Deliberate Practice

I’ve already noted that I think Peak is an important book. I like the distinction that Anders Ericsson makes between practice and deliberate practice.

Practice is what I do when I go running. I’m mostly interested in burning calories quickly, so if I’m a sweaty winded mess when I get home, that’s success.

Turning that into deliberate practice would require me to add measurable goals. I’d have to start timing myself and try to get faster. Eventually I’d plateau, so I’d need someone who knows more than me to give me feedback and advice. I’d need to target specific skills and isolate those elements in practice.

I’d have to stop listening to There’s No Such Thing as a Fish and other podcasts while I run and instead focus on my movement. Is every step as efficient as possible? How is my form? What happens if I try this instead?

Deliberate practice is more difficult to design for ill-defined problem solving skills like managing a team, but still should be the inspiration for how we improve.

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