October 14, 2021
12:00pm to 1:00pm


A virtual conversation with ret. General Stanley A. McChrystal on understanding risk, as part of the Pacific Council x World Affairs Global Leaders Series. 

*The first 25 registrants will receive a free signed copy of General McChrystal's new book, Risk: A User's Guide*  


Retired General Stanley A. McChrystal 

Stanley McChrystal retired in July 2010 as a four-star general in the U.S. Army. His last assignment was as the commander of the International Security Assistance Force and as the commander of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan. He had previously served as the director of the Joint Staff and as the commander of the Joint Special Operations Command. The author of My Share of the Task, Team of Teams, and Leaders, he is currently a senior fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and the co-founder of the McChrystal Group, a leadership consulting firm. 


Retired four-star general Stan McChrystal has lived 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 how it can be managed. 

McChrystal will share his battle-tested system for detecting and responding to risk. Using real-life examples from his military experience and the business world, General Stan McChrystall--who spent his career on war-torn battlegrounds dealing with the deadly risks of combat--says too much time is wasted in trying to avoid or eliminate risk, rather than controlling it. Coauthored with Anna Butrico, "Risk: A User's Guide", argues that we must develop both an interface for dealing with risks and an appetite for action. The book delves deep into how we can strengthen our abillity to respond and develop the resilience to face whatever lies ahead. Threaded through with stories--from historic military battles to famous business failures to athletes and race car drivers who have mastered the art of response--RISK is an essential primer for business in the modern age. Moreover, it is a personal guidebook, teaching us to look inward at the individual behaviors that are hampering our ability to tackle uncertainty head on. 


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