Learn that although there are many ways to practice the skills your are trying to improve, there is a special, deeply-researched and validated way to practice—covered here using four guidelines—that should be part of your plan.
- When a violinist told the famous composer Stravinsky…that a part wasn't just difficult but unplayable,…Stravinsky replied, "I don't want the sound…"of someone playing this passage,…"I want the sound of someone trying to play it."…Working with an executive coach…to truly learn something…is more than knowing it and more than trying it.…It's being able to do it consistently,…even when the pressure is on.…For our purposes, learning is practical.…You need to be able to put it into practice.…And the only way to consistently…put things into practice is to practice.…
It's no coincidence the same word means both things.…There are may ways to practice,…but I want you to be aware of a special,…deeply researched, and validated way to practice…that should be part of your plan.…It comes mainly from researcher K. Anders Ericsson's work…about how people across performance domains…achieve exceptional degrees of mastery.…He calls it deliberate practice,…and we'll summarize it it four guidelines,…though I certainly invite you…to explore it in more detail.…
- Identify the fundamentals to formulating individualized development questions.
- Determine development areas you want to change.
- Examine an executive coach’s insight, actions, and accountability.
- Determine the three ways to challenge yourself when working with an executive coach.
- Recognize the best ways to evaluate progress and setbacks.