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  1. Rob Hutton
    March 8, 2019 @ 10:26 am

    Josh: another good entry into the larger scheme of development. One of the things that the literature has suggested about good OJT is that it is not just a one way thing, i.e. Mentor to Mentee… Coach to Player. But the most successful OJT is based on a two way interaction where the learner understands their role in the learning process with respect to asking good questions and pulling the lessons from the coach/instructor/leader. Its est as a two way activity. The learner also needs to learn their responsibilities and opportunities in the interaction. Peter Fadde (a sport coach) and Gary Klein (a decision researcher) put together an interesting paper in this context, about “Deliberate Performance” which in my view supports this two way interaction… especially with respect to developing decision making skills.. and provides roles/responsibilities for both leader and learner.
    The paper emphasizes the importance of (self-)coaching and feedback and particularly structuring learning opportunities and figuring out good “measures” to provide and explore feedback on performance. We can all apply and learn from these four “techniques”:
    Estimation (expected vs. actual): e.g. How long will this presentation/route march take? How long did it take?
    Experimentation (change and test): e.g. If I change X when I do this again, what is the impact?
    Extrapolation (what if?): If that hadn’t worked out, what could have led to a different outcome?
    Explanation (why & how vs. what, who and when): Post hoc personal reflection: what conditions supported the success or failure of the activity? What cues/factors did I notice?


  2. Chaveso Cook
    March 16, 2019 @ 2:06 pm

    Great breakout of teaching and coaching. Too often these terms are subsumed in discussions about mentorship, or general leader development. Seeing them as different means (or ways, depending upon how one looks at it) used during developmental communication is an important and often overlooked distinction.


    • jbowen100
      March 20, 2019 @ 10:14 am

      Thanks for the encouraging words, Chevy! Always appreciate your support.


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