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The retired four-star general and best-selling 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 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 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.
©2015 Penguin Audio (P)2015 General Stanley McChrystal, Chris Fussell, Tantum Collins, David Silverman
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By Beth on 06-30-15

Brilliant

Brilliant compilation of history, personal and collective experience, application of theory, and all fused together with wisdom. Excellent clarity, wonderful humility, and thought provoking perspective. How often the "system" responses to "error" events are inappropriate over-simplifications of the complexity of the process involved. The higher the complexity, the greater the necessity for nimbleness of the empowered team members who all share the same vision of the goal.

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By Ben on 11-29-15

Very business relevant

Many of the lessons here are extremely relevant to modern business behemoths being assaulted in all profit centres by highly mobile, capital light, target specific competitors.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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By Maeve on 11-01-17

Love this!

A must read for anyone in a team, managing teams, establishing teams... so many eureka moments!

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By Richard on 09-03-17

Once up and running good ideas an examples

Found this a little difficult to get into in the early chapters, but the ideas presented are more than valid and well argued. The supporting examples fit perfectly with the message and, whilst rooted in their military origins, are equally relevant to all complex projects that we find ourselves in.

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By Michael on 08-23-17

outstanding in every way!

extraordinary narrative of how to lead in the 21st century in an age where change is only accelerating at a rate never seen before. Highly recommended for anyone who leads in any situation. It will completely rewire the way that you have been taught to think about leadership

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By Anonymous User on 06-06-17

Brilliant

I will listen to this over and over. This book is a gold mine for any human that has to function within an organisation civilian or military. Thanks to General Stanley McChrystal and the other co authors for sharing your wisdom. I really needed this.

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