Influencers | episode 300

General Stanley McChrystal (Retired), Managing Partner at McChrystal Group, Former Commander Joint Special Operations Command

July 31, 2017

Among other topics, General McChrystal discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy:

  • The connections between the speed of change, agility, and decision making
  • Recognizing that you can be technically and tactically correct, and still be functionally incorrect
  • The benefits gained from decentralization, pumping information down the organization, and harnessing insights from younger, less experienced team members
  • Building an organizational structure of organically connected small cohesive teams
  • Creating a mandate for necessary change in organizations that are comfortable with their status quo
  • The General’s upcoming book on leadership which explores the metrics of leadership


General Stanley McChrystal is a retired four-star general. He is the former commander of U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) Afghanistan and the former commander of the premier military counter-terrorism force, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). He was responsible for developing and implementing the current counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan, and for creating a comprehensive counter-terrorism organization that revolutionized the interagency operating culture.

General McChrystal co-founded the McChrystal Group in 2011. The McChrystal Group’s mission is to deliver innovative leadership solutions to American businesses to help them transform and succeed in challenging and dynamic environments.

General McChrystal is a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs where he teaches a course on Leadership in Operation. He sits on the boards of Navistar International Corporation and JetBlue Airways. He is also the chair of Service Year Alliance, which advocates for a year of service for every young American.

General McChrystal earned a Bachelor of Science from West Point and is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College. He has completed fellowships at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and at the Council on Foreign Relations.

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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