Tue, 5 October 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST


Four Star General Stanley McChrystal, Former Commander of the US Forces in Afghanistan

A User’s Guide to Risk

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Four-star US Army General and New York Times bestselling author Stanley McChrystal shows us how we can improve our risk resistance and successfully plan for the unknown.

Retired four-star general Stan McChrystal has lived a life associated with the deadly risks of combat; he has seen how individuals and organizations, too often and to great cost, fail to mitigate risk. Why? Because they focus on the probability of something happening instead of the interface by which it can be managed.

In this livestream, In Conversation event, General McChrystal will offer a new system of responding to risk, through ten dimensions of control we can adjust at any given time including: diversity, adaptability, communication, technology, and leadership. By monitoring these controls, we can anticipate, identify, analyze, and act when things do not go as planned. Drawing on compelling examples ranging from military history to the business world, McChrystal will illustrate how these factors are almost always in effect, and how by considering them, individuals and organizations can exert mastery over risk.

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Stanley McChrystal

Former Commander of the US Forces in Afghanistan

Stanley McChrystal retired in July 2010 as a four-star general in the US Army. His last assignment was as the commander of the International Security Assistance Force and as the commander of the US forces in Afghanistan. He is currently a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and the cofounder of the McChrystal Group, a leadership consulting firm. Tantum Collins and Chris Fussell are his colleagues at the McChrystal Group, while David Silverman is the founder and CEO of CrossLead. He is the author of Team of Teams.

Matthew Stadlen

Broadcaster, writer and regular How To Academy host.

Matthew Stadlen is a broadcaster, writer and regular How To Academy host. Previously he was an LBC presenter, wrote The Matthew Stadlen Interview for the Telegraph and presented the TV series Five Minutes With and On The Road With for the BBC. He is a birdwatcher and photographer, and his book How To See Birds is out now. Twitter: @matthewstadlen