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In this episode of the of the Unmistakable Creative, aid de camp to general Stanley Mcchrystal and Navy seal Chris Fussel joins us to share psychology, mindset and leadership lessons  from how the challenges faced in Iraq can be relevant to countless businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations.


  • How the reasons we do things evolve after we start
  • Finding the internal equation that allows you to find your edge
  • Developing the capacity to challenge ourselves and push our boundaries
  • The myths and truths about Navy Seal Training
  • What pushes people to a breaking point 
  • How to make quick decisions and recover from setbacks quickly
  • Leadership perspectives from a strategic and tactical level
  • Business insights from the world of special operations 
  • The power of shared consciousness for making an organization more effective
  • Our misperceptions of war and conflict 


Team of Teams

Chris Fussell is the Chief Business Development Officer at McChrystal Group, leading the sales, marketing, and client relations teams.  He and his team are responsible for identifying and growing McChrystal Group’s network and client base, and for positioning CrossLead as a 21st century leadership model and globally-recognized brand. Chris is an author of the firm’s forthcoming management book, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement in a Complex World.

Originally aired about 2 years ago.

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