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Book Notes from 'Extreme Ownership' By Jocko Willink & Leif Babin

Simple

  • I appreciate your motivation to get out there and get after it - but perhaps we should for these first few patrols - we need to simplify this a bit
  • Simplify ? - its just a patrol, how complex can it get?
  • There are some risks that can compound when working in an environment like this.
  • Lets just keep this simple to start and we can expand as we get more experience.
  • Just as he had been taught: simple, clear, concise information -
  • Principle
    • Combat just like anything in life has inherent layers of complexities
    • Simplifying as much as possible is crucial to success.
    • When plans and orders are too complicated, people may not understand them
    • When things go wrong, complexity compounds those issues that can spiral out of control into total disaster.
    • Plans and orders must be communicated in a manner that is simple, clear and concise.
    • As a leader - it doesn’t matter how well you feel you have presented the information or communicated an order, plan, tactic or strategy - if your team doesn’t get it, you have not kept things simple and you have failed.
    • Ask questions to clarify when they do not understand the mission or key task to be performed.
    • Leaders must encourage this communication and take the time to explain so that every member of the team understands.
    • It is critical to keep plans and communication simple.
  • Application to Business
    • People weren't sure what they should be focused on .
    • It was essential to keep things simple so that everyone on the team understood.
    • That is an extremely complex plan - too complex. I think that you need to simplify it
    • It doesn’t matter if I understand it - what matters is that they understand it.
    • They need to understand it to a point that they don’t need to be thinking about it to understand it.
    • Your plan is too complex that there is no way that they can mindfully move in the direction that would increase their bonus.
    • If there is not a strong enough correlation between the behavior and the reward or the punishment, then the behavior will never be modified.
    • Need to see the connection between action and consequence in order to learn or react appropriately.
    • People take the path of least resistance.
    • Your plan violates one of the most important principles we adhered to in combat - simplicity.
    • Our standard operating procedures were always kept as simple as possible, our communication plans were simple and as direct as possible.
    • With all this simplicity embedded in the way we worked, our troops clearly understood what they were doing and how that tied to the mission.
    • That core understanding allowed us to adapt quickly without stumbling over ourselves.
Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 9:51 AM Agile , TeamBuilding | Back to top


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