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One Mission: How Leaders Build a Team of Teams

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  345 ratings  ·  34 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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Published June 13th 2017 by Books on Tape
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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.
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
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 ...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
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
Mike Gunderloy
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one was an inspiring read as I think about our company's management structure and how it might get through a round of growing pains. It's a follow-up to Team of Teams, continuing to dig into how lessons from the Special Operations Task Force run by General Stanley McChrystal can be applied to the fast pace of today's business. Fussell makes a case -- I think a convincing one -- that no matter how good your managers are the "solid-line hierarchy" of an organization isn't enough to keep up ...more
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
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
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
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, ...more
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
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
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 ...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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Robert Mosley
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book demonstrated Grace from an aid to camp the pressure of competitive leadership that is hungry for the challenge
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.
Jackie Ensley
Great insight into operational functions and a hybrid model between a bureaucracy and network organization
David Goochee
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great addition to Team of Teams.
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.
Greg Holman
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Almost felt like riding coattails of ToT's. The same stuff repackaged I suppose. Not that it was bad, just not really new info from other book.
Anthony Alvarez
The book was alright. I liked that the author used some real life company examples but it just didn't do it for me.
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