The McChrystal Mess: A Teaching Moment for Entrepreneurs

I like General  McChrystal: having read the Rolling Stone article, I like him more than I did yesterday.  A tough, no nonsense guy who I happen to agree with on many points.

That said, how could any general officer in the military be so …, ok, dumb  … as to let Rolling Stone magazine inside his field tent?  Any general officer who is so out of touch as to bare – and let his subordinates bare – his soul to journalists; the journalists of Rolling Stone no less – is off his rocker.  Terrible judgment; the kind of terrible judgment that by itself makes me wonder about a guy I am otherwise predisposed to think quite highly of.  Unless there is really no one else  fit for the job (and I can’t believe the President thinks that) I do not see how the good General can keep his job – or should keep it.

Footnote for entrepreneurs: remember the McChrystal story the next time you are tempted to speak out of turn, so to speak, about your investors.  Or your CEO.  It’s at best a high risk proposition.

Footnote for the General: I can’t wait to hear what you really think…..


About Paul A. Jones

Serial venture capital backed entrepreneur, angel investor and venture capital investor; Co-chair of the VentureBest team at Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP.
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One Response to The McChrystal Mess: A Teaching Moment for Entrepreneurs

  1. Masha says:

    I agree with you, Paul, – extremely poor judgment on McChrystal’s part.

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