How To Become A World Class Performer In Anything You Set Your Mind To

Identifying Expert Performance

The first step to achieving world class performance is to identify what it looks like. This is easier in some fields that offer clear criteria for success, like chess, many athletic endeavors and classical music, but harder in others, such as management, sales and education, where performance is subject to an enormous number of variables and contexts.

Identifying Areas of Weakness

Another important element of deliberate practice is getting constant feedback on your performance so that you can identify weaknesses and begin to correct them. In some areas, like surgery, feedback is a natural part of the activity, because you immediately know when you make an error. But in most cases, you need someone to observe and coach you.

Design Training To Improve

Creating clear mental representations and identifying weaknesses are both important, but they are useless if you don’t design training that caters specifically to the areas you need most to improve. This is where most training programs often fall short.

How Deliberate Practice Can Improve Your Organization’s Performance

Go through Ericsson’s work and it becomes clear that many of the principles apply not only to individual performance, but organizations as well. We desperately need to improve the way organizations are designed and managed.



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Greg Satell

Greg Satell

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