November 22, 2004

News & Opinion: Lessons Learned from Israeli Intelligence

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 10:59 PM – Filed under: Innovation & Creativity

Innovation is the lynchpin of business success. In the case of Israel, a nation that has been on a war-footing since it was established in 1948, it has also served as the foundation for its own defense and security. Here the military-intelligence complex plays a singularly exceptional role. With infinite challenges and threats and limited resources and manpower, Israels particular set of geopolitical and historical circumstances has shaped a very distinctive kind of innovative thinking and its military has in many respects become its most vivid expression. The Israel Defense Forces and a number of its elite technological intelligence units have become an enormous incubator for entrepreneurialsm, creativity and innovation. Daring missions of military and intelligence have become Israels calling card. Spilling over into the civilian world is the nations world-class high tech industry much of which was forged in Israelis unique military machinery. As the saying goes, business is like war and in Israel, that appears especially so. Spies Inc., Business Innovation from Israels Masters of Espionage examines how Israels never-ending fight for survival has established a nation of innovators. A business book wrapped in a thriller, Spies Inc. has very distinct lessons for the business world. You can find an excerpt of the book here.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.