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Team of Teams

By: General Stanley McChrystal,David Silverman,Tantum Collins,Chris Fussell
Narrated by: Paul Michael
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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Team of Teams by General Stanley McChrystal, read by Paul Michael.

What if you could combine the agility, adaptability, and cohesion of a small team with the power and resources of a giant organisation?

When General Stanley McChrystal took command of the Joint Special Operations Task Force in Iraq in 2003, he quickly realized that conventional military tactics were failing. The allied forces had a huge advantage in numbers, equipment and training - but none of the enemy's speed and flexibility.

McChrystal and his colleagues discarded a century of conventional wisdom to create a 'team of teams' that combined extremely transparent communication with decentralised decision-making authority. Faster, flatter and more flexible, the task force beat back al-Qaeda.

In this powerful audiobook, McChrystal and his colleagues show how the challenges they faced in Iraq can be relevant to any leader. Through compelling examples, the authors demonstrate that the 'team of teams' strategy has worked everywhere from hospital emergency rooms to NASA and has the potential to transform organisations large and small.

©2016 General Stanley McChrystal. David Silverman. Tantum Collins. Chris Fussell. (P)2016 Penguin

Critic Reviews

"A bold argument that leaders can help teams become greater than the sum of their parts." (Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit)
"An indispensable guide to organisational change." (Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs)

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Great book

Interesting and deep insights into management science from the army general. I enjoyed it snd I can recommend it.

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Amazing

True, today's problems need a new approach as they are really complex. Reading this book has been insightful as shared consciousness and empowered execution came out as new approach to the challenges that plague the world today. Thank you for the Team of teams.

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Must listen for anyone thinking about leading organizations in the digital age

Thought provoking thesis that can transform the way you think about organizations and leadership.

I enjoyed that McChrystal himself narrates the chapter summaries. The one down side is that the non-audio versions come with diagrams to explain the concepts, which can be tedious to refer to while listening.

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Big picture leadership for 21th century

I red a lot of leadersip books before, this is one of the best. After biografy My Share of Task, author offers deeper insight into HOW the Team of Teams was created, what priniples were necessary for it to function and also what paradigm shift was needed in management thinking. Great book.

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'n Baie analitiese, tog praktiese boek wat die ontwikkeling van bestuurstyl ondersoek en volledig bespreek.

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Game changer

Could not stop listening!

Some of the most important and catalytic shifts of perception needed to empower and grow organizations in today’s world!

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Good repackaging of old ideas

This book repackages many ideas on organisational design. Good for an introduction into how organisation's can deal with increasing complexity but does not dive into sufficient detail into a number of ideas that have been previously progressed by other authors (eg., sense making; stewardship theory; disclosing new worlds; Being and becoming).

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unexpectedly good

i Wien not expect a military book to have insights about agile leadership. but it was a great book covering why one needs transparency and autonomy.

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Well worth a listen

Not just limited to 'managers’

If you have any influence on shaping the day of a colleague. You can also contribute to a culture of a team of teams

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Fantastic!

Really enjoyed listening to this book. It’s a treasure trove of learnings to navigate our ever changing world and I highly recommend it to anyone who leads teams or works in one or more teams.

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  • Derek D
  • 10-13-17

Adaptive organisations

Proposes a flat structure of highly integrated teams of experts. Excellent material and very engaging.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-12-19

American Psyche Learning Age old Learnings

An enjoyable listen with some uncanny common references also used in Robert Greene's tome, Laws of Human Nature. Overall the lessons of adapting to a nimble insurgent/guerrilla enemy have been well understood by the British Army for generations. The two muscles the Americans have failed to exercise in their short military history is their heart and brain. A nig blunt instrument capable of attritional warfare. Quantity has a quality all of it's own, but it is wasteful and ugly. The British Regimental System developed over years of conducting hearts and mind campaigns is very inefficient on a cost basis but has proved effective through the years. I have a 60 page pamphlet issued in the late 90's by Sandhurst that contains all the detail needed to guide a military force in today's asymmetric battlefield. Summary... Encourage initiative at the lowest level, take nothing for granted and adapt constantly.

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  • IronMale
  • 04-07-18

Interesting topic. Boring book.

The analogies obfuscated rather than clarified the author's message. Which is a shame. And I usually welcome analogolies. Bit this book was boring, unfotunately.

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  • Mr Matthew J Fry
  • 01-08-18

Relevance to the modern leader.

The complexities of contemporary management challenges dissected in a logical and well thought out manner.

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  • Alexander Mikhalev
  • 10-16-17

brilliant book - every leader should read.

I really liked this book - very unexpected from military and good reminder of good leadership and what it means.

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  • Stanley Hopea
  • 09-12-17

From chess masters to expert gardeners: profound insights into 21st century leadership

The planets may have a predictable, clockwork-like motion - but life does not.

People around the world, who are trying to leave their part in a better state than they found it, get humbled pretty quickly. Reality is complex, nature is complex, humans are complex.

These realities of solving problems in complex, 21st century systems are brought to light vividly and brilliantly in Team of Teams.

Retired General McChrystal and his co-authors do an excellent job. The story of their journey is full of surprises, and important lessons. Case studies are used to great effect. Tying them to the common thread of his experiences commanding JSOC and ISAF works well.

Team of Teams reinforces the belief that the challenges of the 21st century can be overcome. That by working independently, yet collectively: adaptively, yet systemically, we can work with the interconnected world in which we now live, and help everybody come out on top.

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  • Immanuel
  • 08-05-17

very well written and a great listen

has given me many insights into running a team. helpful and interesting examples which help to make the easy to understand. thank you

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-01-17

A fascinating approach

This book is a great read and I thoroughly recommend it to people working in large and small organisations alike. It's full of very clear ideas which can be applied practically. I'll be taking lessons back to my organisation and can't wait to be part of a 'team of teams'.

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  • Dan Swain
  • 06-22-17

Beyond command and control

Thought provoking and brilliant, well worth a read. military decentralisation of control when efficiency just isn't working.

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  • Ham
  • 04-30-22

Enthralling military examples

A must read. Transformational . Packed with insightful examples. So much to contemplate on

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  • Robert
  • 01-29-17

A must read!

A thought provoking analysis stressing the importance of adopting "mission command". The authors utilise significant hostoric examples where the use of centralised or decentrilised command structures have had a significant impact on the future direction of the organisation. Recommended read for business owners and military leaders.

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  • MICHAEL COLLINS
  • 05-31-22

So many lessons

An interesting perspective that blends systems thinking with agile approaches to enable improved outcomes via distributed decision making. Very much applicable to todays business world and re-enforces the view that command and control no longer works.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-16-22

Complicated vs Complex - WoW!

This came recommended from a podcast I listened to on MBA Success: The MBAAus Podcast EP:10 Mike Tristram - Running a 5th generation family business.

The concepts in this book are so far apart but inextricably linked that what works for one generation may not work for another; you need to understand both to arrive at the most optimal outcome in management. Examples given share history lessons of great ideas and calculated decisions come to fruition and be successful, only then to be non viable or redundant years later.

An amazing book that breaks down myths and barriers on management, no matter what side of management you lead by - to silo or not to silo.

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  • Martin Richardson
  • 04-24-21

Interesting and effective

A very interesting take on organisational transformation. The back story of how the US military restructured it’s task force and inter group collaboration provides a very good basis for this theory. Worth a read or listen.

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  • 02-02-21

Brilliant and Thought-provoking

Brilliant. Insightful. Interesting. Made my bike commute to work extra productive and interesting. So good.

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  • Louis
  • 11-16-20

Good book

Very interesting and written well, Gen. McCrystal experiences re-aligning the US armed forces to fight Al Queda is entirely relevant to today's business world

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  • Monica Watt
  • 07-25-19

Great strategies for business

Have thoroughly enjoyed this book, it uses solid examples of the changing environment and the need to adapt our thinking, methodology and how we relate and engage with and for others. Operating in the tech space I found the examples valuable in adapting and responding to the changes in my workplace. The reader is clear and the end of chapter recaps read by Gen. Stanley McChrystal retired close out each chapter well. I have purchased five copies and shared with my Exec team as it is that relateable.

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  • B. Rushworth
  • 06-07-19

Fantastic book

This book is the most usual and important book I've read this year. Highly recommended.

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  • Justin
  • 02-04-19

its dry,but its a leadership's view

tapping into a general's mind is interesting. he used a wide variety of examples to explain decisions made. on certain chapters i do feel its an outlet to explain how amd why decisions made on the battleground during his command. there are good in sights on leadership and better decision making. is it worth it? well.. i will redo the book a couple of times to read between the lines.

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  • Daniel Araneda
  • 12-20-18

This audio book was excellent

This audio book was excellent, well read and very captivating. kept me interested all the way through.