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

Penguin Publishing Group, 12 2015 - 304
From theNew York Timesbestselling author ofMy Share of the TaskandLeaders, a manual for leaders looking to make their teamsmore 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 trainingbut none of that seemed to matter. To defeat Al Qaeda, they would have to combine the power of the worlds mightiest military with the agility of the worlds most fearsome terrorist network. They would have to becomea "team of teams"faster, flatter, andmore flexible than ever.

InTeam of Teams, McChrystal and his colleaguesshow how the challenges they faced in Iraq can be relevant to countless businesses, nonprofits, andorganizations today. In periods of unprecedented crisis, leadersneed practical management practices that can scale to thousands of peopleand fast. By givingsmall 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 examplesfrom NASA to hospital emergency roomsTeam of Teamsmakes the case formergingthe power of alarge corporation with the agilityof asmall team to transform any organization.



Stanley McChrystal retired from the U.S. Army as a four-star general after more than thirty-four years of service. His last assignment was as the commander of all American and coalition forces in Afghanistan. His memoir, My Share of the Task, was a New York Times bestseller. He is a senior fellow at Yale Universitys Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and the cofounder of CrossLead, a leadership consulting firm. Tantum Collins is currently studying international relations at Cambridge University as a Marshall Scholar. David Silverman and Chris Fussell are senior executives at CrossLead and former U.S. Navy SEAL officers.