There are those books that have titles that don’t do the book justice. And then there are those books that have titles that are the literary equivalent of clickbait. For me Team of Teams fell into the latter category.
The TLDR version of this book is “General Stanley McChrystal instituted a daily video conference in Iraq which all special operations forces had to join and everyone shared information so then the US won the war.”
There are parts of this book that are great (the history of management thinking at the start is well done).
The writing is generally fantastic. But I’m always cautious about cure all solutions; a treatment for every management ailment, if you will. I’m also cautious about any management narrative that’s predicated on “the world has got faster, therefore you must…”
An excellent concept, which is well worth the read. The concepts of shared consciousness and empowered execution are worthy of consideration. A thought is that are these concepts enabled by a reductionist baseline or can they be developed from the outset? Do you need an organisation to have been based in a clear roles and responsibilities framework, In order to be able to optimise the New system. At the end of the day ' trust' is the cornerstone, and it reminds me of the saying that 'some leaders trust that you are good until you prove yourself otherwise, and some leaders don't trust you until you prove yourself worthy.' Both have their place and whilst naturally people like to think they are in the former, most, if honest, would admit to being in the latter. In this book the special forces selection process and the assumption of competence inherent in that culture need to be factored in as enabling considerations, kind of like the seeds for the gardener to grow and tend. Iam a convert, and can see the utility and benefits.
One of the best books on leadership I have ever read. I like the way that the theories and concepts in this book are not only well researched but are literally battle proven. Working in IT where there is often disparate and fast information coming from different sources and having to make decisions which if are wrong can end up in disaster. I like the way the book addresses some common organizational challenges such as siloing and draws from experience on how to address these problems. As I have told a few managers if it's good enough for the US Special Forces under siege in Afghanistan it's good enough for even the most chaotic organization.
For leaders who find themselves overwhelmed with the pace and nature of change around you and have taken a default 'must plan better' approach : this is the book you've been looking for. It will help frame the changes required in your management and people leadership that will give you and your teams the capability edge your company and customers demand.