The Only Shortfall. Missing from the book is a deeper discussion on the role of planning, plans, strategic thinking and strategy. While the Team of Teams approach allows organisations to be adaptable and resilient there is still a key role for planning and strategy. Maybe it’s as simple as the old proverb ‘the plan is nothing but planning is everything’.

11. Conclusion. The book is only 252 pages long but it is full of simple time-tested ideas that can be put into action with little cost. The difficult part of acting within the shared consciousness that General Stan McChrystal describes is getting your team to realise they are empowered to make decisions. This task mostly falls on the senior leaders of an organisation. This method can be exhausting and requires resilient and disciplined leadership at all levels, but the rewards are unmatched. There are lessons for any organisation, to be successful in a complex environment. The book effectively illustrates that whether in war or in business, the ability to react quickly and adapt is critical, and is becoming even more so as technology and disruptive forces increase the pace of change. The focus on new ways to communicate within an organisation and to work together is imperative. All major challenges can be resolved by operational adaptability by establishing a team of teams.

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