Gen. McChrystal: What Fighting Al Qaeda Taught Me About Running a Business
It turns out that modern warfare has quite a lot in common with modern business.
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General Stanley McChrystal had to learn on his feet while fighting Al Qaeda in Iraq. This was a new kind of warfare, with an enemy whose command structure was distributed rather than centralized. Used to a much more hierarchical command structure where leadership distributed information in a tightly controlled way, the U.S. Army had to learn — quickly — to adapt.
The new, successful approach General McChrystal developed, a "Team of Teams," relied on a few key principles. Upon returning to civilian life, McChrystal discovered that these principles applied perfectly to the new challenges businesses face in our more fluid global economy. Companies were hungry to learn his secrets. Broadly speaking they are:
These secrets, and more, form the basis of our Big Think Edge course on building teams in 21st century businesses:
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In his final years, Martin Luther King, Jr. become increasingly focused on the problem of poverty in America.
- Despite being widely known for his leadership role in the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. also played a central role in organizing the Poor People's Campaign of 1968.
- The campaign was one of the first to demand a guaranteed income for all poor families in America.
- Today, the idea of a universal basic income is increasingly popular, and King's arguments in support of the policy still make a good case some 50 years later.
A completely unexpected discovery beneath the ice.
- Scientists find remains of a tardigrade and crustaceans in a deep, frozen Antarctic lake.
- The creatures' origin is unknown, and further study is ongoing.
- Biology speaks up about Antarctica's history.
For Damien Echols, tattoos are part of his existential armor.
- In prison Damien Echols was known by his number SK931, not his name, and had his hair sheared off. Stripped of his identity, the only thing he had left was his skin.
- This is why he began tattooing things that are meaningful to him — to carry a "suit of armor" made up the images of the people and objects that have significance to him, from his friends to talismans.
- Echols believes that all places are imbued with divinity: "If you interact with New York City as if there's an intelligence behind... then it will behave towards you the same way."
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