Used to be, we believed talent was god-given. Mozart, Einstein, Wayne Gretzky and other brilliant talents were born, not made.
Turns out we were wrong. Talent is acquired by practicing in a certain way. The latest psycho-neural research teaches us that we learn through:
- Deep practice -- slow, repetitive "stop & fix"
Moreover, we learn best by stopping to fix problems that arise. (Sound familiar?)
2. Ignition -- signals in our environment telling us,
"You can do this! Nothing is impossible!"
Ignition is about connecting with purpose -- then becoming super-charged by a supportive environment
A good sensei is one who has mastered the "coaching kata" through diligent practice and reflection over many years.
Here are some good books:
- The Talent Code, by Dan Coyle
- Drive, by Dan Pink
- Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell
- Toyota Kata, by Mike Rother
Here are a few of the implications:
- We can turbo-charge learning -- there's a recipe to talent
- Hiding problems makes learning impossible
- Culture is indeed, as Lou Gerstner intuited, everything...
- Organizations without senseis will get out-learned -- and ultimately, out-earned.