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One Mission: How Leaders Build a Team of Teams

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  435 ratings  ·  40 reviews
From the co-author of New York Times bestseller Team of Teams, a practical guide for leaders looking to make their organizations flatter and more interconnected.

When retired four-star General Stanley McChrystal and former Navy SEAL Chris Fussell co-wrote Team of Teams, they drew on their experience transforming the U.S. military's Special Forces into a flexible and nimble
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Scott Wozniak
This is an important challenge and written by someone who solved in it his space (how to actually build the team of teams that has fast speed and coordinates lots of departments). But it's written very academically--overly complex language, long phrases, little to no emotional content (which is a major factor of change projects). So I liked some parts, but found myself finished out of discipline rather than pleasure. ...more
Oct 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Following on Gen McChrystal's work Team of Teams, I was anxious to learn more about the specifics of how the model described in that book can be applied to another organization--particularly how leaders effectively empower teams at lower levels & get the right balance between responsibility/accountability & authority.

While there are bits of valuable insight in this book, I would have appreciated more specificity on the challenges the Task Force faced in it's transition to this model. I thought
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fussell's book is about how to improve communication and information flow across a company’s silos and functional groups. The core idea comes from his experience in leadership of the Navy Seals in the Iraq and Afghanistan. His last role before leaving the military was as the Aide-de-camp to General Stanley McChrystal. Fussell now works in a consultant role, with McChrystal, implementing many of their military ideas in business settings. This book is a follow-on book from a book Fussell co-wrote ...more
John Stinebaugh
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book as I began my role as a Strategic Director. This is a useful outline on effective ways to reach out of silos and create a great move toward a unified narrative.
I didn't expect it, but this book sets a powerful new standard for knowledge management in modern teams. Though in the initial chapters the book felt overly reliant on generalizations, the later case examples from Fussell's and corporate teams clarified the author's position that communication is the foundation of resilient growth in a complex world. According to Fussell, even in the digital age where we can communicate virtually with almost anyone on earth, communication happens most readily be ...more
Ruby Bibi
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
-Following the successful book, Team of Teams, where the author described the value of teamwork, this book was written detailing how to go ahead to build such an organization. Using both examples from the military, as well as case studies of corporations, the various steps are explained.
-The author begins with the problems that the military in Iraq was faced with. Because of modern day communications, the enemy was able to make use of information quickly. An attack against the American forces wo
Ruby Bibi
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best business books around

-Following the successful book, Team of Teams, where the author described the value of teamwork, this book was written detailing how to go ahead to build such an organization. Using both examples from the military, as well as case studies of corporations, the various steps are explained.
-The author begins with the problems that the military in Iraq was faced with. Because of modern day communications, the enemy was able to make use of information quickly. An
Jean M
Apr 18, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
As I embark on an exciting new challenge in my career, I was once again pleased to find the right book sitting on my shelf. Unlike my previous jobs, this one was expressly taken to deliver on one large new initiative. Which is why One Mission just fit.

I'm not a big armed forces reader. I'm also not a very strong historian of wars in general, but this book was recommended in the context of leadership, specifically how to lead high performing teams who have a singular focus.

The book was excellent,
Nov 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Good insights, but getting through it was a drag. I listened to the audio book, and there was clearly a lot of re-editing; as a result, the sound of the voice changed tone and volume constantly, even within in the middle of sentences which was very distracting. Probably 4 stars for content and 3 for delivery.

As for the underlying content, the underlying ideas are all great and proven out in the author's experience. There is concrete advice and examples of implementing the team-of-teams framework
Abdulfattah Popoola
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
Excellent book.

I picked this up because I found it as an audio book in the Microsoft library after reading General McChrystal's book.

It really helped to explain ways to run multiple teams, the critical factors include openness, agility, an ability to rapidly execute and respond towards a shared goal. I do like how they send their best hands to become liaisons in a bid to achieve the overarching goal.

Coming at a time when I need to leverage the capabilities of multiple people to achieve team goal
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So application for large CPGs

I loved this book. In a time where large corporations are acquiring smaller companies and brands, the complexity and rate of change of company "culture" is not to be ignored. So many organizations are blinded by their historic norms and not able to be agile. They rely on the Bains and McKinseys of the world to fix things when those groups are still trying to sell their trademarked models of success that may have been relevant in the 90s. Chris does a great job in des
Darren Holland
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Highlighted the heck out of this thing

We’re in the early stages of applying many of these strategies in our large org (unifying narrative, internal comm platform, O&I’s at varying levels, liaisons) and this gives both the “why” and the “how” to keep pushing forward even when it’s difficult. It’s reassuring to hear some of the same obstacles or headwinds are not unique to our org. I like the “hesitants/deviants” framework - another way to understand our range of people/culture and their varying c
Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was recommended by a colleague because our organization is absolutely striving to be a “team of teams.” Why not get some insights and guidance on how to make it happen? And there’s some good stuff here - Fussell has unique insights into how a hierarchical org chart and traditional operating approach must adapt to new needs/challenges. But - like many business books - the case studies and illustrations from Fussell’s time in the military get REAL redundant REAL quickly. In addition, som ...more
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Today's leader gets everything done with teams in an unprecedented context of complexity, diversity, globality, and interconnectivity. Ironic that best practice in leading teams comes from General Stanley McChrystal as applied to a business context. Although taken from mixed warfield achievements, the leadership best practices are thoroughly modern and applicable. I'd say these team management skills are essential for today's integrative impact leader working dimensions of people, planet, and pr ...more
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this follow-up to Team of Teams less than the original book. I found it interesting, but somewhat hard to grasp all the concepts, which I sometimes found difficult to understand. He used a lot of examples from his experience with General McChrystal in Iraq and other military examples, which I could relate to, especially his time as an aide-de-camp time with McChrystal and their use of Liaison officers. The author is definitely smart and astute with regards to how organizations work to ...more
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
I guess it has some good points. Definitely aimed at leadership. If you don't manage people, you can't really apply any lessons from this book. The message I got from it was:

1. Strict hierarchical organizations are outdated and slow.
2. To move faster, companies need to promote bottom up networks and information sharing between the people that do stuff directly.
3. But to actually do this, you need top-down promotion and enforcement of the new culture norms (direct collaboration, empowered exec
Jay Hennessey
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leadership
This is a fantastic read. I especially appreciated the discussion on the Hybrid approach to organization and communication.

I think Chris does a great job of explaining a concept and showing historical vignettes to drive the point home and then a current business approach to the same.

Lots of great book recommendations within as well -- I picked up Starfish and the Spider based on the recommendation. More than halfway and really like how complimentary both books are.
Emily Bassett
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
My favorite lesson learned from this book was the line about "Credibility equals competence plus integrity plus relationship." (or something like that. .. I listened to this book on Audible). I think Chris Fussell did a great job de-bunking some myths that the Team of Teams mindset can only apply to extremely charismatic innovative leaders, and that, in fact, we all have something to learn from his experiences. ...more
Clayton Anderson
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
For anyone who is working at a medium or large-sized company, this should be required reading.
It touches heavily on two of the biggest challenges with companies that are large or have grown to be large recently - breaking down silos and making decisions. I will be using the lessons in this book to better empower my own colleagues, as well to identify "positive deviants".

Could have been a bit shorter, but the extra detail didn't take away from the book at all.
Ismail Elshareef
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business, nonfiction
A great read on the power of communication, especially the aligning narrative, in breaking down silos in any organization. Social capital and focus on relationships are at the heart of effectively creating a singular mission for teams to adopt and act as one. The writing is engaging and fluid. An important read for all leaders of teams.
Mike Costanzo
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Audiobook review. Great read and the right length. A good companion the Team of Teams. If you can get over the militaristic narrative then there are interesting and simple concepts to apply at any organization, especially large ones, in order to break down silos and execute in a controlled agile manner.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked the content in the book; you will likely be able to execute on complex problems synergistically after reading it. However, as one of the other reviewers mentioned, it is written like a text book, and lacks a conversational style to it. Ultimately, I too had to finish the book out of discipline; I am still glad to have spent the time to read it though.
J. Shelley
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Chris Fuss improves upon General McCrystal's Team of Teams. One Mission effectively translates the Team of Teams concept to modern organizations. The author builds a compelling story that draws upon meaningful research. His stories from the Iraq War make it quite compelling.

Anyone trying to transform a large hierarchical organization should read this book.
James Hendrickson
Just as good as Team of Teams

Bringing Agile/scrum practices to the real world. This concept is transformational to any organization. I could read this again and again (and I will over the years).
Fred Goh
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing is agonizing at times, but the stories in this book on how different organizations manage to transform themselves into more agile bodies reacting and responding to complexity and new information were very engaging.
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is aimed to give insights in leading teams out of military stories and experience.
Sounds a bit like "The code of trust", by Robin Dreeke, which I loved.
However here, I find it harder to read, and harder to get the message so far.
Kumaran B
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it
The book started well but later chapters goes very theoretical. In my opinion difficult to implement these theories in many large organizations. Also too much of comparisons to military practices which in my opinion might not fit the business straight away.
Mark Wood
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
A helpful follow to to team of teams but may have limited applications in different settings.
Jackie Ensley
Great insight into operational functions and a hybrid model between a bureaucracy and network organization
Joe Koennecke
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommend reading team of teams first. This book is more of a companion guide to how that concept was born and implemented. Could be stand alone but works better as a set.
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