Dan Coughlin from The Coughlin Company attributes the conclusion above to the best-selling books â€œOutliersâ€ by Malcolm Gladwell and â€œTalent is Overratedâ€ by Geoff Colvin as well as the new hit TV comedy series, Modern Family. Dan writes about his personal experiences as a consultant for 12 years and he says: “From these sources as well as my own 12 years of consulting work, I have found that the key to great performance can be summarized in three words: thought-filled practice. That comprises executing a simulation of the actual performance while consciously observing the outcome.” Dan outlines the following “six steps of thought-filled practice:”
â€¢ Select a role for which you have passion and strengths.
â€¢ Identify the five critical aspects of that role.
â€¢ Create simulations of the actual performance that let you focus on improving one or more of the role’s critical aspects.
â€¢ Gain relevant, timely feedback on the simulated performance from a skilled observer .
â€¢ Consider the feedback and make adjustments.
â€¢ Repeat steps three to five for 10,000 hours.â€
Bummer, Iâ€™m about 8,000 hours shy of becoming an expert in my field. Guess I have some work to do.