Adapt or Die: Leadership Principles from an American General
Many authors write about leadership, but few have lived it at the level of Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch. The world is in desperate need of authentic, reliable leaders at all levels of society. Twenty-first-century leaders face unprecedented challenges and rapid change, and leaders with a keen ability to adapt are in high demand.
Sharing stories from the front and insights born from overcoming adversity on both the battlefield and in the boardroom, Lynch reveals impactful leadership principles ranging from earning respect and working effectively with diverse teams to adapting to new technology and laying a foundation of trust built upon integrity. With refreshing directness, he shows readers how to make wise calls and gain the confidence they need to lead in our ever-changing world.
Work Hard, Pray Hard: The Power of Faith in Action
In trying times, where can we turn to find true strength and peace of mind? If you think God might be the answer, you’re off to a pretty good start. But know this—believing is only step one. From his harrowing personal journey on the battlefields of Iraq to dealing with the everyday stresses of life at home, retired Army General Rick Lynch shares his thirty-plus years of experience that proved to him the power of faith in action.
Bolstered by history and backed by the Bible, Work Hard, Pray Hard explores seven steps that will put the true power of faith into action, in your life, every day. God is there to give hope to those who need it, peace to those who seek it, and fearlessness to those who desire it. History shows us proof of this all the time—moments when the un-healable are healed and the unwinnable is won. How is that possible? Work Hard, Pray Hard explains by sharing Lynch’s lessons from the course of a lifetime in one, easy to read book—a book that he hopes will change your life for the better, the way faith itself changed him.
Adapt or Die Endorsements
“We had to change. We had to adapt. We had to find new opportunities”. That describes Rick Lynch commanding in Iraq during the ‘Surge”. But it could be any of us leaders anywhere. We all have to adapt. This is a superb book on leadership written by a thoughtful, courageous, and authentic leader himself. As wise, practical, and inspiring as any I have ever seen. Fred M. Franks, General, US Army (Retired)
Adapt or Die is an inspiring story of the lessons learned about faith, life and leadership from one of America’s great soldiers. General Lynch’s enduring principles and practical insights will help people from all walks of life turn work and family obstacles into opportunities for success. Former U.S. Congressman Chet Edwards (Texas 17th District, 1991 – 2010)
General Lynch is a great American hero. He’s led our troops in battle and he’s managed our bases for thousands of military families around the world. He’s got insights into leadership and taking care of people that are great lessons for leaders of any organization. He makes a compelling case for leaders to constantly improve and adapt their organizations. He also shows how it’s really all about people. His mantra of “touching lives and making a difference” should speak to leaders of all types of organizations. A must read for any student of leaders. Craig Boyan, Chief Operating Officer, HEB
General Lynch offers a rare and powerful perspective on leadership. Not only is he a proven leader through his experiences as a US Army General, but he is a natural leader from his innate understanding of and care for people. Jorgen Pedersen, President and CEO, RE2, Inc
This book deserves a place on the shelf of contemporary leadership tomes. A personal tour through an exciting life as a soldier, it will provoke an interesting self-analysis in those who have led or want to lead. Walter F. Ulmer, Jr. Lt. Gen, US Army (Retired). Former President and CEO, Center for Creative Leadership
Rick personifies what leadership is all about. He has a way of communicating how to lead through strength, compassion, and most of all integrity! No matter if you lead a corporation, a small business, a non-profit, or an academic institution, Rick’s principles will guide you to success. Doug Harward, CEO and Founder, TrainingIndustry.com
Hard hitting, straight forward, Rick Lynch captures a lifetime of lessons learned from a very distinguished military career—invaluable for corporate and military leaders alike. Ben Griffin, General, US Army (Retired)
With boldness and candor, Rick Lynch relates his own experiences (some life threatening) from a distinguished US Army career to illustrate essential leadership principles for all of us. General Lynch is an authentic American hero, yet he writes with a common touch. He demonstrates a deep understanding of how to be a leader and to live a full, balanced life. James D. Spaniolo, President, University of Texas at Arlington
I personally have experienced the wonderful impact of Rick and this stories. He will touch all of your emotions. Most importantly, you will leave feeling more prepared and motivated to lead yourself, your team, and your organization. Al Triunfo, Vice President, Sales and Operations, MEDA Pharmaceuticals
Leadership is what we desperately need yet not an innate trait. Fortunately, it can be learned and we have LTG Rick Lynch to teach us. From the heartland of America to the distant ramparts of Iraq, Lynch has learned the importance of leadership to our Republic and how to share his gift with others. This book is more than the fascinating journey of an accomplished American Patriot. It is a guide for for us all on how to lead and how to live. Dr. J.D. Crouch II, former Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor
This book deserves a look as an example of how one aggressive general officer sees his profession, himself, and his responsibilities. It is a candid, straightforward review of the challenge and response of a military leader in today’s complex environment. John C. (Doc) Bahnsen, Brigadier General, US Army (Retired)
Corporate America has created the “Chief People Officer” title in stand of the traditional VP of Human Resource title- however very little has changed in the underlying way that most organizations treat their employees-this title change is simply lipstick on the pig! General Lynch gives pragmatic examples of how investing and trusting your employees can and does lead to significant productivity and morale changes. Adapt or Die is a must read for anyone that has been blessed with people responsibility or for those who aspire to lead effectively. Bob Jansen, President and CEO, Zensights
General Lynch’s book Adapt or Die is a wonderful reflection of the importance of truly caring for people in a very emotional and deeply connected way. I have worked with Rick in helping take care of our Soldiers and their Families during these difficult times, and the leadership principles listed in this book are an invaluable guide on how to accomplish that goal. Those principles apply not only in the military, but also in corporate America, in academia, and even in the entertainment industry. Gary Sinise, Actor and Founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation
Adapt or Die is an invaluable addition to a leadership library and can truly help people who strive to be leaders and do it in the Godly way. General Lynch shows us how he leaned on God throughout his career, especially in difficult circumstances, and how that relationship was a source of strength for him. I wish I could have read this book 40 years ago. Dan Wallrath, President / Founder of Operation Finally Home
Three Cheers for Adapt or Die! General Lynch shows us that leadership is not just a matter of the head, but of the heart; not just an acquired skill, but a gift bestowed. With accuracy, detail and precision, Ricky Lynch hands his reader a magnifying glass allowing us to peer upon the essential qualities of a caring, effective, passionate and successful leader. Reverend Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr., Rector, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
An inspiring book by one of our Nation’s premier strategic and spiritual leaders. Having achieved success as a military professional at every level of the Army’s organizational structure, General Rick Lynch’s valuable and practical leadership principles captured in this volume should be required reading for an organization’s entire management team- no matter the position or level. Quite simply, this might be one of the most positive, candid, and encouraging books I’ve read on leadership in recent years! Truly an invaluable resource for those wanting to take their effectiveness as a great, adaptive leader to the next level. Chaplain (Major General) Doug Carver, U.S. Army (Retired), 22nd Army Chief of Chaplains
Work Hard Pray Hard Endorsements
We need Christian young people who will rise to leadership. Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch’s book doesn’t just tell young people to be bold—it shows them how to do it. Work Hard – Pray Hard is full of real life experiences that show that hard work and fervent prayer are important and are the keys to success. It is also a heart-rending book, showing us the fragility of life and our need for faith. Lt. Gen. Lynch is right on track that with hard work and a strong relationship with God, we can effect change not only in our lives, but also turn our entire Nation around.-Drayton McLane, Jr., Chairman McLane Group
In Work Hard Pray Hard, LTG (R) Lynch speaks from the heart, delivering insightful and inspiring guidance. His pursuit of spiritual fitness is laser-focused, and he is a walking example of using faith to persevere through life’s unthinkable challenges. At TAPS, we are so grateful for his steadfast support of our efforts to help the families of America’s fallen heroes find hope and healing.-Bonnie Carroll, President and Founder of Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors and 2015 Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
Like a breath of fresh air, Rick Lynch opens up his life with great humility and honesty. Taking his readers on his personal journey that included desperately dark days and wonderful silver linings, General Lynch reminds us that we are all leaders – and we are at our best when we allow that leadership to be empowered by the One Who created us, redeemed us, saved us and empowers us to be the soldiers of God we are called to be.
I heartily commend this book for leaders called to lead; and leaders who do not yet know they are! It is a wonderful resource for young and old alike; and reminds us of the great joy there is in working hard and praying hard for the sake of the world for whom our Lord gave His life.-The Reverend Dr. Russell Levenson, Jr., Rector, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
Rick Lynch is an accomplished military leader. He is also a man of great faith. In his first book Adapt or Die, he talked about the role of faith in his own leadership experience. In Work Hard, Pray Hard he opines that we are all leaders and expands on the opportunities we all enjoy should we care to take advantage. An essential read for anyone of faith, or anyone looking for some.-GEN(R) Scott Wallace
General Rick Lynch’s new book highlights one of his sources of strength: His personal relationship with God. Throughout the book Rick gives the reader detailed insights (thru personal stories and historical and biblical examples) as to how best to strengthen that so very important relationship. Exactly what our nation needs during these difficult times. -Gary Sinise, Actor and founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation
Work Hard, Pray Hard is a great soldier’s story of a stirring faith journey. It’s also an illuminating account of how to make faith a living thing with direct application to the trials and opportunities of daily life.-Andrew J. Bacevich, Professor of history and international relations emeritus Boston University
Rick and Sarah have lived much of their lives in and around the crucible of war, experiencing tragedy, heart-break and injustice that would shatter the faith of the strongest. Instead, their faith grew stronger. In Work Hard Pray Hard we witness their faith in action and learn life-transforming lessons that equip us to fight the good fight, grow our personal faith and finish the race.-Pete Geren, Former US Congressman and Secretary of the Army President, Sid W. Richardson Foundation
The sincere and inspiring counsel and wisdom throughout Work Hard, Pray Hard: The Power of Faith in Action provide a timeless foundation of insight into the what it means to be not just a true leader, but a Godly leader. I have already found myself returning to portions of the book as a resource in my own vocation, but also as I visit with others. Perhaps one of the most salient quotes that sums up General Lynch’s masterful book is, “With God’s help, I was quickly able to overcome my limitations and become the leader I needed to be….,”
General Lynch is a proven leader with a stellar record both on and off the battlefield. In Work Hard, Pray Hard, he explores the power of faith in action inspiring readers with a message that stands the test of time. -Craig Boyan, H-E-B President and COO
I humbly come to you, not as a preacher, but a student of faith.” These words launch Rick Lynch’s second offering, “Work Hard, Pray Hard”. He bears his soul and shares his story in a way that invites the reader to look at their own values and actions. Rick’s personal reflections point to faith in Jesus, service to others and an undying call to see prayer as a foundational element of the abundant life. Lieutenant General Lynch is a Warrior and a man who is not afraid to admit his mistakes, limitations and his belief that it is God who brings the victory. Buy the book and enjoy the journey. -The Reverend Michael T. Lembke, Pastor, St.Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Warwick, RI
“The Power of Faith in Action” is not just a tagline for this thoughtful spiritual journey. What has touched me personally are the examples of struggle and light. St. John of the Cross wrote about the “dark night of the soul” and the saving grace of prayer to strengthen, endure and grow. What is remarkable about “Work Hard, Pray Hard” is the intimacy as well as the universality of what is revealed through both the battlefields of combat and life. As a meditation and a song of gratitude, this book shares lessons from dark nights and the power of Divine love. -Dr. Mary Keller, President and CEO, Military Child Education Coalition
A thrilling account of a powerful spiritual journey. As Rick Lynch recounts in humble transparency his spiritual discoveries and growth, I was drawn into each event and moment of insight as if it was my own. Work Hard Pray Hard is a contemplative view of a child of God finding their place and purpose in creation and in the eyes of God. A must read. -Ray Bailey, Brigadier General, US Army (ret), Deputy Chief of Chaplains
With simplicity, grace and candor, Rick Lynch’s Work Hard, Pray Hard is a powerful guide — through faith in God — for living with purpose and meaning. By combining lessons learned from a career in the military and beyond with Biblical truths, the retired 3 Star General offers both compelling encouragement and motivation for us all.-Jim Spaniolo, Former President, University of Texas at Arlington, President and CEO, North Texas Chamber of Commerce
Through the faith journey of a decorated combat soldier, inspired by the spirit of Captain James Marsh, Live Hard Pray Hard is a roadmap for each of us, and our nation, in our journey toward humility, inner peace and faith. -Former U.S. Congressman Chet Edwards, W.R. Poage Distinguished Chair in Public Policy, Baylor University
An engrossing and enlightening memoir, Work Hard Pray Hard is the very personal account of Lt Gen (ret) Rick Lynch’s spiritual journey. Set against the narrative of his remarkable military career, the author introduces himself as a ‘student of faith’ but by the end proves himself a worthy instructor. Highly recommended! -DB Sweeney, Actor
Since first meeting Ricky Lynch, my life has not been the same. Rick has taught me that leading by example means living by example. And his simple message about the secret of life – Work Hard, Pray Hard, and his inspiring stories about how to live and lead in a world where faith based leadership is all too lacking, will absolutely change your life as well. I’m confident in saying that Rick Lynch has made Captain James Marsh very proud! -Doug Harward, President and CEO, Training Industries Inc
In this book, General Lynch opens up his faith journey to us. He shares the struggles of life and how his faith has grown as he found the inner peace that God desires for all His children. He shares the faith of previous military leaders as well as how his faith guided him and gave him strength to face dangerous situations. Our journey of faith is not easy and General Lynch is transparent about his journey as an encouragement for each of us. -Dave Jung, Senior Pastor, Crown of Life Lutheran Church and School
Inner peace – if you are looking for the peace that transcends all understanding, start by reading this book. The path is outlined and all it will take is your time and dedication to action. General Lynch tells his story in such an open, honest and interesting way that you feel like you know him and you realize you can find that inner peace – he helps you see it is attainable! -Sharon Clarke, Chief Commerical Officer, Tris Pharmaceuticals
This testimonial gets 5 Stars for candor, and it reads very well. It is unique in my experience in connecting a Soldier at war and in peace with his God. Tie ins to scripture with specific times and events in Rick Lynch’s life are illuminating. This book is NOT about judging others or their faith. It took courage AND faith to write. -Paul E. Funk. LTG (R), EdD, President and CEO, The National Mounted Warfare Foundation
Rick Lynch’s new book may save your life! Stress can be the kiss of death…Christian faith heals. Each action chapter is grounded in scripture, points you in the right direction, and comes alive with the personal witness of this American centurion. -James Campbell Quick, Distinguished University Professor, The University of Texas at Arlington
Work Hard – Pray Hard is a glimpse into Gen. Lynch’s journey from passive believer, to active believer, to strong proponent of Christianity. Rick’s brutally honest discussion of his personal trial and tribulations is one that every reader can connect with and fill in with their own experiences.
A moving and touching book that should cause all to stop, think and reevaluate their own relationship with God. -Bob Jansen, President and CEO, Zensights
Work Hard, Pray Hard is the account of this man’s life since putting God in control. It’s not just stories of how Gen. Lynch lived as he served our country in military service. It is the way he lives his life. This is the story of the man illustrated in fast moving, high action, thrillers paralleled by stories from the Holy Bible that have inspired and encouraged him. In the hours I have spent with Gen. Lynch the words “God has a plan” or “God is with us” are part of his daily vocabulary, not just words for this book. He hasn’t just written a book; he has lived this book. You will be inspired, encouraged, and challenged to a more purposeful life to be lived not being intimidated by the enemies that attack you, but rather “standing like a Stone Wall” staring them down to victory then giving God all the glory. A must read for all! -Roger Lewis, pastor, LIFEchurch, North Richland Hills, TX
Reading Rick’s books leaves one with a blueprint for living your life, not only purposefully, but with passion and, very importantly, compassion, that comes from abiding Faith. I believe that the driving force of his Faith allows him to choose and accomplish great goals, all the while leading with relentless passion, tempered with genuine kindness from within.-Coleen Beck, President / CEO, Union State Bank
It was a great and wise prophet who opined: Four things supports the world:
The learning of the wise,
The justice of the great,
The prayers of the good,
The valor of the brave. In that I have lived and served with LTG Rick Lynch during the lions share of the past 30 years, I can both attest that he has lived his creed, and that he has carried the “blood stained banner” to lift, so that God may draw. Work Hard, Pray Hard is a brilliant yield by a phenomenal leader, trainer, mentor, and ambassador for Christ. -Barrye L. Price, Ph.D., Major General, US Army (Retired)
Rick has an uncanny storytelling ability that allows the reader to relate to him on a personal level and grasp the essence of what is truly important in life. His experience and wisdom come through in his words. This powerful and insightful collection of questions and lessons will guide the reader to improved professional and personal success!” -Jorgen Pedersen, President and CEO, RE2
The power of putting God first in our lives and then living out our faith walk daily can be challenging. “Work Hard Pray Hard: The Power of Faith in Action”, provides a real world framework that will bring you closer to God and will equip you to be the Leader God has called you to be. The book is both instructional and inspiring! It’s a must read…” -John Arena, Vice President and General Manager, US Psychiatry, Lundbeck
As you work hard to execute your life, there are all these questions, doubts and opinions about any journey you may have with God. Why it matters?, how to start?, why continue?, how I’m doing?….. Rick Lynch shares his journey through the eyes and mind of a Lieutenant General, a father, a husband and a friend. As he shares his direct application of unique thought and reason, you will gain valuable guidance and indeed your journey may become a bit quicker, as mine has. He has been through it all! –Troy Takach, President & CEO, Kairos Autonomi.
Work hard, pray hard is a wonderful account how God wants all of us to do just that. This books inspires us all to follow faith with works. The bible teaches us all “faith without works is dead”. This book shares stories of just how that works! -Dan Wallrath, Founder/President Operation Finally Home