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30th Apr

The 3-4-3 Principle


The 3-4-3 Principle


The 3-4-3 Principle states that out of 100 workers, 30 will perform well, 40 around average, and 30 below average.  Let’s say you have 3 teams of 100 workers each, and you take the top members of each team to create a “dream team” of 100 workers.  Theoretically, you should get a great team that performs impeccably.  But the 3-4-3 principle states that you will still end up with the same ratio of top, average, and poor performers regardless.

There are various applications to this principle.  First, it means that you really don’t know how a person will perform until actually put the person in the situation.  Someone could be a great musician, but if it’s not the right band or the right kind of music, the result could be very bad.

It also tells you something about your audience.  If you are going to play for a room of 100 people, the 3-4-3 Principle tells you that 30 will like you, 40 will be undecided, and 30 will not like you.  It’s up to you to decide whom you want to play for.  Is it the 30 who like you, the 40 who are undecided, or the 30 who don’t like you?

By Isaku Kageyama. You can follow him on Twitter at @isakukageyama.

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