Very interesting analysis of why the Wehrmacht was so successful in the early years of WWII
I found this analysis quite interesting. The idea of defining the goal and specifying the resources available but leaving it up to those assigned the task to figure out how to accomplish it has many applications. Stephen Covey talks about it explicitly in his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (see this brief outline), and Bill Oncken discusses it entertainingly in his excellent book Managing Management Time (highly recommended for aspiring or actual managers).
For a taste of Oncken’s ideas, look at the classic “Management Time: Who’s Got the Monkey?“, originally published in the Harvard Business Review in December 1974 and then published again as a classic in the November-December 1999 issue. The editors comment, “This article was originally published in the November–December 1974 issue of HBR and has been one of the publication’s two best-selling reprints ever. For its reissue as a Classic, the Harvard Business Review asked Stephen R. Covey to provide a commentary.”