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The Iceberg Of Ignorance

Sep 18, 2019 4:46:20 PM / by Travis Jacobs

The iceberg of ignorance, is a study by Sidney Yoshida that states only 4 percent of problems are known to senior management. 


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The exact number varies, the point is that people removed from the day to day operations can't see the most of the pressing problems that their people face on a daily basis. 

The iceberg of ignorance is a case for decentralized command

Decentralized command will not work effectively unless commanders intent is clearly & simply defined so that the lowest man on the team understands what he can do to achieve mission success

Decentralized command is the fourth law of innovation, cover and move is the first law.  Cover and move, simply means teamwork, working together to achieve the mission.


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The Dunning Kruger Effect applies to every team, training and practice is you how navigate the pitfalls.  Just like Tom Brady & the patriots, that run plays in practice before game day.  


"Football Practice" is how teams build trust & respect as a team.  It allows teams to practice plays and try out different scenarios.  


The four disciplines of execution are a simple method for the team to achieve success without losing focus on the big picture and get bogged down in trivial details that don't matter.


We all have blind spots ... and a ego ... we're all human ... we all make mistakes ... we all have flaws and imperfections.  Don't let your ego get in the way. 


Without open and honest communication ... 

open and honest communication builds trust and respect.

We use the Talking Football to improve honest communication


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When you can honestly & openly discuss the things you don't know that you don't know .. as a team with humility .. you can truly accomplish great things.

When the leader says .. "we don't know what we don't know" .. here's how we're going to figure that out .. you can execute to win


Trust and respect are crucial to teamwork and innovation.

Teamwork and innovation are crucial to success

Leadership is crucial to innovation and teamwork


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Topics: Leadership, Communication, Design, Innovation, Execution, Strategy, Tactics, Team, Winning

Travis Jacobs

Written by Travis Jacobs

Travis is the president of JA Simulations, a product design & development firm in Denver Colorado. We help clients solve problems & get to market faster with innovative & high quality products

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