Institute of Politics

General Stanley McChrystal on Risk and Challenges of Leadership

General Stanley McChrystal on Risk and Challenges of Leadership
  • Date & Time

    Nov 30, 2021

    5:30 PM-6:45 PM CST

  • Location

    Ida Noyes Hall

    Cloister Club

    1212 E 59th St Chicago, IL

Please join the Institute of Politics in person as we welcome General Stanley McChrystal for a live taping of "The Axe Files" podcast with IOP Founding Director David Axelrod. 

McChrystal is a retired four-star general and is the former commander of US and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) Afghanistan and the former commander of the nation’s premier military counter-terrorism force, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). Gen. McChrystal founded McChrystal Group in January 2011 where he advises senior executives at multinational corporations on navigating complex change and building stronger teams. During his military career, Gen. McChrystal was well known for developing and implementing a comprehensive counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan, and for creating a cohesive counter-terrorism organization that revolutionized the interagency operating culture.

Gen. McChrystal is the author of a new book, Risk: A User's Guide, where he details his experiences and career of a life associated with the deadly risks of combat. From his first day at West Point, to his years in Afghanistan, to his efforts helping business leaders navigate a global pandemic, McChrystal has seen how individuals and organizations fail to mitigate risk. Why? Because they focus on the probability of something happening instead of the interface by which it can be managed.

Copies of Risk: A User's Guide will be for sale.

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