Gold Stripe on a Jackass is a conceptually rich description of one naval officer's career journey. Author Stephen B. Sloane began his career in Annapolis, where the commandment of obedience holds sway, and finished in Berkeley, a place where questioning authority is woven deeply into the cultural fabric. Sloane rejects the conventional role of corporate, government, and military ideals by demonstrating that efficiency can be attained without sacrificing morality. He maintains that the person who dons the "gold stripe" of authority should reject the role of "jackass" and strive for moral efficiency by regarding the expenditure of human life as a cost rather than the utilization of a tangible resource. Inspired by Admiral James Bond Stockdale's experience as a prisoner-of-war in Vietnam, Sloane asserts that a man's ethical posture and philosophical outlook can enable him and others to survive even the direst conditions with honor. Gold Stripe on a Jackass provides readers with a guide to individual responsibility for leadership decision making that emphasizes the requirement to question authority and the need to speak truth to power. This is an original and enlightening contribution to scholarship and education as well as a moral compass for those who occupy positions of authority in the corporate and governmental sectors of society.
Publisher: University Press of America
Number of pages: 220
Weight: 327 g
Dimensions: 231 x 153 x 17 mm
Stephen Sloane puts his many years of military experience under the microscope of a scholar's intellect to pin down the essence of an ideal morality-a morality that transcends ubiquitous societal, political, and organizational constraints. In our time, we suffer the effects of self-serving decision criteria that pollute the ethical foundations of our military, government, and business sectors. Sloane shows us why we need to redefine our concept of leadership to include the consideration of questioning authority by speaking truth to power. -- Lawrence Korb, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense
Dr. Sloane is one of those rare academics with the gift of producing a "read" that is both entertaining and edifying. His point of view on organizational processes is sorely needed at a time when having aimed at "front line empowerment," we've remained in a "because I'm the boss" reality. Dr. Sloane, a military leader tried in fray, brings a refreshing perspective on how managers can actually accomplish what they need to despite restrictions. -- G. Miki Hayden, former editor, Creative Management