Today we’re excited and honored to have with us, retired US Army General Stanley McChrystal. A retired four-star general with 34 years of service, Stanley was the commander of all US and coalition forces in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010. Prior to this, he served as commander of JSOC or the Joint Special Operations Command, overseeing the US military’s most elite units including Delta Force and SEAL Team 6. According to journalist Sean Naylor, in his Book, Relentless Strike, McChrystal was, “the general whose vision and intensity transformed JSOC into a global man-hunting machine.” His tenure included the capture of Saddam Hussein and the killing infamous terrorist, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Today Stanley is founder and CEO of the McChrystal Group, a strategic consulting firm. He is also a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where he teaches a course on Leadership. His books include, My Share of the Task, Team of Teams, Leadership- Myths and Realities and his newest book that we’ll be discussing today, Risk. A Users Guide.
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Links and Resources:
Colin Kelly (WWII bomber pilot who inspired Colin Powell to change the pronunciation of his name): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_Kelly
Service Year Alliance: https://serviceyear.org/serviceyearalliance/
McChrystal Group: https://www.mcchrystalgroup.com/people/stan-mcchrystal/
Senior Fellow and Instructor: https://jackson.yale.edu/person/stanley-mcchrystal/
Risk Book: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/648173/risk-by-general-stanley-mcchrystal-and-anna-butrico/