Team Of Teams: New Rules Of Engagement For A Complex World
ISBN: 1591847486
EAN13: 9781591847489
Language: English
Release Date: May 12, 2015
Pages: 304
Dimensions: 1.02" H x 9.06" L x 5.98" W
Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

From the New York Times bestselling author of My Share of the Task and Leaders, a manual for leaders looking to make their teams more adaptable, agile, and unified in the midst of change.

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. To defeat Al Qaeda, they would have to combine the power of the world's mightiest military with the agility of the world's most fearsome terrorist network. They would have to become a team of teams--faster, flatter, and more flexible than ever.

In Team of Teams, McChrystal and his colleagues show how the challenges they faced in Iraq can be rel­evant to countless businesses, nonprofits, and or­ganizations today. In periods of unprecedented crisis, leaders need practical management practices that can scale to thousands of people--and fast. By giving small groups the freedom to experiment and share what they learn across the entire organiza­tion, teams can respond more quickly, communicate more freely, and make better and faster decisions.

Drawing on compelling examples--from NASA to hospital emergency rooms--Team of Teams makes the case for merging the power of a large corporation with the agility of a small team to transform any organization.

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   Gen. McChrystal (really, The McChrystal Group) on how to scale teams, break down silos, speed decision-making
Here are some good lessons -- how do you scale your effort, break silos, foster collaboration, speed decision-making. Stanley McChrystal was handed a more difficult challenge than Gen. Gen. Stanley McChrystal. By all accounts, he injected massive, urgently needed change into the military procedural apparatus, a notoriously top-down, increasingly archaic beast. Here he recounts the challenges, setbacks and successes of these efforts. He and his three co-writers explain how we can apply the same practices to our business lives, and he and his three co-writers detail how we civilians can apply the same practices to our business lives. I applaud the book as well as the general's service to our country. However, there are two elephants in the room rummaging back-of-mind while you're making your way through these pages : Gen. McChrystal is giving business advice and is US Army, retired a bit before he wanted this title. Michael Hastings ( see Hastings, Hastings. ) 2) His two splendid efforts aside, his two remits? Not exactly sorted out, not exactly sorted out.
   A MUST read for leaders/managers in all fields! Enlightening and refreshing!
Fantastic and colorful read! Fantastic and colorful ''! The authors provide excellent and convincing examples of how the old rules of leadership, management and organization no longer apply and moreover, provide a roadmap to make your organization more effective and increase communication. The book is enlightening and refreshing - I learned so much! Thank you for the authors! Thank you, authors! ''
   it's a pretty good read
My company adopted this book as a guide to becoming a more effective team. I am an army veteran so that I knew the details of the author's firing from his position as ISAF CDR. The book is a solid read, but I think it is a reach to say that McChystal's use of Special Ops teams to hunt terrorists is a tactic that is adaptable to the corporate world. I just don 't buy it. It is still a pretty good read.
   Simply must-read
If you are an executive, leader or agile coach, this book is simply one that you must read. No excuses. No excuses. For everyone else it is only a must read. The collective knowledge that this book reflects is simply amazing and shows some of the missing links in many management philosophies and agile frameworks. This book changes the way you think about team and organizational structure for all the right reasons.
I love recent military history, theories of leadership, and am a leader in a very dynamic environment. This book was awesome. With many leadershipmanagement books, you can skim the chapter summaries and get the gist of the book. Every page added value in the team of the teams, every team member. I have recommended it to several people at my company and will continue to do so-excellent book.
   Makes Sense - Future View for Organizations
It was very easy to read. The shared stories of great to illustrate the concept are shared. For any professional in or seeking a leadership role, recommend Recommend.
   Excelente libro
De los mejores libros que he podido leer. Una lectura cómoda y muy entretenida hacen que la información de este libro sea muy fácil de comprender.
   Great resource for changing your organization
As a proponent of the digital revolution and a transformational leadership coach and consultant, I recommend this book. Here is great material for you to use to help you think about the dynamics you'll need to implement to transform your culture digitally. I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 because, like most books, the messages could have been sent in about 60% of the volume 150 pages, not 250. But anyway, buy it. You 'll be glad that you did.
   Good retro-spective on his time in command
GEN McChrystal has written an interesting account of his time as a network commander and the special forces approach his team adopted. The read was fascinating and even as a military person, I learned a lot about what happened. The points about network centric operations can be found in other, earlier works, including pieces by Fred Stein, John Boyd, John Gartzga, et. al. The real magic in the approach and results was the successful application of mission command, as envisioned by GEN Marty Dempsey and others, but rarely achieved in conventional forces. Since its publication, I have seen this book cited in a number of other management books, since it was published. This speaks volumes as to the credibility of this text. This is a must read whether you're a military historian or someone interested in managing change and network operators.
   Leadership 2.0
A great book that shows how a leader can cultivate a productive, flexible, and adaptable work environment. It empowers leaders to focus on the team to manage information, communication and action plans. The team becomes a functional collective that has greater productivity by reducing silos and decentralizing functional groups.