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Team of Teams

New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
Narrated by: Paul Michael
Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
Categories: Business, Management
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Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Team of Teams by General Stanley McChrystal, read by Paul Michael.

What if you could combine the agility, adaptability, and cohesion of a small team with the power and resources of a giant organisation?

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 decentralised decision-making authority. Faster, flatter and more flexible, the task force beat back al-Qaeda.

In this powerful audiobook, 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 organisations large and small.

©2016 General Stanley McChrystal. David Silverman. Tantum Collins. Chris Fussell. (P)2016 Penguin

Critic Reviews

"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 organisational change." (Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs)

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unexpectedly good

i Wien not expect a military book to have insights about agile leadership. but it was a great book covering why one needs transparency and autonomy.

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Well worth a listen

Not just limited to 'managers’

If you have any influence on shaping the day of a colleague. You can also contribute to a culture of a team of teams

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Fantastic!

Really enjoyed listening to this book. It’s a treasure trove of learnings to navigate our ever changing world and I highly recommend it to anyone who leads teams or works in one or more teams.

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Engaging and insightful

Although the principles are not new they are conveyed succinctly in an interesting context. good listen overall

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Insightful and a revelation

Easy to relate but could do with more examples. Clear dictation and stoked the interest of the learning mind.

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  • Mr Matthew J Fry
  • 01-08-18

Relevance to the modern leader.

The complexities of contemporary management challenges dissected in a logical and well thought out manner.

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  • Alexander Mikhalev
  • 10-16-17

brilliant book - every leader should read.

I really liked this book - very unexpected from military and good reminder of good leadership and what it means.

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  • Derek D
  • 10-13-17

Adaptive organisations

Proposes a flat structure of highly integrated teams of experts. Excellent material and very engaging.

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  • Stanley Hopea
  • 09-12-17

From chess masters to expert gardeners: profound insights into 21st century leadership

The planets may have a predictable, clockwork-like motion - but life does not.

People around the world, who are trying to leave their part in a better state than they found it, get humbled pretty quickly. Reality is complex, nature is complex, humans are complex.

These realities of solving problems in complex, 21st century systems are brought to light vividly and brilliantly in Team of Teams.

Retired General McChrystal and his co-authors do an excellent job. The story of their journey is full of surprises, and important lessons. Case studies are used to great effect. Tying them to the common thread of his experiences commanding JSOC and ISAF works well.

Team of Teams reinforces the belief that the challenges of the 21st century can be overcome. That by working independently, yet collectively: adaptively, yet systemically, we can work with the interconnected world in which we now live, and help everybody come out on top.

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  • Immanuel
  • 08-05-17

very well written and a great listen

has given me many insights into running a team. helpful and interesting examples which help to make the easy to understand. thank you

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-01-17

A fascinating approach

This book is a great read and I thoroughly recommend it to people working in large and small organisations alike. It's full of very clear ideas which can be applied practically. I'll be taking lessons back to my organisation and can't wait to be part of a 'team of teams'.

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  • Dan Swain
  • 06-22-17

Beyond command and control

Thought provoking and brilliant, well worth a read. military decentralisation of control when efficiency just isn't working.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-02-19

confirmed what I have learned over years

it's an interesting read and confirmed what I have practically experienced in IT in complex environments

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-08-19

The holy grail of leadership and team building

I rarely write reviews for any book, but I feel that justice has not been done to this book. I’m quite surprised that this book has not been granted the attention it deserves. If there was only one book which I could recommend to any leader, manager, team, organisation or company, it would be this and only this. I’ve read and listened to many books on leadership and team building, but this is by far the most comprehensive, thorough and engaging book. It touch bases on many concepts which are not talked about often, but are really the key ingredients of having an effective team. Few examples are ‘reductionist management’ vs ‘decentralised decision-making’, ‘need-to-know-basis’ vs ‘knowledge and information sharing’, ‘teams in silos’ vs ‘team of teams’, ‘command and control’ vs ‘empowerment’, ‘manipulation’ vs ‘inspiration’ and ‘gardener’ vs ‘chess player’.

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  • Jim
  • 06-26-19

Excellent example of required culture change

Interesting real life stories explaining the need for large organizations to change their culture to take on the small Agile start ups

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  • Monica Watt
  • 07-25-19

Great strategies for business

Have thoroughly enjoyed this book, it uses solid examples of the changing environment and the need to adapt our thinking, methodology and how we relate and engage with and for others. Operating in the tech space I found the examples valuable in adapting and responding to the changes in my workplace. The reader is clear and the end of chapter recaps read by Gen. Stanley McChrystal retired close out each chapter well. I have purchased five copies and shared with my Exec team as it is that relateable.

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  • B. Rushworth
  • 06-07-19

Fantastic book

This book is the most usual and important book I've read this year. Highly recommended.

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  • Justin
  • 02-04-19

its dry,but its a leadership's view

tapping into a general's mind is interesting. he used a wide variety of examples to explain decisions made. on certain chapters i do feel its an outlet to explain how amd why decisions made on the battleground during his command. there are good in sights on leadership and better decision making. is it worth it? well.. i will redo the book a couple of times to read between the lines.

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  • Daniel Araneda
  • 12-20-18

This audio book was excellent

This audio book was excellent, well read and very captivating. kept me interested all the way through.

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  • Margot Wood
  • 09-26-18

Great stories, sound research, practical insights

The sound evidence base and high stake situations, combined with insights on what this might mean for the corporate world meant Team of Teams a worthwhile additional to the library. At times the presenter pace was a little slow and there was a degree of repetition, but this was relatively minor given the overall insight the book offers. Recommended.

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  • Prabhu Singh
  • 10-01-17

Concepts

Great concepts that linked where we have come from and where we are going. The important thing is that the authors provide context so the concepts are not lost on you. Recommended for anyone serious about creating the environment and letting the energy flow for teams.

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  • Matthew
  • 03-14-17

Fantastic book on Management and Leadership

What did you like most about Team of Teams?

Its Raw, To the Point and really Informative,

What did you like best about this story?

The recap at the end of each chapter by General McChrystal

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Any additional comments?

Loved it, great working concept. I wish more organisations could work like this.

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  • Robert
  • 01-29-17

A must read!

A thought provoking analysis stressing the importance of adopting "mission command". The authors utilise significant hostoric examples where the use of centralised or decentrilised command structures have had a significant impact on the future direction of the organisation. Recommended read for business owners and military leaders.

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  • Sam
  • 12-04-16

Honest and transparent

Great book on creating and easing network centric high performance teams. Implementing this in my team today