About the Book — 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.
About the Author — A transformational leader with a remarkable record of achievement, General Stanley McChrystal (Ret.) was called “one of America’s greatest warriors” by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. General McChrystal co-founded McChrystal Group in January 2011 to deliver innovative leadership solutions to American businesses in order to help them transform and succeed in challenging, dynamic environments. As a co-founder and partner, General McChrystal serves as an advisor to senior executives at multinational corporations. In this role he shares and applies the best leadership lessons and experiences from his time in service with McChrystal Group clients. He brings a unique background of honing latent talent in organizations, as well as leading cultural change.
A retired four-star general, he is the former commander of US and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) Afghanistan and the former commander of the nation’s premier military counter-terrorism force, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). He is best known for developing and implementing the current counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan, and for creating a comprehensive counter-terrorism organization that revolutionized the interagency operating culture.
General McChrystal is a graduate of West Point and the US Naval War College. He also completed fellowships at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1997 and the Council on Foreign Relations in 2000.
General McChrystal is a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where he teaches a course on Leadership in Operation. He also sits on the board of the Franklin Project, Navistar International Corporation, and JetBlue. He is a highly sought-after speaker, giving speeches on leadership to organizations around the country. General McChrystal’s memoir, My Share of the Task, was a New York Times bestseller in 2013.
General McChrystal is a passionate advocate for national service and veterans issues. He serves as the Chair of the Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute. In this capacity, he advocates for a future in which a year of full-time national service—a service year—is a cultural expectation, a common opportunity, and a civic rite of passage for every young American.