Do you want to stop the next war? What if you could do it by building more McDonald’s restaurants? What if you built more factories producing Dell computers?

While I was in university, I had a lecturer who challenged me to think about those questions. He had an exotic background, which made him uniquely qualified to talk about both war and business.

He was former Afghan mujahedeen who had fought against the Soviets when they invaded his homeland from 1979 to 1989.

Believe me, sitting in his lecture theatre was never boring. Alongside our usual readings and course work, he would thrill us with his harrowing exploits in the serpentine valleys and jagged mountains of Afghanistan. His stories were so vivid, you could practically taste the sweat, dust and gunsmoke…

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