Risk is an inherent, and at times unwelcome, part of life – from the moment we wake up to the time we go to bed. However, risk means something entirely different to General McChrystal, who served in the U.S. military for decades knowing that one wrong decision could cost thousands of lives.
In his new book, Risk: A User’s Guide, retired four-star General Stanley McChrystal shares his hard-won perspective on how to navigate risk in all areas of life. He offers a strategy to effectively anticipate, analyze, and act in situations where there is a likely possibility that things won’t go as planned. Through the lens of leadership, General McChrystal explains how to build and strengthen your company’s “Risk Immune System” by sharing the 10 dimensions of control that you can use to respond to risk. Drawing on examples ranging from his career in the military and his experience in the corporate world, McChrystal explains how these 10 factors are always in play and how individuals and organizations can use them to exert mastery over every type of risk they might face. By helping you shift the focus from the possibility that something will go wrong, to thinking about how it can be managed and used to your advantage, General Stanley McChrystal will help you reimagine the way you think about and conquer uncertainty in business and life.
About General Stanley McChrystal
A transformational leader with a remarkable record of achievement, General Stanley A. McChrystal was called “one of America’s greatest warriors” by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. He is widely praised for launching a revolution in warfare by leading a comprehensive counterterrorism organization that fused intelligence and operations, redefining the way military and government agencies interact.
The son and grandson of Army officers, McChrystal graduated from West Point in 1976 as an infantry officer, completed Ranger Training and later, Special Forces Training. Over the course of his career, he held leadership and staff positions in the Army Special Forces, Army Rangers, 82nd Airborne Division, the XVIII Army Airborne Corp, and the Joint Staff. He is a graduate of the US Naval War College, and he completed fellowships at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1997 and at the Council on Foreign Relations in 2000.
From 2003 to 2008, McChrystal commanded JSOC – responsible for leading the nation’s deployed military counterterrorism efforts around the globe. His leadership of JSOC is credited with the 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein and the 2006 location and killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq. In June 2009, McChrystal received his fourth star and assumed command of all international forces in Afghanistan.
Since retiring from the military, McChrystal has served on several corporate boards of directors, that include Deutsche Bank America, JetBlue Airways, Navistar, Siemens Government Technologies, Fiscal Note, and Accent Technologies. A passionate advocate for national service, McChrystal is the Chair of the Board of Service Year Alliance, which envisions a future in which a service year is a cultural expectation and common opportunity for every young American. He is a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where he teaches a course on leadership. Additionally, he is the author of the bestselling leadership books, My Share of the Task: A Memoir, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World, Leaders: Myth and Reality, and Risk: A User’s Guide.
General McChrystal founded the McChrystal Group in January 2011. Recognizing that companies today are experiencing parallels to what he faced in the war theater, McChrystal established this advisory services firm to help businesses challenge the hierarchical, “command and control” approach to organizational management.