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

10 August 2023



Portfolio, May 2015 • General Stanley McChrystal – Tantum Collins – David Silverman – Chris Fussell

Review and personal recommendation by
Leitner György (SEED Faculty Member)

Can you imagine that your team is fully empowered in a military operation to make decisions? This is exactly how General McChrystal transformed his previously top-down command driven military operation in Iraq to be able to successfully fight against Al Queda.

In today’s world of technology, things can change in an instant. So how can you prepare your business for such events? By ensuring that you have the right empowered teams within a larger organization. McChrystal shows how organizations can achieve their goals through adaptability and by fostering a culture of self-sufficiency that empowers people to make informed decisions across the organization.

The book brings numerous exciting historic and contemporary examples, it’s an eye-opener to read.

About the authors

General Stanley McChrystal is a retired four-star general who served in the US Army for 34 years. Following his retirement, he founded McChrystal Group, an advisory team that improves the performance of organizations and develops the men and women who lead them. McChrystal Group’s primary mission is to help the organizations get their teams working better, smarter, and faster for over a decade. Forged in combat and proven across industries, we use our Team of Teams® framework to help you get the most out of your teams, turning them into powerful engines of meaningful change.

Tantum Collins is a researcher and former policymaker. He focuses on how machine learning can help build better systems for democratic governance and collective intelligence. Previously, Tantum worked at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where, as Assistant Director for Technology Strategy, he oversaw a portfolio of issues related to AI and national security.

David Silverman is an entrepreneur, best-selling author and former Navy SEAL. David co-founded the McChrystal Group in 2011 where he served as CEO for five years. He created CrossLead in 2010 when he and a group of like-minded friends sought to reinvent the way the world does business in today’s dynamic environment. CrossLead is a technology company whose leadership and management framework is used by top leaders and companies around the globe.

Chris Fussell was commissioned as an Officer in the United States Navy in 1997, and spent the next 15 years on US Navy SEAL Teams, leading SEAL elements in combat zones around the globe. He is the President of McChrystal Group. Chris has focused on bringing his Special Operations experience and expertise in cross-functional collaboration, knowledge sharing, and decision making with large corporations facing similar challenges.