David Finkel introduces “deliberate practice” as a powerful strategy to accelerate skill acquisition for business coaching and staff development. This method involves intense, focused practice on discrete micro-skills in a strategic order, coupled with immediate feedback, to significantly shorten the learning curve.
- Deliberate practice is a structured learning method where skills are broken down into micro-skills for focused improvement.
- Five key elements essential for deliberate practice include intensity, purpose, learning blocks, strategy, and feedback.
- The strategy is not only for tangible skills but also soft skills, exemplified by coaching an employee named John to be more direct in his communication.
- The process integrates practice into everyday activities and concludes with brief feedback journaling to reinforce learning.
- Finkel suggests that this method can lead to mastering new skills in a fraction of the time traditionally required, enhancing business coaching effectiveness.