Lieutenant General George Flynn

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For thirty-eight years, George served as a leader in the US Marine Corps in the United States and overseas, retiring in 2014 as a Lieutenant General (three star). Most recently he served in a senior position in the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, which coordinates security across the different branches of the US military and related government agencies.

Sector and Service Expertise

George brings his experience and expertise to support Skarbek’s clients facing challenges in executing strategy, transformational change and capability building.

Strengths and Career Achievements

The common thread in George’s assignments has been a focus on leading people and organisations to realise higher levels of operational and practical effectiveness.

Throughout the last decade of continuous military conflict, George successfully led six different large-scale and diverse organisations. In each case he had to adapt and change them to fit new requirements. He developed and implemented road-maps that incorporated organisational simplification, new approaches to training and education, and the embrace of disruptive applied technology. This approach, coupled with tested judgment, honed by many years of experience and some mistakes to learn from, informed his ability to repeatedly deliver mission success in challenging circumstances.

George has gained a reputation as an innovator, with a record of leading organisations of increasing size, complexity and importance through complex change. His success has been based on his understanding of how best to leverage human capital, his unbiased assessment of the operating environments, and his ability to motivate risk-averse individuals to embrace change.

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