I Got My MBA in the Israeli Army

(New York Times) Betsy Cummings - A nation's military is not generally considered an entrepreneurial breeding ground. But it is in Israel, and that country's experience in drilling the virtues of agility and creative thinking into its fighting forces may presage a similar movement in the U.S., some analysts say. For a small army protecting a small country bordered by enemies, "there is no option but success," said Izhar Shay, a former IDF paratrooper and the chief executive of V-Secure Technologies, a network security company in Saddle Brook, N.J., that helps companies prevent attacks on their computer systems. "This is a perfect analogy to the business environment." Shay and other veterans say the Israeli military trains its soldiers to think quickly and act nimbly, adjusting to circumstances as they arise rather than waiting for orders.

2005-03-04 00:00:00

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