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‘McChrystal Affair’ Has Lessons for Us All

Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s fall from grace is yet another example of how the super self-confident can lose it all by forgetting their place in front of the media. We submitted a commentary to Pacific Business News on what executives can learn from McChrystal’s intemperate behavior in the presence of a Rolling Stone reporter. It’s published this date; mahalo to PBN. Friday, July 2, 2010 McChrystal forgot how to deal with the media Pacific Business News (Honolulu) - by Doug Carlson Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal’s firing by President Obama has lessons in it for every executive in every company in every state of the union, including Hawaii. It was the dramatic conclusion to what can happen when a leader forgets the basics about surviving in a media-driven environment. McChrystal’s “insubordination” and apparent disrespect for the principle of civilian control of the military as reported by Rolling Stone magazine were the primary reasons cited by the President, but at the heart of the