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It’s HOW You Practice!

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Deliberate practice involves being engaged in a highly structured activity with the specific goal of improving performance over a planned period of time. Deliberate practice is not simply repeating a task as it requires motivation, effort, reflection and feedback to improve performance. We can gain skills rapidly or approach expert-level performance by integrating deliberate practice in our work tasks.

The practice must be planned, aimed at improving performance, designed for our current skill level, and combined with immediate informative feedback and repeated practices

  1. Set a goal for the task.
  2. Break down the task into progressive steps or stages.
  3. Practice by using guidelines and instructions.
  4. Get immediate, precise feedback from an experienced colleague.
  5. Write down the feedback and review.
  6. Repeat the steps with the aim of improving yourself.
  7. Progress to the next stage or step that is slightly above your ability.
  8. Use a different approach to work on a task.

  1. Organisation / management
    • Ensure employees are paired up with experienced workers.
    • Provide adequate opportunities for employees to perform their tasks.

  2. Workplace ‘trainer’
    • Give employee sufficient advance notice to prepare for the tasks.

  3. Workplace ‘learner’
    • Adopt a mindset of wanting to improve on a particular task.
    • Ask for immediate feedback after completing the task.
    • Understand your weaknesses and come up with specific tasks in your practice to address these deficiencies.