Getting to Nimble | episode 546

The Importance of Adaptability with General Stanley McChrystal

General Stanley McChrystal is a retired four-star general in the US Army, the former Commander of Joint Special Operations Command, and the author of multiple books, including his upcoming book Control: A Leader's Guide to Risk. Following a 34-year career in the United States Army, General McChrystal founded the McChrystal Group, an advisory services firm that specializes in leadership consulting. April 01, 2021

546: General Stanley McChrystal has decades of leadership experience. In this interview, we discuss the importance of adaptability and agility, and General MyChrystal’s view that nimbleness is a continuous journey. He notes that cross-functional collaboration is not automatic, and organizations must be deliberate in fostering trust in a distributed environment. To do this, he suggests that transparency, vulnerability, individual empowerment, and a common purpose are all critical ingredients. We also discuss the characteristics of a resilient organization and which lessons from the military he sees as most applicable to the business realm, among a variety of other topics.

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This episode is sponsored by Apptio.

"When you do it and you take great pride and you want to lock it down, forget it. You've got to keep changing it. We're working on moving targets forever now. When you talk about being nimble, it's not nimble for a jump, it's nimble for a constant journey.

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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