None of this vision would be easy to understand for his men or for the population. MG Petraeus had to create shared understanding if any of this was to succeed.
The Critical Challenge of Creating Shared Understanding Mission command is based on mutual trust and shared understanding (ADRP 6-0). Shared understanding forms the basis for unity of effort. MG Petraeus communicated continually with his subordinate commanders and civilian authorities to gain unity of effort and maintain understanding as situations changed. To reach the desired end-state, everyone had to understand his vision. This continual communication built trust.
Shared Understanding Forms the Basis of Trust Collaboration accomplishes creation of shared understanding. Collaboration is not merely coordination, but rather it involves working together towards a common