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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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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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Relevance to the modern leader.

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

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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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Adaptive organisations

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

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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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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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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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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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Team Trust

Like ants humans can also bring in same adaptability but in greater scale by collaborating as teams consiously and with empowerment.

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Interesting but not very useful

an interesting read but I was hopi g for more practical advice on how to structure organisations

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Interesting story, not greatly told

Interesting story. Nothing completely new, but great to hear again. I didn't like the writing style though, he mentioned too often that his opponent was outnumbered and outgunned, like ten times. After three times, you know it, and stats to get annoying.

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  • 09-04-20

'n Moet lees

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

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  • 09-11-19

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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  • 02-10-19

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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  • Patrik
  • 24-08-19

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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  • Isaac Wong
  • 24-04-19

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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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 13-04-19

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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  • Edwin
  • 11-01-19

Engaging and insightful

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

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  • 04-09-18

Insightful and a revelation

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