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Number of Pages: 304
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
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 trainingbut none of that seemed to matter.
TEACHING A LEVIATHAN TO IMPROVISE
Its no secret that in any field, small teams have many ad­vantagesthey can respond quickly, communicate freely, and make decisions without layers of bureaucracy. But organizations taking on really big challenges cant 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 enemys speed and flexibility. Was there a way to combine the power of the worlds mightiest military with the agility of the worlds 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 flex­ibleand 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.
"In addition to being a fascinating and colorful read, this book is an indispensable guide to organizational change." Walter Isaacson, from the foreword
"This is a bold argument that leaders can help teams become greater than the sum of their parts." Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit
"Team of Teams is erudite, elegant, and insightful. An unexpected and surprising wealth of information and wonder, it provides a blueprint for how to cope with increasing complexity in the world. A must read for anyone who cares about the futureand that means all of us." Daniel Levitin, author of The Organized Mind
"Team of Teams is a compelling, pragmatic argument for a more information-rich, decentral­ized approach to management from a leader who has successfully weathered storms with higher stakes than most business leaders will ever encounter. A must-read book for anyone serious about taking their leadership further, faster."John Venhuizen, president & CEO, Ace Hardware Corporation
"General Stan McChrystals Team of Teams is an instant classic. Best leadership book I have read in many a decade, by one of our nations most gifted and iconic general officers."Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret), Supreme Allied Commander at NATO 20092013; dean, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
"The lessons and concepts outlined in Team of Teams provide a valuable blueprint for leader­ship across any industry or domain. The principles of classical leadership struggle to deal with todays pace of change, free-flow of information, and the entrepreneurial spirit of the digital generation. Team of Teams harnesses these new realities as assets, providing a leader­ship framework to produce the inclusiveness and adaptability of a fast-moving start-up, at the scale of any size organization." Brad Smith, president and CEO, Intuit
"In Team of Teams, General Stanley McChrystal, who won some of our most striking victories in the great war between nations and terrorist networks, shares insights for all in this lucid, persuasive, and sometimes wrenching account of our troubled yet transformational times." John Arquilla, professor, Defense Analysis United States Naval Postgraduate School
"In the fast-moving world of today and tomorrow, organizations that dont adapt will sim­ply fade. Team of Teams makes this case in compelling ways. I literally could not put the book down." Peter Bergen, author of Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad"