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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Explore a legendary philosopher's take on how society fails to prepare us for education and progress.
- Alan Watts was an instrumental figure in the 1960s counterculture revolution.
- He believed that we put too much of a focus on intangible goals for our educational and professional careers.
- Watts believed that the whole educational enterprise is a farce compared to how we should be truly living our lives.
How can we use the resources that are already on the Moon to make human exploration of the satellite as economical as possible?
If you were transported to the Moon this very instant, you would surely and rapidly die. That's because there's no atmosphere, the surface temperature varies from a roasting 130 degrees Celsius (266 F) to a bone-chilling minus 170 C (minus 274 F). If the lack of air or horrific heat or cold don't kill you then micrometeorite bombardment or solar radiation will. By all accounts, the Moon is not a hospitable place to be.
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