June 13, 2017
“How could we be so highly competent at the small team level, yet incapable of moving with the same agility as an enterprise? If we did not align behind one mission, our individual capabilities would prove insufficient. We could all be great and still lose.”
This problem – which former Navy SEAL Chris Fussell observed as part of General Stanley McChrystal’s Special Operations Task Force –doesn’t keep just military commanders up at night. It plagues leaders of countless organizations in today’s complex and fast-moving world. Too often, well-built companies end up with teams stuck in their own silos, pursuing goals and metrics in isolation. Their traditional bureaucratic structures create stability, scalability, and predictability, but in a world that demands constant adaptation, this traditional model fails.
In their New York Times bestseller Team of Teams, McChrystal and Fussell made the case for a new model combining the agility, adaptability, and cohesion of a small team with the power and resources of a giant organization. Now, in One Mission, Fussell channels all his experiences, both military and corporate, into powerful strategies for unifying isolated and distrustful teams. By committing to one higher mission, organizations develop an overall capability that far exceeds the sum of their parts.
This practical guide will help leaders and in the fields to:
- Build a single aligning narrative for all of your teams, no matter how complicated your org chart
- Eliminate excessive bureaucracy by fostering interconnection outside of normal lines of authority
- Create liaison networks that help people from different silos collaborate quickly and effectively
- Define decision spaces that allow teams to have clear autonomy within the context of the greater mission
Fussell shows how a wide range of companies, from Silicon Valley software giant Intuit to a government agency on the plains of Oklahoma, have used these methods to unite their people around a single compelling vision, resulting in superior performance. One Mission will help you follow their example to a more agile and resilient future.
Chris Fussell is a partner at the McChrystal Group Leadership Institute and co-author of Team of Teams, the first book in a Team of Teams series. A former Navy SEAL, he served as aide-de-camp to Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal during McChrystal’s final year commanding a Joint Special Operations Task Force fighting Al Qaeda.
Since leaving active duty in 2012, Fussell has served as a senior fellow for National Security at New America. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Navy SEAL Foundation, is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and teaches at Yale University. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his family.