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

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: May 2015

Duration: 12 hours 6 minutes


The retired four-star general and and bestselling author of My Share of the Task shares a powerful new leadership model

Former General Stanley McChrystal held a key position for much of the War on Terror, as head of the Joint Special Operations Command. In Iraq, he found that despite the vastly superior resources, manpower, and training of the U.S. military, Al Qaeda had an advantage because of its structure as a loose network of small, independent cells. Those cells wreaked havoc by always staying one step ahead, sharing knowledge with each other via high-tech communications.

To defeat such an agile enemy, JSOC had to change its focus from efficiency to adaptability. McChrystal led the transformation of his forces into a network that combined robust centralized communication (“shared consciousness”) with decentralized managerial authority (“empowered execution”).

Now he shows not only how the military made that transition, but also how similar shifts are possible in all kinds of organizations, from large companies to startups to charities to government agencies. In a world of rapid change, the best organizations think and act like a team of teams, embracing small groups that combine the freedom to experiment with a relentless drive to share what they’ve learned.

McChrystal and his colleagues explain their process for helping organizations embrace this model. They also share fascinating research and examples from settings as diverse as emergency rooms and NASA’s mission control center.

Read by Paul Michael. Introduction and recaps read by General Stanley McChrystal.


  • Brandon L

    One of best accounts of leadership and organizational structure and thinking for a volatile age. General McChrystal transitions between military accounts and challenges to civilian sectors, historical accounts and applications. Best book I have read in 2017! Can't wait for the next one.

  • ali nadee

    Excellent book. Must read for anyone who are interested in management, new way of thinking, etc.

  • Richard Keihner

    The book executed on my expectations. It was informative, providig multiple clear and understandable leadership / team strategies in tough environments.

  • Richard Beckwith

    A terrific and detailed account of how the American Military bested terrorists in in Iraq at their own game by evolving a new paradigm of command and control in a new 21st Century war of networks. A must read for all beginning their own "tour of duty" inside or outside the US Military in our fight against terrorism. Not unsurprisingly, this new management model will also give us an edge in the 21st Century in how even our corporate organizations are configured. Burgeoning examples of this new paradigm are Apple Corp, Facebook and Microsoft Corp.

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

by General Stanley Mcchrystal, Tantum Collins, Chris Fussell, David Silverman

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Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World, General Stanley Mcchrystal, Tantum Collins, Chris Fussell, David Silverman