EP# 023: The Mongol Business Model

The Mongol Empire was founded by Chinggis Khan (aka Genghis Khan) and became the largest contiguous empire in history stretching from the Sea of Japan to the Mediterranean Sea and the Carpathian Mountains. In the 13th century the Mongols redrew world boundaries, consolidating smaller countries into larger ones. Mongols still controlled India in 1857 and the last ruling descendant, Alim Khaim, emir of Bukhara, was still in power in Uzbekistan in 1920.

So why are we talking about the Mongols on a business podcast about strategy and innovation? Well, the Mongols were some of the most innovative societies ever. Mongol leaders ruled the world with an iron fist but created amazing innovations in military, economic, and social life. As business professionals, we can all learn and be motivated by the amazing changes the Mongols brought to the world and their ability to adapt and change based on different circumstances. Also, their strategies and tactics can be incorporated into business to allow you and your organization to become a leader in your market.

Show notes (with time stamps)

Introduction: 00:00 – 03:29

Genghis Khan: 03:33 – 18:41

Other Khans: 18:44 – 26:34

Kublai Khan: 26:38 – 35:57

Army and Soldiers: 36:00 – 51:23

Strategy & Tactics: 51:27 – 1:04:11

Innovations: 1:04:16 – 1:13:08

Application to Business: 1:13:12 – 1:19:34

Conclusion: 1:19:39 – 1:23:38


Artist: Scott Holmes

Album: Road Trip

Track: Indie Rock


Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford

The Mongol Art of War: Chinggis Khan and the Mongol Military System by Timothy May

Secret History of the Mongols: The Origin of Chingis Khan by Paul Kahn