Learn the key ideas of the book by General Stanley McChrystal , Tantum Collins , David Silverman , Chris Fussell

Team of Teams

New methods to build the organisations of the future

The organisational and management methods on which society is based may seem ideal for tackling situations and solving problems, but if we look more closely, there is something missing: in an increasingly connected and fast-paced world, complexity is gaining momentum, and the operating methods of the past are no longer effective. In his book Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World, General Stanley McChrystal shares his thoughts, and proposes new methods for building the organisations of the future, based on shared awareness and teamwork.

Team of Teams
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The digital era has created a new world with different rules for management and organisation

The great lesson that the US military has learned from the war in Iraq started with big data and social media and ended with crashing the entire organisation and management of the world's civil and economic structures. During the mission in Iraq, which lasted from 2004 to 2009, it was in fact very clear from the beginning that the traditional military methods were not sufficient to secure victory in a modern battlefield. Extreme discipline and efficiency and the perfect hierarchical machine that have been the cornerstones and the pride of the US military for decades, clash with today’s very different dynamics created by the emergence of new media and communication channels: instead of enhancing military efficiency, social media video streaming, cross-border messaging, real-time monitoring, the sheer volatility and immediacy with which the information spread destabilized its very foundations and rules, initially turning them from complicated into over-complex, and finally causing them to collapse into chaos. The very same power that makes these new digital tools revolutionary, also undermines the foundations of society as we know it, making it impossible to predict every possible scenario, and therefore an approach based on compliance with perfect procedures and rules becomes ineffective.


The key ideas of "Team of Teams"

The digital era has created a new world with different rules for management and organisation
Adaptability is the key to success in complex situations
To stand a chance in an interconnected world, you need to go beyond the classic production line system
Lessons from The Marines and trust in the team
The key is to making the most of emergent behaviour in teams and groups
The new mentality must be invested in sharing not only the same information but also the same space
The biggest change is in the relationships between people
A good leader must be able to coordinate and allow for the decentralisation of decision making power
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