governor running against presidential hopeful, Mike Huckabee.

Top Gun Management employs an arsenal of weapons to achieve excellence with integrity. McVay believes that No head of state or chief executive officer is so high that they can afford to stop learning. No arsenal is so complete that a secret weapon can be discarded. No repertoire is so perfect that it cannot use some spit and polish. Within the pages of this book one will find not perfection but persistence and compassion. While many examples exist for customer oriented service, McVay believes that citizens have come to accept poor service from the postal service and service stations. While great men like Sam Walton and Frederick Smith had the courage to build Wal-Mart and Federal Express into industry giants, the new breed of MBA managers may not be able to sustain what others have created. Too often integrity takes a back seat to deceit and profit wins out over excellence. McVay includes twenty principles including surrounding yourself with people smarter than you, and developing courage. McVay quotes great leaders such as Churchill and George Washington Carver to make his points. He believes that leaders should give back to the community and mentor coworkers. You may never soar to the very top, but you can enjoy the journey and unashamedly be able to look yourself in the mirror with contentment when the battle is over.

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