Chief of Staff Executive Virtual Academy

The past year exponentially increased the urgency for leaders to adapt and evolve. You, as the Chief of Staff, have never been more center and critical to the success of not just responding to this urgency but helping build a sustainable path forward for your organization to stay proactive in adapting to future challenges.

This course is designed for Chiefs of Staff who must expand their influence to ensure organizational success at the most difficult time – where stakeholders may be remote, dispersed, and uncertain of the future.

Over the course of seven weeks, participants will work through facilitated sessions and peer coaching groups to define an unpredictable role, identify your leadership tendencies to understand how to drive higher performance, and be introduced to process shifts that enable accountability, better communications, and strategic clarity. Within an environment that is changing rapidly, Chiefs will be equipped with the tools to create clarity for their role as Chief, larger impact for their organization, and their own professional development.

SESSION 01 - March 1st @ 11:30AM - 1:30PM EDT

Independent Peer Coaching: March 8, 12:00pm-1:00pm EST

SESSION 02 - March 15th @ 11:30AM - 1:30PM EDT

Independent Peer Coaching: March 22, 12:00pm-1:00pm EST

SESSION 03 - March 29th @ 11:30AM - 1:30PM EDT

Independent Peer Coaching: April 5, 12:00pm-1:00pm EST

SESSION 04 - April 12th @ 11:30AM - 1:30PM EDT


Chris Fussell is the President of McChrystal Group. He is an author of the 2015 New York Times bestseller, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World as well as 2017 Wall Street Journal bestseller, One Mission: How Leaders Build a Team of Teams. He joined McChrystal Group as a Partner in 2012.

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Cricket Oles


Cricket Oles is a Principal at McChrystal Group, where she serves as Chief of Staff for the McChrystal Academy. In this role she supports the Director of the Academy in the execution and operations of the leader development business. Previously she supported client development and management for the firm's West Coasts business.

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David Livingston

Managing Partner, McChrystal Academy

David Livingston leads a team of subject matter experts, learning designers, and dynamic facilitators who develop and deliver custom learning courses and programs that leverage a variety of experiential learning methods to drive individual growth and higher performance for teams and organizations.

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Eleanor McDonald

Director of Sales

Eleanor McDonald is the Director of Sales at McChrystal Group, responsible for developing and executing the company's sales strategy. Based in McChrystal Group's London Office, Eleanor drives global business development efforts, from lead generation through to contract negotiation and signature. Previously, Eleanor worked in the Implementation team, where she led engagements with several FTSE 100 companies, including a global professional services organisation and a world-leading healthcare group.

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