Leadership is facing an on-going dilemma of uncertainty about the future. In this age of extreme disruption, leaders sometime fall into the trap of “Illusion of Knowledge”.
It is frequently quoted about leading organizations which got disrupted that they were not able to change in-time, though it seems, they were heading towards different aim which did not turn into reality. Or in other words, leaders were having “Illusion of Knowledge” about the future.
Some examples of leaders having illusion of knowledge
“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” – Thomas Watson, president of IBM, 1943
“Television won’t be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.” – Darryl Zanuck, executive at 20th Century Fox, 1946
“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” – Ken Olsen, Founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977
“Apple is already dead.” – Nathan Myhrvold, former Microsoft CTO, 1997
I this era of extreme disruption, leaders need to deep dive to “know about knowledge” and how they can save their companies from get disrupted due to someones “Illusion of Knowledge”
They should always strive to acquire:
- Deeper Understanding of “Theory of Knowledge”
- How to combat Illusion of Knowledge
- Using “Vikas Growth Quadrant” to find mentors
You can also invite Vikas to deliver a Power Talk/Workshop for your Leadership team on “Combating Illusion of Knowledge” based on his upcoming book
About Vikas Jain
Vikas Jain has been extensively working in the area of Continuous Learning @ Work and Theory of Knowledge. He is the founder of “Adhyan” & “The Real Education”. He is a keynote speaker on the topics of Continuous Learning & Knowledge Acqusition, Business Motivation & Artifical – Human Intelligence. He is also an author & leadership facilitator. He is having more than 13+ years of rich experience which also includes his working in top corporations like IBM & McAfee. He is one of the founding board members of “Professional Speakers Association of India”. He did his Master of Computer Application (University of Delhi) and Bachelor of Science (University of Delhi). He has delivered programs for fortune 500 companies like Yamaha, Uber, Oracle, Intel (McAfee) and many more.