This week-we went through –Team of Teams-by General Stanley McChrystal. The book has many interesting insights, is well researched and goes into the history of many important events of mankind. Written from the perspective of management, along with the personal experience of the general during 21st century wars, the historical context he provides will help anyone who has interest in human organizations.
At the core of his journey to adaptability lies a yin-and-yang shared consciousness , achieved through strict centralized forums of communication and extreme transparency, and empowered execution , which involved the decentralization of managerial authority.
The Roman Army was an early and effective employer of the kind of drilled order that we see in modern parachute drops. Discipline and incessant drills were hallmarks of life in the legions. The soldier turned historian Josephus was said to have described Roman army drills as “bloodless battles” and their successful battles as “bloody drills”.
With interesting insights into the evolution of Modern Management, the book traces the evolution of management thought, right from 19th century concepts of Fredrick Winslow Taylor, to 20th century experiences of GM’s Alfred Sloan
Action point- After every meeting –Sloan would write a letter to one of the participants in which he wrote about the key themes discussed, issues the meeting raised, decisions it reached, problems uncovered which it did not solve.
As part of our organizational culture theme, we applied some insights into how we will be more adaptable in present circumstances.
The key questions at Centre level were Electricity, the capacity of generators as light goes away in Tripoli for long periods now.
Another issue which is taxing the medical finance board is the non-payment of insurance companies arrears which is making them think of revising of rates and give a special price for those paying in cash.
Both these are works in progress.
At the Department level we revise the Timetable for coming Ramadan
Scientific Culture- our Monthly wall magazine went into the works of Alfred Sloan foundation and its association with Encyclopedia of Life.
Here are some species which we saw last year in our trip to Toronto zoo.
As we see the many lessons, historical contexts of –Team of Teams, though written by a General of the 21st century-who was famously recalled from Afghanistan (see Rolling stone articles…THE RUNAWAY GENERAL http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-runaway-general-20100622
The book has many lessons for anyone living in the 21st century.
We read-discussed the book with even greater interest as the region where we stay is being affected by different types of insurgencies and civil conflict, (but in this post we will limit ourselves to professional and organizational culture issues )