A good plan executed now is better
than a perfect plan next week.
— General George S. Patton, Jr.
BEING SLOW TO START is one reason planning fails.
George Patton didn’t have that problem. He gathered what information he could, formed a strategy and a plan, and got his army moving.
By acting fast, Patton didn’t give the enemy time to think or prepare. He made them respond to him. He revised his plans while he was moving forward.
Planning and acting quickly made Patton a hero among his troops… and feared by his enemies.
WILL YOU BE REMEMBERED FOR GETTING GOING... or for waiting for a perfect plan?
* ONE OF AMERICA’S MOST ADMIRED WAR HEROES, GENERAL GEORGE S. PATTON, JR. (1885–1945) was hard-driving and highly effective. Born into a military family, he grew up with stories of his ancestors who served valiantly. He dreamed of becoming a hero.
Patton graduated from West Point and took part in America’s first battle involving motorized vehicles. Patton went on to lead the U.S. military in building an armored force second to none. His tough personality, his ability to inspire his troops, and his insistence on leading from the front — all became well known.
In 1942, Patton led the U.S. invasion of Casablanca where he quickly rehabilitated the demoralized U.S. Second Corps. He later commanded the U.S. Seventh Army during the Allied invasion of Sicily, and was the first Allied commander to reach Messina. Following the invasion of Normandy in 1944, Patton led a highly successful, rapid armored drive across France. He also led the relief of beleaguered American troops at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, and advanced his army into Nazi Germany by the end of the war.
Through two world wars, Patton’s focus on rapid and aggressive action won battles. While Allied leaders held differing opinions, Patton was highly regarded by the German High Command. A popular, award-winning 1970 film helped transform Patton into an American hero.
Patton died in Germany on December 21, 1945, following an automobile accident and was buried among his troops.