No Turning Back: Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast

By McChrystal Group

Over the last several weeks, Stan and Chris embarked on a new mini-series, called “Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast.” The title comes from a concept in special operations, where operators move more methodically and slowly to make fewer mistakes. In this series, we’re curious to hear how leaders are tackling unpredictability, being intentional in their leadership, and adapting to crises as they unfold. 

You can listen to all episodes below and more on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other podcast platforms.

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Intentional Leadership with Carl Liebert

This week, we are teasing the mini-series with a conversation with Carl Liebert. Carl currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of kwx of Keller Williams. A member of the United States’ Naval Academy’s basketball team, Carl went on to serve in the Navy, before navigating his way through a variety of positions in General Electric, Circuit City, Home Depot, and 24Hour Fitness Worldwide, and USAA.

In this discussion, Stan and Chris learn more about how Carl navigates new industries and role positions. They get Carl’s take on the role that both truth, and curiosity, play in a board of directors meeting, and hear about how Carl thinks about his first 90 days at any position. We were really interested in hearing about the intentionality behind all of Carl’s decisions, as we start the “Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast” series of No Turning Back.

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Bruce Broussard on the Speed of Healthcare Systems

We're officially in the "Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast" series, with a special guest: Bruce Broussard, the CEO of Humana. As organizations jump into 2022, they are eager to start the year with energy and vigor and leave behind the challenges of the past two years.

We know all organizations – especially ones in healthcare, like Humana – must be more intentional than ever before.

In this episode, we spoke with Bruce Broussard and how speed affects the healthcare system. Bruce speaks about how the healthcare system should adopt the "Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast" idea by focusing on disease prevention, not just treatment. Stan and Bruce speak about why and how digital transformation is an evolution of the healthcare system, and even touch on the recent Theranos trial - considering how innovation will continue to affect the healthcare system.

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Meg Gentle on the Future of Energy

As a part of the “Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast” series of No Turning Back, Stan and Chris were excited to speak with Meg Gentle, the Executive Director of HIF USA. Meg has had an impressive 25-year career in the energy industry. A former oil & gas executive, she recently left the business to focus on decarbonization, with goals to return our planet to a CO2 homeostasis.

In this discussion, Stan and Chris ask Meg about the future of the energy sector: what leadership will look like, and how and when we should act during the ongoing challenge of climate change. It's a timely, necessary conversation, and think you'll learn something useful.

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Jake Wood on Intentionality

This week, Stan McChrystal spoke to Jake Wood, the founder, and CEO of Groundswell, about intentional decision-making, how Jake successfully grew and led Team Rubicon and had a tremendous impact, how he intentionally made career pivots, and his current work at Groundswell and its efforts to disrupt corporate giving.

Jake's career began in the military – he was a Marine and, upon leaving the military, founded Team Rubicon, an organization that positions veterans to help in disaster response.

Overall, Stan spoke to Jake about how he thinks about evolving while remaining focused and competitive as the world changes around him. Jake is a fascinating thought leader and guest. We hope our discussion here is thought-provoking and enjoyable.

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Reflections: Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast

This week Stan and Chris conclude the No Turning Back miniseries. They reflect on the four past episodes, exploring insights from their guests on how they implemented Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast in their leadership.

We hope these episodes have prompted you to think about how you can lead during unpredictability, be more intentional in your leadership, and better adapt to the changing environment.

Thank you for joining us for this miniseries. If you’ve enjoyed this miniseries, please visit our Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast resources page, where you can download the playbook.

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