Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World

Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World

General Stanley McChrystal, Tantum Collins, David Silverman, Chris Fussell


What in case you may possibly mix the agility, adaptability, and unity of a small group with the ability and assets of a big organization?

THE previous ideas now not observe . . .

while common Stanley McChrystal took command of the Joint targeted Operations job strength in 2004, he fast discovered that traditional army strategies have been failing. Al Qaeda in Iraq used to be a decentralized community which can flow fast, strike ruthlessly, then doubtless vanish into the neighborhood inhabitants. The allied forces had a big virtue in numbers, gear, and training—but none of that looked as if it would matter.

TEACHING A LEVIATHAN TO IMPROVISE
It’s no mystery that during any box, small groups have many ad­vantages—they can reply fast, speak freely, and make judgements with no layers of paperwork. yet enterprises taking up really big demanding situations can’t slot in a storage. they want administration practices that could scale to millions of individuals.
 
basic McChrystal led a hierarchical, hugely disci­plined computing device of hundreds of thousands of guys and ladies. yet to defeat Al Qaeda in Iraq, his job strength must gather the enemy’s pace and suppleness. used to be there the way to mix the facility of the world’s mightiest army with the agility of the world’s so much fearsome terrorist community? if this is the case, may well a similar ideas practice in civilian organizations?

A NEW technique FOR a brand new WORLD
McChrystal and his colleagues discarded a century of traditional knowledge and remade the duty strength, in the course of a grueling battle, into whatever new: a community that mixed tremendous obvious conversation with decentralized decision-making authority. The partitions among silos have been torn down. Leaders checked out the simplest practices of the smallest devices and located how one can ex­tend them to hundreds of thousands of individuals on 3 continents, utilizing expertise to set up a oneness that will were most unlikely even a decade past. the duty strength grew to become a “team of teams”—faster, flatter, extra flex­ible—and thrust back Al Qaeda.

BEYOND THE BATTLEFIELD

during this strong ebook, McChrystal and his colleagues exhibit how the demanding situations they confronted in Iraq should be rel­evant to numerous companies, nonprofits, and different or­ganizations. the realm is altering swifter than ever, and the neatest reaction for these dependable is to provide small teams the liberty to test whereas riding every­one to proportion what they examine around the whole organiza­tion. because the authors argue via compelling examples, the crew of groups technique has labored in every single place from sanatorium emergency rooms to NASA. It has the capability to remodel businesses huge and small.

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