Team of Teams

New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World

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

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241250846

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? 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. 'A bold argument that leaders can help teams become greater than the sum of their parts' Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit 'An indispensable guide to organizational change' Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs

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,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.

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.

Remarkable Leadership

Unleashing Your Leadership Potential One Skill at a Time

Author: Kevin Eikenberry

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118047552

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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Remarkable Leadership is a practical handbook written for anyone who wants to hone the skills they need to become an outstanding leader. In this groundbreaking book, Kevin Eikenberry outlines a framework and a mechanism for both learning new things and applying current knowledge in a thoughtful and practical way. Eikenberry provides a guide through the most important leadership competencies, offers a proven method for learning leadership skills, and shows approaches for applying these skills in today’s multitasking and overloaded world of work. The book explores real-world concerns such as focus, limited time, incremental improvement, and how we learn.

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.

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

New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World

Author: Instaread

Publisher: Instaread Summaries

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

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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

It's Not Complicated

The Art and Science of Complexity in Business

Author: Rick Nason

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442644877

Category: Industrial management

Page: 248

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It's Not Complicated offers a paradigm shift for business professionals looking for simplified solutions to complex problems. Rick Nason introduces the principles of "complexity thinking" which empower managers to understand, correlate, and explain a diverse range of business phenomena.

Good Profit

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

Author: Charles G. Koch

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 034941159X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In 1961, Charles Koch joined his father's Wichita-based company, then valued at $21 million. Six years later, following his father's death, he was named chairman of the board and CEO of Koch Industries, Inc. Today, Koch Industries' estimated worth is $100 billion - making it one of the largest private companies in the world. Koch exceeds the S&P 500's five-decade growth by 27-fold, and plans to double its value on average every six years. What exactly does this company do and why is it so remarkably profitable? While you won't find the Koch name on your stain-resistant carpet, stretch denim jeans, the connectors in your smartphone or your baby's ultra-absorbent diapers, Charles Koch's Market-Based Management® system, intended to generate good profit, drove these innovations and many more. Good profit results from products and services that customers vote for freely with their money; products that help improve people's lives. It results from a culture where employees are empowered to act entrepreneurially to discover customer preferences and the best ways to satisfy them. Good profit is the earnings that follow when long-term value is created for everyone - customers, employees, shareholders and society. Readers will learn to: · Craft a vision for how a business can thrive in spite of disruption and ever-changing consumer values · Find and retain a workforce possessing both virtue and talent (the first being the more important) · Award employees with ownership and decision rights based on their comparative advantages and proven contributions, rather than job title · Motivate all employees to maximise their contributions with effectively structured incentives so employees' compensation is limited only by the value they create - not budgets or company-wide policy A must-read for any leader, entrepreneur or student, as well as those who want a more civil, fair and prosperous society, GOOD PROFIT is destined to rank as one of the greatest management books of all time.

Committed Teams

Three Steps to Inspiring Passion and Performance

Author: Mario Moussa,Madeline Boyer,Derek Newberry

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119157404

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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Build high-performing teams with an evidence-based framework that delivers results Committed is a practical handbook for building great teams. Based on research from Wharton’s Executive Development Program (EDP), this concise guide identifies the common challenges that arise when people work together as a group and provides key guidance on breaking through the barriers to peak performance. Committed draws its insights from the EDP’s living lab: an intensive two-week simulation during which executive-level participants run complex global businesses. The authors have observed over 100 teams collaborating and competing for over 100 combined years in this intense environment. It has yielded fundamental insights about teamwork: what usually goes wrong, what frequently goes right, and the methods and techniques that will help you access your team’s full potential. These insights have been distilled into a simple, repeatable process that you can start applying today. Getting teams engaged and aligned is hard. Committed will give you the tools you need to deal with all of the familiar teamwork challenges that get in the way: organizational politics, delegation, coordination, and aligning skills and motivation. Using vivid stories and examples from the worlds of business, sports, and non-profits, it will teach you how to: Understand the dynamics of successful teams Achieve peak performance using a research-backed methodology Gain expert insight into why most teams underperform Learn the critical points common to all great teams Committed gives you the perspective you need to combine the right people with the right way of collaborating to 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

Turn The Ship Around!

A True Story of Building Leaders by Breaking the Rules

Author: L. David Marquet

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241250951

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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'David Marquet is the kind of leader who comes around only once in a generation ... his ideas and lessons are invaluable' Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why Captain David Marquet was used to giving orders. In the high-stress environment of the USS Santa Fe, a nuclear-powered submarine, it was crucial his men did their job well. But the ship was dogged by poor morale, poor performance and the worst retention in the fleet. One day, Marquet unknowingly gave an impossible order, and his crew tried to follow it anyway. He realized he was leading in a culture of followers, and they were all in danger unless they fundamentally changed the way they did things. Marquet took matters into his own hands and pushed for leadership at every level. Before long, his crew became fully engaged and the Santa Fe skyrocketed from worst t first in the fleet. No matter your business or position, you can apply Marquet's approach to create a workplace where everyone takes responsibility for their actions, people are healthier and happier - and everyone is a leader.

Host

Author: Mark McKergow,Helen Bailey

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780954974985

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 252

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The time has come for a new, yet ancient look at leadership. Great engagement is the key to truly successful leadership, and the secret to moving forward is knowing when to step back... It is no longer about being the hero, the one that has to make everything happen. There is another way: be the host. This book reveals why Host Leadership is set to become one of the most pioneering concepts in 21st century management. - Learn how to step into and out of the six NEW roles of engagement - Adopt the four positions for a Host Leader - Understand how to apply hosting strategies in your organization to achieve greater agility, flexibility and responsiveness - Become a leader with a highly tuned sense of relationship building and engagement. The traditional 'stand and deliver' approach to leadership falls down when it comes to engagement. Understanding how to really engage with people is the ultimate backbone of success. Intrinsically, we all know how to be hosts; now is the time to sharpen these skills and bring them to the table.

Conscious Business

How to Build Value Through Values

Author: Fred Kofman

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1427098182

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 606

View: 2006

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Presents techniques for organizational success that involve embracing such qualities as integrity, authenticity, accountability, and honesty.

ReOrganization

Author: Bengt Karlöf,Fredrik Helin Lövingsson

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3540332731

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 148

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Here is a practical guide for anyone faced with organising a business. Because every organisation situation is unique, the reader should be familiar with a number of conceptual models and tools which can be of help when creating a theory for a particular situation. As consultants and businessmen, as well as through the elaboration of certain methods, the authors have developed a sense of what is important in the work of shaping or redesigning an organisation. This book will help anyone on the point of realizing a development in their organisation and wishing to know how this can effectively and successfully be accomplished.

A Passion for Leadership

Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service

Author: Robert Michael Gates

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 030795949X

Category: Administrative agencies

Page: 239

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Across the realms of civic and private enterprise alike, bureaucracies vitally impact our security, freedoms, and everyday life. With so much at stake, competence, efficiency, and fiscal prudence are essential, yet Americans know these institutions fall short. Many despair that they are too big and too hard to reform. Robert Gates disagrees. Having led change successfully at three monumental organizations -- the CIA, Texas A&M University, and the Department of Defense -- he offers an insider's look at how major bureaus, organizations, and companies can be transformed. Gates includes advice on tailoring reform to the operative culture (we see how Gates worked within the system to increase diversity at Texas A&M); effecting change within committees; engaging the power of compromise ("In the real world of bureaucratic institutions, you almost never get all you want when you want it"); and listening and responding to your team.

Team Genius

The New Science of High-Performing Organizations

Author: Rich Karlgaard,Michael S. Malone

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062302566

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

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A groundbreaking book that sheds new light on the vital importance of teams as the fundamental unit of organization and competition in the global economy. Teams—we depend on them for both our professional success and our personal happiness. But isn't it odd how little scrutiny we give them? The teams that make up our lives are created mostly by luck, happenstance, or circumstance—but rarely by design. In trivial matters—say, a bowling team, the leadership of a neighborhood group, or a holiday party committee—success by serendipity is already risky enough. But when it comes to actions by fast-moving start-ups, major corporations, nonprofit institutions, and governments, leaving things to chance can be downright dangerous. Offering vivid reports of the latest scientific research, compelling case studies, and great storytelling, Team Genius shows managers and executives that the planning, design, and management of great teams no longer have to be a black art. It explores solutions to essential questions that could spell the difference between success and obsolescence. Do you know how to reorganize your subpar teams to turn them into top performers? Can you identify which of the top-performing teams in your company are reaching the end of their life span? Do you have the courage to shut them down? Do you know how to create a replacement team that will be just as effective—without losing time or damaging morale? And, most important, are your teams the right size for the job? Throughout, Rich Karlgaard and Michael S. Malone share insights and real-life examples gleaned from their careers as journalists, analysts, investors, and globetrotting entrepreneurs, meeting successful teams and team leaders to reveal some "new truths": The right team size is usually one fewer person than what managers think they need. The greatest question facing good teams is not how to succeed, but how to die. Good "chemistry" often makes for the least effective teams. Cognitive diversity yields the highest performance gains—but only if you understand what it is. How to find the "bliss point" in team intimacy—and become three times more productive. How to identify destructive team members before they do harm. Why small teams are 40 percent more likely to create a successful breakthrough than a solo genius is. Why groups of 7 (± 2), 150, and 1,500 are magic sizes for teams. Eye-opening, grounded, and essential, Team Genius is the next big idea to revolutionize business.

The Ideal Team Player

How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues

Author: Patrick Lencioni

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119209595

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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The author uses a fable to describe how a man taking over the family business is forced to rapidly build and create a culture based on the virtues of a true team player, before laying out the real framework for placing the system in real world institutions.