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McChrystal Group – The CrossLead Way

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Ultimately, the success of McChrystal Group can be traced to CrossLead, set of principles forged over years of sustained counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations.

CrossLead is a combat proven leadership and management system that optimizes the performance of individuals, teams and organizations through shared consciousness and purpose.

It consists of the following principles:

1. Trust and Teamwork
Build a foundation of relationships based on trust and teamwork.

2. Vision and Values
Ground the organization on a clearly defined vision and set of values.

3. Operating Environment
Understand the operating environment and your organization while constantly adapting for purpose.

4. Aligned Strategy
Align the team around an achievable and resilient strategy.

5. Culture of Communication
Force and foster a culture of inclusion, transparency, and accountability through constant communication.

6. Decision Making
Create shared ownership by decentralizing decision-making and execution to the most effective level.

7. Disciplined Operating Rhythm
Ruthlessly prioritize, maintain a disciplined and sustainable battle rhythm, and focus on what only you can affect.

To learn more about CrossLead visit

Leadership as a Core Competency from the McChrystal Group

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

In a recent blog post entitled “Leadership as a Core Competency” author Joe Wollfel a Sr. Consultant with the McChrystal Group and former Navy SEAL, discusses successful traits for a practitioner leader.

The power of practical leadership lies in the integration of high-performing individuals’ skills and ideas, not the mastery of the individual leader in his or her field or function: the leader’s function is leadership.

It contains excellent pointers for someone in charge of a group of high-performers. Such conditions are often found in SOF units with highly competent and experienced NCOs being led by a generalist officer. As these officers are often still early in their careers and serious go-getters themselves, there is a tendency to compete with the troops. Years ago, I served with one such performance obsessed young officer. “Bob” was in constant competition with his team, whether at the shooting range or at the gym, he wanted to outdo everybody. I remember speaking with him about his overtly competitive behavior. It wasn’t exactly making him very popular with the men so I tried to explain to him that he needed to learn as much as he could about his charges, their strengths and weaknesses so that when he needed them, he’d know how to make best use of their skills. He never got it and ended up getting out of the Air Force. It’s too bad. He had a lot to offer but he wasn’t willing to learn how to lead.

So, it was refreshing to read this article by Wollfel. Take a few minutes to read it and see how you can apply these principles to your leadership experience.

McChrystal Group – Transparency Through Constant Communication

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Although I never served with him, I remember CSM Michael Hall from his time as the Command Sergeant Major of USASOC and JSOC and since his retirement we’ve spoken several times as he’s worked with various defense contractors such as Colt. He’s a very personable guy and when he’s talking I want to listen. That’s why I wanted to share a post he authored for McChrystal Group’s blog. It’s entitled, “Transparency Through Constant Communication.” The article centers around this concept, “Does my boss, and two levels below me know the same things that I know at the same time I do?”

CSM Hall goes into why this is so important and gives the reader a few helpful guidelines on how to become a more effective communicator. Read the whole post at

Thanks DF for pointing this out!

McChrystal Group Launches New Website

Friday, May 25th, 2012


Specializing in the concept of CrossLead, The McChrystal Group focuses on transformational leadership, leveraging lessons learned in combat and applying them to business.

GEN McChrystal – Chairman of Siemens Government Technologies

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Siemens has hired Retired US Army General Stanley McChrystal to serve as Chairman of their new Siemens Government Technologies business unit which specializes in security systems and engineering software for defense equipment.

GEN McChrystal is a busy man. He also heads McChrystal Group, which we regularly mention here on SSD and sits on the boards of Navistar International Corp and JetBlue Airways Corp. Additionally, he is a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where he teaches global affairs and leadership.

Ever Wanted to Work for the Pope?

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

No, not the guy in Vatican City…THE Pope, GEN Stan McChrystal (USA, Ret). DC-based McChrystal Group is seeking an Executive Assistant.

The Executive Assistant (EA) will be responsible for handling a wide area of executive driven tasks. They must be able to operate with limited or no supervision, be well organized, possess strong computer skills and remain flexible at all times. This individual must be able to communicate directly with clients and senior executives, prioritize tasks and be comfortable in a dynamic and high-energy work environment.

– Executive time management to include managing the CEO’s calendar, meetings and outside contacts
– Coordinate travel for the executive team
– Welcome guests to the office and manage phones
– Entry level public relations assistance to include the management of social media and press inquiries
– Note taking
– Prepare and edit outgoing correspondence
– Maintain flexibility and perform other assigned tasks

– Work primarily in the corporate office
– Work closely with the CEO
– Be prepared to travel as required
– Maintain professionalism at all times
– Flexible work hours to include weekends
– Skilled in Microsoft Office applications to include Word and Excel
– Comfortable with Apple products
– Excellent organizational management and writing skills
– Client relations

One interesting facet of McChrystal Group is that they have leveraged their combined experience assembling and leading ad-hoc multi-agency organizations to develop what they refer to as, “a transformational leadership system called CrossLead.” One of teh most difficult things is “leading” by email. Here, GEN McChrystal gives us a few thoughts.