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Team of Teams

New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
Narrated by: Paul Michael
Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
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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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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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This audio book was excellent

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

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Great stories, sound research, practical insights

The sound evidence base and high stake situations, combined with insights on what this might mean for the corporate world meant Team of Teams a worthwhile additional to the library. At times the presenter pace was a little slow and there was a degree of repetition, but this was relatively minor given the overall insight the book offers. Recommended.

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Concepts

Great concepts that linked where we have come from and where we are going. The important thing is that the authors provide context so the concepts are not lost on you. Recommended for anyone serious about creating the environment and letting the energy flow for teams.

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Fantastic book on Management and Leadership

What did you like most about Team of Teams?

Its Raw, To the Point and really Informative,

What did you like best about this story?

The recap at the end of each chapter by General McChrystal

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Loved it, great working concept. I wish more organisations could work like this.

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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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  • Sam
  • 04-12-2016

Honest and transparent

Great book on creating and easing network centric high performance teams. Implementing this in my team today

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  • Edwin
  • 11-01-2019

Engaging and insightful

Although the principles are not new they are conveyed succinctly in an interesting context. good listen overall

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-2018

Insightful and a revelation

Easy to relate but could do with more examples. Clear dictation and stoked the interest of the learning mind.

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  • Mr Matthew J Fry
  • 08-01-2018

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
  • 16-10-2017

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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  • Derek D
  • 13-10-2017

Adaptive organisations

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

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  • Stanley Hopea
  • 12-09-2017

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
  • 05-08-2017

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
  • 01-08-2017

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
  • 22-06-2017

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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  • Richard
  • 03-02-2019

Leadership is evolving

This audiobook is suited to those amongst us with a thirst for understanding what goes through the minds of those responsible for setting the leadership tone.

Leadership is rightly being discussed at an increasing level the BRITISH Army for example are now working to develop junior commanders much earlier than in the past, doing so in the knowledge that in the years to come the commanders will have the capacity to think beyond their rank slide.

The most significant take away for me is the theory of shared consciousness and the absolute need for people to be open and transparent, they should be fearful that keeping information back may inadvertently cause more significant issues in the future.

Brilliant book and one which I’ll undoubtedly reference for a while to come.

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  • Emeka
  • 31-12-2018

Leadership through teams

Good read for both new and experienced leaders. Even though the context is mostly military centric, it draws from a diverse set of sources to paint a modern picture. This makes the learning from the book relevant in most endeavours (technology, finance, aviation etc). What I also like about the book is that you indirectly learn about new topics and world events.

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  • Andy
  • 22-12-2018

Massively Improving Effectiveness by Transforming Beyond Taylorist Efficiency

General McCrystal's thought-provoking book is a tremendously well researched, captivating and vividly illustrated telling of his personal journey as a manager and leader as he grappled with how to transform US military special operations in Iraq.

I recommend this book to anyone who manages or leads large organisations and is struggling with a world that has evolved from merely complicated to complex. The fascinating insights and logic conveyed throughout the book put the modern world in context, and then offer some very practical ideas for how an organisation can shift to become effective in a complex operational environment.

What also emerged was General McChrystal's humanity and humbleness, and his deep pride at serving his nation. Thank you for your service.