Gordon Ramsay, a retired naval officer, management consultant and member of the Society, recently fulfilled a long-held goal and published his manifesto on how one might lead a fulfilling and successful life. His work, Gordon’s Nuggets combines all the experience of his life with lessons from a multitude of other sources and is in words of the publishers below, ‘it is a kind of cook book – for life’. Perhaps a book all young people starting out in their career or small business should read.
Well-read and enjoying challenges he revelled in the psychology of business and turning businesses around that had lost their way became his forte. His book is full of many thoughtful and often amusing anecdotes covering the full spectrum of his “Nuggets” in which he expands upon the concept of leadership learned in the navy with the psychological understanding emphasised in management training schools and finally ties this together with practical anecdotes to demonstrate the effectiveness of these concepts skilfully using examples from the likes of Winston Churchill and Harry Truman to the contemporary Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.
The book is in three parts; “Personal” “Leadership and Management” and unusually Part 3 is entitled “Principles of War”. The reason lies in Gordon’s posting as a warfare instructor at HMAS Watson during his naval career. Gordon became an “ardent proponent of the Principles of War as guidelines for success in life as well as war” and he describes Admiral Lord Nelson’s use of the Principles during his amazing career as an example of their application.