A Message to Garcia [NOOK Book]

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Originally intended as a kind of a parable for businessmen, the short story A Message to Garcia has achieved a level of cult popularity among some groups, including military service members. Concise and to the point, this inspiring tale drives home the theme that anyone tasked with a job should carry it out as quickly and efficiently as possible.
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A Message to Garcia

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Overview

Originally intended as a kind of a parable for businessmen, the short story A Message to Garcia has achieved a level of cult popularity among some groups, including military service members. Concise and to the point, this inspiring tale drives home the theme that anyone tasked with a job should carry it out as quickly and efficiently as possible.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940150335820
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Publication date: 8/19/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 390,901
  • File size: 105 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2007

    Officership 101

    As a Marine Major attending the Army's Command and General Staff College, I mentioned this title to my Army colleagues in a phrase that I've heard asked to many a subordinate officer over the years. The rhetorical question is more of a reminder than a query and I've had it posed to me as 2nd Lt in the simple phrase: 'Message to Garcia, Lieutenant?'. I was surprised to find that out of my class of 18 Army, Air Force, and Navy Officers, only a couple of them had heard of Elbert Hubbard's 'A Message to Garcia'. The basic tenets of initiative, self reliance, and commanders intent are set forth in this essay and it is required reading for brand new Marine Lieutenants in the Basic School and OCS (at least when I went through). I still read this from time to time to remind myself of its lessons. I also discuss it with my subordinate Officers on their initial counseling sessions. I would highly recommend this to all junior officers in the military as well as those recent business school graduates embarking upon a career in the corporate world. The lessons of ¿A Message to Garcia¿ apply across all services and occupations.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I enjoy reading this a lot. I understand why it is a classic! In the end it is about getting the job done period, no and ifs or but, get it done.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2003

    A Life-changing Fable...

    When taken literally, I suppose it could be interpreted as a 'thinly-veiled anti-labor screed,' but like any teaching document (e.g., the Bible), one should focus on the broader lessons within the stories. It is a fact of real life that s/he who accepts full accountability for accomplishing some great responsibility is always preferred by a strong leader than someone who needs constant care and feeding to get the task done. A job of the modern leader (in business, combat, the clergy, or whatever) is to accomplish much through delegation to strong team members. The lesson of this book is not that Hubbard hated the working man. It is that leaders need followers that take charge in accomplishing an assigned goal. This age-old lesson in no way conflicts with modern business or combat leadership practices. Far from being a 'dinosaur of old laissez-faire capitalism,' this timeless story teaches that leaders want goals accomplished, and don't want to have to tell followers HOW to accomplish that goal ... but in order to be able to do that, they need highly-skilled, highly autonomous followers. Yup ... every organization has its 'unthinking elements' .. this book doesn't hold them up as virtuous.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2003

    A Life Changing Book for the team player

    Great Little book for building a good foundation in your life. this book is not for the people that only think of themselves. this is a old book that is used to be handed out to workers. one of the top ten most produced books in the world.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    Free Google version full of editorial errors

    I wish I knew a way to fix the text. Parts are difficult to read because of jumbled words. The story itself is interesting to reflect on. I see why its required reading on the Commandant's reading list.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2004

    An Officer who is happy to have his Marines read this story.

    To say that this book promotes mindless followers is to say that you haven't bothered to read it. Taking into context Laissez-faire attitudes of businesses at the turn of the 20th century is fine. However, it is important to remember what time period we now live in. In today's day and age the followers that you lead need to be able to act independently and this book is a great tool to train them. It brings home the point that as a follower you can and are expected to be able to accomplish your task with nothing but the intent of your leader. This is absolutely a great lesson for everyone who reads it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    A cat

    Pads in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2013

    Simple story timeless concept.

    Wow, after reading some of these reviews I was expecting some grandiose credo spelling out the dangers of "blindly following" orders. I think perhaps people that gave this very short story bad reviews are uncomfortable in reading about themselves. This little pamphlet is nothing more than an ah ha moment EH had one night. He says as much in the beginning. In my 53 years of life I have to completely agree with the final analysis og Msg to Garcia.....to truly be free comes with great responsibility....deal with it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    A good book

    A good book, I feel it has a positive message, that anyone in the workforce, can benefit from it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    It made the new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff's Reading

    It made the new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff's Reading List...can't think of a better endorsement.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2010

    Management Theory in 1899...give em a boot in the...

    I'm glad I only paid 83 cents for this drivel. It does, however, give clue as to why labor unions found their purpose.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2003

    Terribly overrated

    This book is essentially a thinly-veiled anti-labor screed penned by an angry indistrialist at the turn of the 20th century. When read uncritically, without taking into account the labor climate of the time, it may seem to be a 'great' book for men and women who want to be 'good' followers. I recommend you read this book, just to try to understand the man who wrote it - a representative dinosaur of old laissez-faire capitalism responsible for acts like the attacks on the bonus marchers (WW1 veterans) in the 1930s. Not recommended as a book to live your life by - blind obediance to simple instructions is detrimental to any organization - particularly the military, which is why it is sad this book is so popular among the unthinking element unfortunately found in any organization.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2001

    Inspired performance

    Who was this man who asked nothing? He is every-man and no-man. Rowan should inspire us all to action. I need my people to 'Carry the message to Garcia!' If I can get my team to think like Rowan, we can change the world!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2001

    The employee every employer is looking for !!!

    You have to read this book and understand the authors point of the story. It's not about history, war, Cuba, or geography. This is about the inner man. This is about a person and their integrity, moral fiber, about being good and trustworthy for no other reason than because it is the right thing to do. Read this book and try the test. Ask anyone to do anything, and see the response you get. And as soon as you get the response, be ready to hand them this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2000

    A great book for anyone

    As a Marine, I was truely inspired by this book. Anyone one in any profession can take the meaning of this book and relate it to themselves and their job, and make an improvement upon themselves. This is one book that is worth the price.

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