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
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.
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.
great book, started listening and could not stop. listened to the book 5 times and learned something new every time. the author breaks down the book in step by step sequence which makes it an easy read
A well written review on leadership over the years and how much its changed. Then a great look at how much we have to adapt to the changes in technology information and overall corporate structures to advance in our own personal leadership.
loved hearing the historical references of the industrial revolution, how it changed business and the military and how the same rules don't necessarily apply today
Great insights that apply to leading Agile Development teams of all scales. Leaders can truly lead an adaptive organization if they can let go of their "heroic leader" tendencies.
we have a small organization but we want to grow larger. This book helped me understand a little bit more about the path forward to Ward scaling up. My fears are always around losing control and the book helped me understand that I can't keep control. I also really enjoyed the storytelling aspect of all the ancient battles and War history.
Stanley McChrystal does a great job explaining the interconnectedness of shared Consciousness and empowered execution through anecdotes and examples. I was impressed with the use of other Industries and projects to highlight military leadership Concepts
Well written, fascinating tour de force of how we will lead and manage in our enveloping age of complexity. Any leader or manager who ignores the lessons so clearly explained here does so at her own risk. As a bonus, the lesson reads like a 'page turner' novel.
I like the variety of interlinking stories. He mixes it up to keep it interesting.
An excellent analysis and explanation of the challenges of working in a much more complex world. Highly compelling and actionable
I could never imagine a US Army General could teach all of us in enterprises that many lessons in organization
"Excellent management approach in a complex world"
Narration was good with nice recapping by the author. Excellent subject matter and an interesting development in military ways of working which align well with civilian organisations. Lessons to be learned all around.
well performed and very insightful. gave tips and reasoning behind changing your organisational structure to be more adaptive
"An excellent book for our times"
I found I took more notes from this book than any other I listened to. Really rang a bell for me. Excellent and highly recommended reading for those struggling to explain their need to work a different system to the norm.
"Definately worth a listen"
The concept of shared conscience was really interesting. I felt the book was a lot longer than it needed to be and I didn't take anything very practical away from the book. But it was a really interesting story of how the US had to create a team of teams and there is a lot to be learnt.
"Excellent points made with real insight"
Learning the reasons why the teams need to work together, helps bring together the key points of the book.
"Excellent for real life ideas and implementation"
Heard the author being interviewed on Radio 4. A great book packed full of ideas and methods for looking at communication and leadership.
"really insightful book. read well ."
enjoyable pace and diction. thoroughly recommend. good pace and tone. why we need to have 20 words I'll never know.
"A must for all leaders"
The book excellently portrays what is required and why it works, with good supporting stories from history.
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