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Stanley McChrystal

Former Commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan and Co-Founder of the McChrystal Group

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

In this captivating presentation on the significance of teamwork, Gen. McChrystal draws on research conducted for his New York Times best-seller Team of Teams, along with examples from his time leading extremely high-performing teams in wartime, to provide a 360-degree view of the role teamwork plays in today’s success equation. Hitting on the many ingredients of effective teamwork including transparent communication and a decentralized power network that allows for split-second, empowered decision-making, McChrystal’s compelling insights and thought-provoking examples pave the way for real transformation at organizations large and small.


General Stanley McChrystal is a four-star general, the former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan and the former leader of Joint Special Operations Command, which oversees the most sensitive counter-terrorism units. He is widely praised for revolutionizing warfare by fusing intelligence and operations and is credited with the capture of Saddam Hussein and the location and killing al-Qaeda’s leader in Iraq. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates called Gen. McChrystal “one of America’s greatest warriors.” Gen. McChrystal addresses leadership, team building and geopolitics.


  • Best-Selling Author of Risk: A User's Guide, Team of Teams and My Share of the Task
  • Former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan
  • Former leader of Joint Special Operations Command


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