From the Battlefield to the Boardroom, Navy SEAL Officer Chris Fussell Talks Leadership

While it may seem like an unnatural alliance, few industries compare as closely as healthcare and the military. Both occupy a prominent space in our nation’s economy and our nation’s shared ethos. Both demand life and death decisions under intense pressure on a daily basis. From scrubs to fatigues, both boast a strong professional identity. Both are masculine and hierarchical, with alarmingly high rates of trauma and mental illness in their ranks.

And in both healthcare and the military, disruption can sometimes feel next to impossible.

But not for veteran Chris Fussell. He led powerful change when the pressure and stakes were too high to maintain the status quo. From war torn Afghanistan to highly specialized efforts in the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa, this Navy SEAL Officer experienced the evolution of the U.S. military’s Special Operations community from a siloed bureaucracy into an agile, effective network.

Chris brings this experience in his role as President at the McChrystal Group , a leadership consulting firm founded by General Stanley McChrystal, and as a key contributor to the McChrystal Group Leadership Institute. Hear Chris’ insights from working with teams across the country and around the world, and the benefits of the “team of teams” approach to management and leadership.

Listen to this episode to get a deep understanding of how Chris turned his special operations expertise in cross-functional collaboration into a leadership skill set. The result was an creating an environment that emphasized open knowledge sharing and the development of individuals into leaders — a culture that considers human capital as the bond between each member of a team.

Chris is author of One Mission: How Leaders Build a Team of Teams, the follow-up to The New York Times bestselling book Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement in a Complex World, co-authored with General Stanley McChrystal.

Elizabeth Métraux

Senior Advisor for Thought Leadership at PCP, Elizabeth regularly speaks and writes on the art, science, and power of language, as well as performs as a storyteller in the Boston area.

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