“Management models based on planning and predicting instead of resilient adaptation to changing circumstances are no longer suited to today’s challenges.” – Walter Isaacson in the forward to Team of Teams by General Stanley McChrystal.
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When General Stanley McChrystal started fighting al Qaeda in 2003, information and secrets were the lifeblood of his operations. But as the unconventional battle waged on, he began to think that the culture of keeping important information classified was misguided and actually counterproductive. In a short but powerful talk McChrystal makes the case for actively sharing knowledge.
This is an excellent lesson for any organization. Too often important information is “compartmentalized” at the senior leadership level, when if it was shared with the people who really need to know and who will live with the consequences it would actually become a powerful tool to make your organization more effective.
NOTE: the video is only 6:44 long.
So – what do you think? Should you be more open in sharing knowledge with your team? If you don’t think so – why?