1. Corporate Boards, Consulting, Speaking Fees: How U.S. Generals Thrived After Afghanistan

    Corporate Boards, Consulting, Speaking Fees: How U.S. Generals Thrived After Afghanistan

    When Stanley A. McChrystal was the top general in Afghanistan, he would ask his troops a question: “If I told you that you weren’t going home until we win - what would you do differently?” McChrystal recalls that question in his 2015 management manual, “Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World,” which says his wartime leadership techniques can guide organizations far from the battlefield toward “successful mission completion.” The failure of the American mission in Afghanistan became deadly apparent last month when the Afghan army collapsed as the Taliban took control. But the generals who led ...

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    1. When Stanley A. McChrystal was the top general in Afghanistan, he would ask his troops a question:
    2. Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World.
    3. I stand by what we did and how I reported it during my time.
    4. For years it's been payday for the generals while the war itself has been a complete disaster.
    5. I don't think that means that necessarily many of the decisions made and the strategies pursued were wrong. I think in many cases they were the best strategy that could have been.
    6. It's not a bunch of people getting their snout in the trough and just trying to get rich.
    7. Senior management is much more likely to listen to military commanders because they're cool and they've killed people than to a McKinsey guy in a pinstripe suit.
    8. We certainly could have figured this stuff out ourselves, but we had no time to waste.
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