Summary of Team of Teams

New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World

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Team of Teams book summary
General Stanley McChrystal presents tactics for a new world of constant change.


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In keeping with his book’s title, US Army General (Ret.) Stanley McChrystal credits a team of writers with collaborating on this unusual management guide. Two are former US Navy SEALs, and a hard-bitten military attitude prevails in the prose. Another is a student of international politics and history at Cambridge University. You won’t be surprised that a man accustomed to being in charge and supported by an almost unlimited number of staffers should recognize how beneficial co-authors can be. However, you might be surprised that a former four-star Army general – and a former Pentagon, governmental and media superstar – would admit that he needed and accepted help and that he celebrates it. getAbstract finds that this attitude speaks to McChrystal’s concept of leadership and to the purpose of his autobiographical book, which sets out the principles you can use to build a “team of teams” – that is, the best possible team compiled from all the potential teams you could create within your organization or company.

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About the Authors

US Army General (Ret.) Stanley McChrystal, who also wrote My Share of the Task, commanded US and coalition forces in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010 and is now a senior fellow at Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. He co-founded the consultancy CrossLead with former Navy Seal David Silverman, CEO of the McChrystal Group, where Chris Fussell, also a former Seal, is a partner. Tantum Collins is a Marshall Scholar at Cambridge University.

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