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Author: Stanley McChrystal, Chris Fussell, Tantum Collins, David Silverman Narrator: Narrator Info Added Soon Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9780698189607
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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 US 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 start-ups 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.

Chrystal 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Team of Teams is erudite, elegant, and insightful. An unexpected and surprising wealth of information and wonder, it provides a blueprint for how to cope with increasing complexity in the world. A must read for anyone who cares about the future—and that means all of us.”

    Daniel Levitin, author of The Organized Mind

  • “This is a bold argument that leaders can help teams become greater than the sum of their parts.”

    Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit

  • Team of Teams is a compelling, pragmatic argument for a more information-rich, decentral­ized approach to management from a leader who has successfully weathered storms with higher stakes than most business leaders will ever encounter…for anyone serious about taking their leadership further, faster.”

    John Venhuizen, president and CEO, Ace Hardware Corporation

  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Business & Investing

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About the Author

Stanley McChrystal retired in July 2010 as a four-star general in the US Army. His last assignment was as the commander of the International Security Assistance Force and as the commander of US forces in Afghanistan. He had previously served as the direc­tor of the Joint Staff and as the commander of the Joint Special Operations Command. He is currently a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and the cofounder of the McChrystal Group, a leadership consulting firm. He and his wife of more than thirty years, Annie, live in Virginia.