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David Silverman Team Of Teams

May 16, 201512 min
In Team of Teams General McChrystal and his coauthors show how the challenges he and his colleagues faced in Iraq, Afghanistan, and over a decade of special operations missions around the globe can be relevant to countless businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations here at home. When General McChrystal took command of the Joint Special Operations Task Force (overseeing the most elite counter terrorism forces including Army Rangers, Navy SEALs, and classified units) in 2003, he quickly realized that conventional tactics were failing. Al Qaeda in Iraq was a decentralized network that could move quickly, strike ruthlessly, then seemingly vanish into the local population. The Allied forces had a huge advantage in numbers, equipment, and training—but none of that seemed to matter. Small teams have many advantages—they can respond quickly, communicate freely, and make decisions without layers of bureaucracy. But organizations taking on really big challenges can’t fit in a garag

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