Two Things to do Before You Can Lead

July 16, 2011

Do you feel like leading people has become much more complex? Has the fact that there are now four to five generations in the workforce you lead become a challenge?  How about the rate of change?  Change has always been with us, but the rate of change is such now that it leaves our minds whirling.

General Stanley McChrystal had to deal with all of those forces, but magnified and in combat where mistakes result in people being hurt or dying. He is the former commander of U.S. and International forces in Afghanistan. A four-star general, he is credited for creating a revolution in warfare that fuses intelligence and operations.

Watch the following TED Talks video to see how he dealt with these things.  There are some great lessons in this for all of us.