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David Silverman    

Founder & CEO of CrossLead, Inc., Co-author of "Team of Teams" & Peak Performance Expert

David Silverman is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of McChrystal Group. Through founding McChrystal Group with General Stanley McChrystal in January 2011, David and a group of like-minded friends sought to reinvent the way the world does business in today’s fast-paced environment.

Upon leaving the military, David was motivated to share the lessons learned from confronting a cutting-edge 21st century networked organization—Al Qaeda—with a 20th century hierarchy. After witnessing the US Special Operations community’s successful transformation into an agile network first-hand, David realized their experiences were not isolated to the military, but rather universal to organizations everywhere, from businesses to non-profits to governments. He set out to change the way organizations operate in the 21st century, disrupting the traditional business model and enabling them to adapt and win in a constantly shifting environment.

Based on their collective service in the United States Armed Forces, David and his colleagues developed CrossLead, a holistic leadership and management system designed to enable sustained organizational adaptability. CrossLead empowers organizations to continuously adapt and win in complex environments.

David’s vision has been responsible for McChrystal Group’s transformation, starting from the company’s founding in General McChrystal’s living room and growing to its present state as a leading management and leadership consulting firm with over 80 employees. Through his leadership and vision, CrossLead is being implemented successfully inside Fortune 500 companies across sectors.

David is the principal architect of CrossLead doctrine, products, and services. He plays an important role in determining CrossLead methodology and strategy for specific client engagements, working with client CEOs to shape and drive the implementation of CrossLead.

David is also a frequent guest speaker to business leaders and conferences throughout the country on CrossLead. He is also one of the author’s of McChrystal Group’s forthcoming management book, "Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement in a Complex World."

A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, David served in the US Navy as a SEAL Officer for 12 years. He is an experienced and combat-decorated veteran with six operational deployments worldwide, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Southeast Asia.

Speech Topics


CrossLead: Lessons on Leadership from a Warrior, Statesman, and Scholar.

In this dynamic presentation on leadership, David Silverman shows how modern warfare, business, and politics demand no-nonsense leadership that is as good at implementing change as talking about it. He reveals the power of culture, communication, and relationships, sharing stories, experiences, and principals that make his points. Silverman addresses such key leadership principles as transparency and inclusion, leveraging the power of teams through shared ownership, evolutionary change vs. revolutionary change, relentless mission focus, and sharing a clear vision with everyone who must execute against it.

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