The retired four-star general and and bestselling author of My Share of the Task shares a powerful new leadership model
Former General Stanley McChrystal held a key position for much of the War on Terror, as head of the Joint Special Operations Command. In Iraq, he found that despite the vastly superior resources, manpower, and training of the U.S. military, Al Qaeda had an advantage because of its structure as a loose network of small, independent cells. Those cells wreaked havoc by always staying one step ahead, sharing knowledge with each other via high-tech communications.
To defeat such an agile enemy, JSOC had to change its focus from efficiency to adaptability. McChrystal led the transformation of his forces into a network that combined robust centralized communication (“shared consciousness”) with decentralized managerial authority (“empowered execution”).
Now he shows not only how the military made that transition, but also how similar shifts are possible in all kinds of organizations, from large companies to startups to charities to government agencies. In a world of rapid change, the best organizations think and act like a team of teams, embracing small groups that combine the freedom to experiment with a relentless drive to share what they’ve learned.
McChrystal and his colleagues explain their process for helping organizations embrace this model. They also share fascinating research and examples from settings as diverse as emergency rooms and NASA’s mission control center.
Read by Paul Michael. Introduction and recaps read by General Stanley McChrystal.
I liked this book. The content was interesting, stories worth repeating, and the concepts are definitely cutting edge. There are some great ideas inside, some which my company has realized organically, and many that seem out of reach. As a whole, in respect to running a complex business, the book was a cheerleader, not a coach. Great ideas... "That's ten, let's do it again", not so much how to do it. That was ok for me, just hearing some of his examples in a life a death situation were not only entertaining, but motivational.
The narrator was great, perfect pace, and emotion. The general would come around, himself to wrap up chapters. I considered that a treat. I actually wish I owned a hard copy for reference.
I recommend as a good read....listen.
More than leadership
This book was so good. Listening to it again. It talked about so much more than just leadership and team building. Loved it.
Team of Teams
Excellent book on rethinking they norms of leadership as well as challenging today’s current leader to empower those around him/her. Great real life and relevant examples included.