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US Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal (Ret.) realized that fighting against al-Qaeda was impossible within the military’s traditional command-and-control structures. His innovative “Team of Teams” approach created a quick, flexible and knowledgeable network on the scene, which made significant strides against terrorism. Now retired, McChrystal – and his consultancy – help businesses deploy Team of Team principles for business implementation. In this interview by leadership writer and consultant Brook Manville, McChrystal honestly addresses the challenges his firm has faced in making the system work for business clients and explains the most important lessons for business leaders to learn. McChrystal’s method is an innovation in progress. getAbstract recommends staying tuned.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How retired US Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s “Team of Teams” approach makes companies more agile,
  • What challenges the McChrystal group encountered in tailoring a military strategy to the corporate sector and
  • How to make the Team of Teams method work for your business.

About the Author

Brook Manville is principal of the consulting company Brook Manville LLC. He contributes regularly to Forbes and has written multiple books on leadership.



US Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal (Ret.) led the military side of the war on terror until he retired in 2010. Under his leadership, the US armed forces and their international coalition made major gains against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan while also markedly reducing their own casualties. As part of his innovative “Team of Teams” strategy, he rallied cooperating units behind a single mission, encouraged knowledge sharing among networks and limited leaders’ involvement in frontline action. The result was an agile, effective, mostly autonomous network...

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