Team of Teams

New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World

Author: Stanley A. McChrystal,Tantum Collins,David Silverman,Chris Fussell

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1591847486

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 290

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As commander of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), General Stanley McChrystal discarded a century of management wisdom and pivoted from a pursuit of mechanical efficiency to organic adaptability. In this book, he shows how any organization can make the same transition to act like a team of teams - where small groups combine the freedom to experiment with a relentless drive to share their experience. Drawing on a wealth of evidence from his military career and sources as diverse as hospital emergency rooms and NASA's space program, McChrystal frames the existential challenge facing today's organizations, and presents a compelling, effective solution.

Team of Teams

New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World

Author: General Stanley McChrystal,Tantum Collins,David Silverman,Chris Fussell

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698178513

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

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What if you could combine the agility, adaptability, and cohesion of a small team with the power and resources of a giant organization? THE OLD RULES NO LONGER APPLY . . . When General Stanley McChrystal took command of the Joint Special Operations Task Force in 2004, he quickly realized that conventional military tactics were failing. Al Qaeda in Iraq was a decentralized network that could move quickly, strike ruthlessly, then seemingly vanish into the local population. The allied forces had a huge advantage in numbers, equipment, and training—but none of that seemed to matter. TEACHING A LEVIATHAN TO IMPROVISE It’s no secret that in any field, small teams have many ad­vantages—they can respond quickly, communicate freely, and make decisions without layers of bureaucracy. But organizations taking on really big challenges can’t fit in a garage. They need management practices that can scale to thousands of people. General McChrystal led a hierarchical, highly disci­plined machine of thousands of men and women. But to defeat Al Qaeda in Iraq, his Task Force would have to acquire the enemy’s speed and flexibility. Was there a way to combine the power of the world’s mightiest military with the agility of the world’s most fearsome terrorist network? If so, could the same principles apply in civilian organizations? A NEW APPROACH FOR A NEW WORLD McChrystal and his colleagues discarded a century of conventional wisdom and remade the Task Force, in the midst of a grueling war, into something new: a network that combined extremely transparent communication with decentralized decision-making authority. The walls between silos were torn down. Leaders looked at the best practices of the smallest units and found ways to ex­tend them to thousands of people on three continents, using technology to establish a oneness that would have been impossible even a decade earlier. The Task Force became a “team of teams”—faster, flatter, more flex­ible—and beat back Al Qaeda. BEYOND THE BATTLEFIELD In this powerful book, McChrystal and his colleagues show how the challenges they faced in Iraq can be rel­evant to countless businesses, nonprofits, and other or­ganizations. The world is changing faster than ever, and the smartest response for those in charge is to give small groups the freedom to experiment while driving every­one to share what they learn across the entire organiza­tion. As the authors argue through compelling examples, the team of teams strategy has worked everywhere from hospital emergency rooms to NASA. It has the potential to transform organizations large and small. From the Hardcover edition.

Team of Teams

New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World

Author: Stanley A. McChrystal,David Silverman,Tantum Collins,Chris Fussell

Publisher: Portfolio (Hardcover)

ISBN: 9780241250839

Category: Leadership

Page: 304

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What if you could combine the agility, adaptability, and cohesion of a small team with the power and resources of a giant organization? When General Stanley McChrystal took command of the Joint Special Operations Task Force in Iraq in 2003, he quickly realized that conventional military tactics were failing. The allied forces had a huge advantage in numbers, equipment and training - but none of the enemy's speed and flexibility. McChrystal and his colleagues discarded a century of conventional wisdom to create a 'team of teams' that combined extremely transparent communication with decentralized decision-making authority. Faster, flatter and more flexible, the task force beat back al-Qaeda. In this powerful book, McChrystal and his colleagues show how the challenges they faced in Iraq can be relevant to any leader. Through compelling examples, the authors demonstrate that the 'team of teams' strategy has worked everywhere from hospital emergency rooms to NASA and has the potential to transform organizations large and small. 'An indispensable guide to organizational change.' Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs 'A bold argument that leaders can help teams become greater than the sum of their parts.' Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit

One Mission

How Leaders Build A Team Of Teams

Author: Chris Fussell,Charles Goodyear

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1760554979

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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Leaders from every industry are facing unprecedented challenges in the 21st century to make their teams work more effectively without expiring under the pressure of performance. In One Mission, Chris Fussell, co-author of the bestselling Team of Teams, walks leaders through the steps of transitioning from traditional hierarchy to the world-famous Team of Teams model. Drawing on years of experience as a Navy SEAL, as General McChrystal's right-hand man in Iraq and as a partner in the McChrystal Group, Fussell unerringly leads readers through the steps of designing their own version of the Team of Teams model. The steps of transition include: - Achieving strategic alignment: every organization thinks it has sufficiently communicated its priorities down the chain of command, but rarely is this alignment sufficient. - Determining operating rhythm: annual or six-monthly town hall alignment gathers are no longer regular enough to communicate messages urgently and risk putting entire companies out of date. - Setting up communication and decision-making processes: not every person in an organization is qualified for the decision-making freedom ideal in a flexible team. Fussell shows how a hybrid structure can empower and inspire every person on the team while still restricting the decision-making process appropriately. - Shifting leadership behaviour: radical humility, beginning with the leader and continuing down the chain of command, is the key to a successful transition. Including examples of transition in companies ranging from Intuit to the U.S. Army to small businesses, One Mission is a practical handbook for anyone looking to evolve their workforce into a highly mobile and effective unit that can unlock the potential of the individual talents that make up their teams in a way many would have thought impossible.

My Share of the Task

A Memoir

Author: General Stanley A. McChrystal,Stanley A. McChrystal

Publisher: Portfolio

ISBN: 159184682X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 461

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A candid memoir by the four-star general discusses his early service years, contributions as a commander in Afghanistan, and relationships with heads of state and unpredictable enemies.

Leaders

Myth and Reality

Author: Stanley McChrystal,Jeff Eggers,Jay Mangone

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0525534385

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 480

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The bestselling author of Team of Teams dismantles the Great Man theory of leadership, by profiling leaders whose real stories defy their legends. Retired four-star general Stan McChrystal has studied leadership his whole adult life, from his first day at West Point to his most recent work with the corporate clients of the McChrystal Group. In this follow-up to his bestsellers My Share of the Task and Team of Teams, McChrystal explores what leadership really means, debunking the many myths that have surrounded the concept. He focuses on thirteen great leaders, showing that the lessons we commonly draw from their lives are seldom the correct ones. Chief among the leaders profiled is Robert E. Lee, one of McChrystal's heroes and is an icon to this day at West Point. On paper, Lee was the ideal leader. He excelled in every way possible for an Army officer in the decades before the Civil War. Yet Lee ultimately made the wrong choice about which side to serve--and then failed to lead his side to victory. Exploring Lee's life and leadership style, McChrystal explains how his idol's downfall forced him to rethink his own core assumptions. He also profiles pairs of unlikely leaders from diverse eras and fields, showing that leaders often use dramatically different tactics to achieve similar results. These include: Founders: Walt Disney built his empire thinking he was a man of the people, but was actually a bit of a tyrant to the working man. Coco Chanel hid her plebian background to pretend she was an aristocrat, but was obsessed with making clothes for the common people. Zealots: Maximilien Robespierre whipped his revolutionaries into a frenzy through his writing, while Abu Musab Zarkawi moved on the front lines of the battlefield, winning over his followers through his personal charisma. Powerbrokers: Margaret Thatcher and Boss Tweed, whose respective reigns depended on the networks they cultivated. Other leaders profiled include geniuses Albert Einstein and Leonard Bernstein, reformers Martin Luther and Martin Luther King, Jr., and heroes Harriet Tubman and Zheng He. Ultimately, McChrystal posits that different environments will require different leaders, and that followers will choose the leader they need. Aspiring leaders will be best served not by cultivating a standard set of textbook leadership qualities, but by learning to discern what is required in each situation.

Summary of Team of Teams

New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by General Stanley Mcchrystal - Summary & Analysis

Author: A Book a Day

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781539123606

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Warning This is an independent addition to Team of Teams, meant to enhance your experience of the original book. If you have not yet bought the original copy, make sure to purchase it before buying this unofficial summary from aBookaDay. OVERVIEW Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by General Stanley McChrystal is a New Your Times bestselling book exploring a new organizational model designed to be adaptable in the emerging and unpredictable world created by communication technologies. The author uses his considerable experience as a commander of the Joint Special Operations Task Force in Iraq, as well as drawing on several well researched examples from the corporate world, to make an argument that vertical and compartmentalized organizations are no longer well situated to thrive in the contemporary environment. Instead, he offers a detailed look at how he and others successfully transformed the Task Force based on the principles of shared consciousness and empowered execution. This review offers a detailed summary of the main themes and arguments in the book, followed by an analysis. Retired General McChrystal is largely credited with the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in 2006, who was at that time the leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq. At that time he was serving as the commander of the Joint Special Operations Task Force in Iraq. He has also served as Commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan. He has gone on to found the consulting firm the McChrystal Group along with others from military, academic and civilian sectors. The firm advises organizations on the kinds of practices argued for in this book. Available on PC, Mac, smart phone, tablet or Kindle device. (c) 2015 All Rights Reserved

A Team of Leaders

Empowering Every Member to Take Ownership, Demonstrate Initiative, and Deliver Results

Author: Paul GUSTAVSON,Stewart Liff

Publisher: AMACOM

ISBN: 0814434088

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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Workplace teams are supposed to harness employees' talents to tackle challenges. But the reality often falls short ... Now imagine having a team where everyone steps up and performs all of the leadership tasks. Imagine a team that is constantly sharing knowledge and pushing the envelope--one that does long term planning and produces outstanding performance. A Team of Leaders shows readers how to design systems that nurture the leadership potential of every employee--the key to creating high-performance teams. The book's proven principles and techniques include:? The Five-Stage Team Development.

Bleeding Talent

How the US Military Mismanages Great Leaders and Why It's Time for a Revolution

Author: Tim Kane

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 1137280735

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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A revolutionary look at how the armed forces need to update management policies

The Leadership Book

Author: Mark Anderson

Publisher: Pearson UK

ISBN: 0273776738

Category: Education

Page: 312

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The Leadership Book has a very clear structure which has been specially designed to make the 50 sections quick and easy to use. Each challenge is approached in the same way: Understanding the issue, key leadership actions to take, the measures of success and the pitfalls to watch out for. The areas covered include: Leading your strategy, defining and managing your team, managing change and innovation, understanding the market, resolving conflict and communicating your vision. The Leadership Book offers fast effective solutions to pressing business challenges

Team of Teams by General Stanley McChrystal | Key Takeaways & Analysis

New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World

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Team of Teams by General Stanley McChrystal | Key Takeaways & Analysis Preview: Team of Teams by General Stanley McChrystal is an examination of the process he began of restructuring the Joint Special Operations Command management style, from a rigid command structure to a cooperative team comprised of smaller specialized teams. While fighting Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), General McChrystal noted how the United States and coalition militaries were efficient war-fighting machines, but they were not adaptable or effective against the seemingly disordered AQI. In 2005, after a particularly destructive terrorist attack at the opening of a sewage plant near Baghdad, McChrystal began considering whether the efficient structure was actually hindering the counterinsurgency, preventing them from responding to threats in real time and delaying the capture of AQI leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Modern military management originated at the 1900 World's Fair, when Frederick Winslow Taylor revealed his work in steel production efficiency. Taylor believed that there is a right way to do any given thing… PLEASE NOTE: This is key takeaways and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread Key Takeaways & Analysis of Team of Teams • Overview of book • Introduction to the Important People in the book • Key Takeaways and Analysis of Key Takeaways

Manhunt

The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden--from 9/11 to Abbottabad

Author: Peter L. Bergen

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

ISBN: 0385676786

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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From the author of the New York Times bestselling Holy War, Inc., this is the definitive account of the decade-long manhunt for the world's most wanted man, Osama bin Laden. Al Qaeda expert and CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen paints a multidimensional picture of the hunt for Osama bin Laden over the past decade, including the operation that killed him. Other key elements of the book will include: - A careful account of Obama's decision-making process as the raid was planned - The fascinating story of a group of women CIA analysts who never gave up assembling the tiniest clues about bin Laden's whereabouts - The untold and action-packed history of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and the SEALs - An analysis of what the death of bin Laden means for Al Qaeda and for Obama's legacy Just as Hugh Trevor-Roper's The Last Days of Hitler was the definitive account of the death of the Nazi dictator, Manhunt is the authoritative, immersive account of the death of the man who organized the largest mass murder in American history.

Turn the Ship Around!

A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders

Author: L. David Marquet

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101623691

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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“One of the 12 best business books of all time…. Timeless principles of empowering leadership.” – USA Today Since Turn the Ship Around! was published in 2012, hundreds of thousands of readers have been inspired by former Navy captain David Marquet’s true story. Many have applied his insights to their own organizations, creating workplaces where everyone takes responsibility for his or her actions, where followers grow to become leaders, and where happier teams drive dramatically better results. Marquet was a Naval Academy graduate and an experienced officer when selected for submarine command. He faced a new wrinkle when he was assigned at the last minute to the Santa Fe, a nuclear powered submarine that he hadn't been trained for. Facing the high-stress environment of a sub where there’s little margin for error, he was determined to reverse the trends he found: poor morale, poor performance, and the worst retention rate in the fleet. Almost immediately, Marquet ran into trouble when he unknowingly gave an impossible order, and his crew tried to follow it anyway. When he asked why, the answer was “Because you told me to.” Marquet realized that while he had trained for a different submarine, his crew had been trained to do what they were told -- a deadly combination. So Marquet flipped the leadership model and began to push for leadership at every level. Turn the Ship Around! reveals how the Santa Fe skyrocketed from worst to first in the fleet by challenging the Navy’s traditional leader-follower approach. Struggling against his own instincts to take control, he instead achieved the vastly more powerful model of giving control to his subordinates. Before long, each member of Marquet’s crew became a leader and assumed responsibility for everything he did, from clerical tasks to crucial combat decisions. The crew became fully engaged, contributing their full intellectual capacity every day. The Santa Fe set records for performance, morale, and retention. And over the next decade, the officers of the Santa Fe were selected to become submarine commanders in highly disproportionate numbers. Whether you need a major change of course or just a tweak of the rudder, you can apply Marquet’s methods to turn your own ship around.

The Power Paradox

How We Gain and Lose Influence

Author: Dacher Keltner

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698195590

Category: Psychology

Page: 208

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A revolutionary and timely reconsideration of everything we know about power. Celebrated UC Berkeley psychologist Dr. Dacher Keltner argues that compassion and selflessness enable us to have the most influence over others and the result is power as a force for good in the world. Power is ubiquitous—but totally misunderstood. Turning conventional wisdom on its head, Dr. Dacher Keltner presents the very idea of power in a whole new light, demonstrating not just how it is a force for good in the world, but how—via compassion and selflessness—it is attainable for each and every one of us. It is taken for granted that power corrupts. This is reinforced culturally by everything from Machiavelli to contemporary politics. But how do we get power? And how does it change our behavior? So often, in spite of our best intentions, we lose our hard-won power. Enduring power comes from empathy and giving. Above all, power is given to us by other people. This is what we all too often forget, and it is the crux of the power paradox: by misunderstanding the behaviors that helped us to gain power in the first place we set ourselves up to fall from power. We abuse and lose our power, at work, in our family life, with our friends, because we've never understood it correctly—until now. Power isn't the capacity to act in cruel and uncaring ways; it is the ability to do good for others, expressed in daily life, and in and of itself a good thing. Dr. Keltner lays out exactly—in twenty original "Power Principles"—how to retain power; why power can be a demonstrably good thing; when we are likely to abuse power; and the terrible consequences of letting those around us languish in powerlessness.

The Business of Excellence

Building high-performance teams and organizations

Author: Justin Hughes

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472930231

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 248

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The Business of Excellence offers a unique and compelling perspective on the drivers of excellence in teams and organizations. The author, Justin Hughes, brings an unusual mix of experience and insight, having worked as a management consultant to some of the world's most successful organizations, in addition to having served for 12 years as a military fighter pilot, where he became Executive Officer on the RAF Red Arrows. The challenges of high performance and leadership are explored in depth, and are illustrated with insights, interviews and case studies from the military, sporting and corporate worlds. The material includes a proprietary performance model that can be applied to a wide spectrum of organizations, focusing on: · People: the primacy of attitude over skills · Capability: building alignment before setting people free · Delivery: a process to close the gap between desired and actual outcomes · Learning: how to accelerate performance in real time · Leadership: exhibiting a set of behaviours such that others choose to follow · Risk: avoiding the victory of compliance over outcomes. In The Business of Excellence, Justin deconstructs the drivers of high performance with a rare clarity, insight and accessibility, to illustrate and explain tangible tools and methods, all of which can be applied by readers in their own teams and organizations.

Simple Rules

How to Thrive in a Complex World

Author: Donald Sull,Kathleen M. Eisenhardt

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544409906

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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Outlines an approach to high-performance problem-solving and decision-making that draws on insights from survival guides, pop culture and other sources. Co-written by the award-winning author of The Upside of Turbulence. 75,000 first printing.

The Championship Formula

How to Transform Your Team Into a Dynasty

Author: Jack Stark

Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group

ISBN: 9781937110017

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 245

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Having consulted and mentored leaders of top Fortune 500 companies and numerous sports teams that have gone on to win multiple national championships, author Jack Stark well understands what it takes to build a dynasty--a team that produces consistently extraordinary results and is the dominant entity in its field. In The Championship Formula, Stark--a clinical psychologist--condenses what he's learned over his long career into the 4P formula: people + personality + process + purpose = success. Getting these elements in place is the biggest challenge leaders face, and Stark guides you through the processes of both building and maintaining a winning team. Showing his winning formula at work, Stark will draw you into the inner circles of the championship NASCAR team, for whom he became team psychologist in 2002, and the Nebraska Huskers' three-championship dynasty of the 1990s. He also gets up close and personal with the consistently successful leadership at Berkshire Hathaway. Written in straightforward, no-nonsense language, The Championship Formula can help any organization consistently achieve extraordinary results.

The Starfish and the Spider

The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations

Author: Ori Brafman,Rod A. Beckstrom

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781591841432

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 230

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Includes information on Alcoholics Anonymous, al Qaeda, Amazon, Animal Liberation Front, Apaches, eBay, General Motors, Goodwill Industries, Google, Grokster, Kazaa, music piracy, Napster, P2P (peer to peer) services, Quakers, record industry, U.S. Suprem

West Point Way of Leadership

Author: Larry Donnithorne

Publisher: Crown Business

ISBN: 9780307568465

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 192

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West Point has bred more CEOs than any business school, and the leadership skills taught there are truly matters of life and death. Bolder than Sun Tzu, savvier than Gracian -- THE book on learning to lead. From the Hardcover edition.

Good Profit

How Creating Value for Others Built One of the World's Most Successful Companies

Author: Charles G. Koch

Publisher: Currency

ISBN: 1101904143

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 2002

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THE UNIQUE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FROM A LEGENDARY CEO In 1967, Charles Koch took the reins of his father’s company and began the process of growing it from a $21 million start-up into a global corporation with revenues of about $115 billion, according to Forbes. So how did this MIT engineer manage grow Koch Industries into one of the largest private companies in the world today with growth exceeding that of the S&P 500 by almost 30-fold over the last five decades? Through his unique five-dimensional management process and system called Market-Based Management. Based on five decades of cross-disciplinary studies, experimental discovery, and practical implementation across Koch companies and their 100,000 employees worldwide, the core objective of Market-Based Management’s framework is as simple as it is effective: to generate good profit. What is good profit? Good profit results when a company creates value for customers in a way that helps them improve their lives. Good profit is the result of innovations that customers freely vote for with their own dollars; it’s the result of business decisions that create long term value for everyone--customers, employees, shareholders, and society. While you won't find the Koch Industries name on your home’s stain-resistant carpet, your baby’s more comfortable but absorbent diapers your stretch denim jeans, or your television with a better clarity screen, MBM™ drove these innovations and many more. Here, drawing on revealing, honest stories from his five decades in business – the company’s many successes as well as its stumbles – Koch walks the reader step-by-step through the five dimensions of Market-Based Management to show stockholders, entrepreneurs, leaders, students -- and innovators, supervisors and employees of all kinds, in any field --how to apply the principles to generate Good Profit in their organizations, companies, and lives. From the Hardcover edition.