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General Stanley McChrystal on culture, strategy and ‘entrepreneurs of battle’

In 2004, one of the greatest war machines of all time, the US military, was struggling to beat back Al Queda in Iraq (AQI). Whilst the allied forces had huge advantage in numbers, equipment and training, the commander of the Joint Special Operations Task Force, General Stanley McChrystal, realised that conventional military tactics and command structures were failing. Team of Teams: New Rules for Engagement in a Complex World gives McChrystal’s account of how he and his colleagues discarded a century of conventional wisdom to create a faster, flatter and more flexible organisation that ultimately proved successful in defeating AQI.

Team of Teams isn’t only a military book. If you are a seasoned executive struggling to come to terms with new ways of working, or an entrepreneur scaling a business, whilst at the same time grappling with how to keep a startup culture alive, then you should give it a read.

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Between now and the end of the year, I'm sharing fortnightly the wisdom that I have gained from my favourite recent reads, as it relates to life and business. The books I've chosen to summarise are: The Most Important Thing by Howard Marks, Superforecasting: The Art & Science of Prediction by Philip Tetlock, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by General Stanley McChrystal, Coaching for Performance by Sir John Whitmore and Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl.

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