When learning is deliberate, companies prosper. Learning has typically been about reaching a fixed potential rather than developing potential. And yet our potential, according to Anders Ericsson, “is an expandable vessel shaped by what we do.” There are no limits beyond the ones we impose on ourselves. Ericsson, a psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Florida State University, has made a career of studying excellence and mastery and how people – any people – get there. As it turns out, it takes practice. He calls his prescription for pushing beyond what’s ordinary “deliberate practice”, where the goal isn’t to reach just our potential but to build it, making things possible that didn’t seem possible before. Deliberate practice has four basic steps: identify skills to be developed based on specific needs; perform repetitive tasks designed to improve weaknesses; practice outside of your comfort zone; receive immediate and specific feedback and adapt as necessary. It’s a learning paradigm based on decades of research. It’s backed by data. And it’s eminently doable, for everyone. Read more
about why deliberate practice is a key component of a "practice-driven culture."