Phil Knight, the founder of Nike and author of Shoe Dog, spoke of how he was constantly reading books about combat, war strategy, and generalship to help keep him focused during the early and turbulent days of Nike.
It also inspired many of his quests to Asia, where he stood amid the ruins of Hiroshima, where he stayed in the villa once occupied by General Douglas MacArthur in the Philippines, and how his solo request to the Republic of Vietnam was to meet Vo Nguyen Giáp, their most prominent warrior of the Vietnam War.
Those quests to Asia opened the door for Nike’s production efforts in Japan and China and subsequent domination of the shoe game. And they were partly fueled by Knight’s penchant for military literature. Business is War, Knight would quip. [Read more…]