Collaboration for fast learning in the face of uncertainty (Steve Barnett, 2013) – "The idea of a fully collaborative effort seems unattractive to the public yet that's what's making this AC so spectacular. Collaboration for fast learning in the face of uncertainty."
Steve Barnett commented on leaning and the Americas Cup (Spithill and Barker). Something we can learn from in business and innovation.
Steve wrote: “Good on him! I agree, Spithill is a very amiable genuine guy. So is Barker in, in a more reserved way. What interests me is the public desire to find a hero. The media pander to that. The driver becomes the hero. Yet Spithill didn’t start winning till he got Ainslie on board and their engineers tweaked the foils. Dalton keeps a low profile yet he’s one of the many heroes along with Davies and all those stoic grinders. The idea of a fully collaborative effort seems unattractive to the public yet that’s what’s making this AC so spectacular. Collaboration for fast learning in the face of uncertainty. The concept of a fully collaborative effort is beyond the public’s imagination; beyond contemporary experience. ”
My comment is that there a fundamental to this learning. Risk. You are taking risks and their could be a down side. You have to be able to take the learning but also wear the down-side. We are always in learning ‘mode’ with this cup.