Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - 45

JULIE WINKLE GIULIONI
PERFORMANCE
MATTERS
THE POWER OF PRACTICE
How many times when you were growing
up did you hear, " Practice makes perfect " ?
For me, it was a lot. When I entered the
training industry, I was introduced to an
updated perspective on this sentiment with
Vince Lombardi's quote, " Practice does
not make perfect. Only perfect practice
makes perfect. "
But today, it's Les Brown's take on the
topic that resonates: " Everything we do is
practice for something greater than where
we currently are. Practice only makes
for improvement. "
EVERY MOMENT PRESENTS
AN OPPORTUNITY
TO PRACTICE FOR
" SOMETHING GREATER. "
Much of my learning and development
(L&D) career has focused on the " intake "
dimension of learning - the workshops,
eLearning modules, videos and other
vehicles that dispensed the how-tos
associated with a given skill. Yet, even
in the days when instructor-led options
were the default, no course was complete
without a trio skills practice (i.e., role-play).
While practice has reached new heights
with sophisticated systems, simulations
and virtual or augmented reality in some
environments, many training professionals
struggle to find ways to create meaningful
rehearsal when learning occurs virtually or
via on-demand platforms.
But Les Brown's outlook extends far
beyond formal learning initiatives.
Every moment presents an opportunity
to practice for " something greater "
and work toward improvement. This
perspective offers liberation because
everything we do is just practice. It
also highlights the importance of being
deliberate in that practice.
Imagine what could be possible if we
brought conscious attention to ordinary
occurrences. If we treated our dayto-day
activities as a lab for learning.
If we embraced life's ups and downs
as " practice for something greater. "
Employees could grow in any role
independent of promotions or pathways.
Greater mindfulness and skillfulness
would permeate organizational cultures.
People - and businesses - would thrive.
Learning professionals and functional
leaders can help others leverage the
power of practice into their professional
development. Consider these simple yet
powerful strategies.
INTRODUCE INTENTION
Life is constant practice. The question is:
Are we practicing what serves us well and
will allow us to improve? When the answer
is " no, " the reason is generally a lack of
awareness. So, draw attention to what
and how others are practicing. Help them
recognize patterns and habits that are
helpful and not. Encourage them to set an
intention for what and how they want to
practice in their daily activities and how it
will lead to improvement.
SPOTLIGHT STRENGTHS
According to research conducted by Jack
Zenger and Joe Folkman, it's easier to
take a strength to the next level than it is
to improve a weakness. So, help others
establish success and momentum by
identifying current strengths to amplify
through practice. Giving greater attention
to what one does well can enhance the
skill and find new, different opportunities
to use it as well.
EXPLORE EXPERIENCES
Life moves pretty fast for most of us.
And if you don't pay attention, a lot
of insights and learning can pass you
by. So, facilitate conversations that
help others pause and connect the
dots between their practice and the
outcomes. Debrief experiences in a
way that allows people to recognize
how their efforts might be moving
them in the direction of improvement.
PROMOTE PRACTICE PARTNERS
Sometimes the practice of skills,
behaviors and intentions can become
more effective when supported by
rehearsal. Improvement can be a team
sport, so volunteer - or encourage them
to find peers - to role-play and offer them
meaningful feedback. Let them work
through the kinks in a safe environment
so that their real-time practice might be
even more productive.
Life is constant practice. Recognizing
this and taking full advantage of the
moment-by-moment opportunities to
improve and prepare for " something
greater " is a powerful (and costeffective)
learning strategy that we all
might want to start practicing.
Julie Winkle Giulioni has 25 years of
experience working with organizations
worldwide to improve performance
through learning. Email Julie.
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Elevating Leadership Development
Table of Contents
Preparing Leaders for the 'New Normal'
How Does the Rise of Artificial Intelligence Impact Leadership?
Soundbites for Consideration
Leadership: The Bottleneck or the Breakthrough for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion?
Dip Into Leadership: Identifyiing Emerging Leaders During a Time of Change
Give Your Leadership a Vertical Lift
Creating Conversational Leadership
A Blueprint for Remote Leadership That Works
Leadership Development is About Capacity, Not Just Competencies
How to Create Leadership Fluency: Cultivating Communities of Practice for Seasoned and Aspiring Leaders
Leveraging Data to Increase Leadership and Team Effectiveness in the Flow of Work
The Power of Practice
Brain-based Leadership Development: What Exactly Are You Scaling?
Learner Mindset
Recent Acquisitions Position eLearning Brothers as a One-stop-shop Solution
Company News
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - Intro
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - 1
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - 2
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - CT1
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - CT2
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - Elevating Leadership Development
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - 4
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - 5
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - Table of Contents
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - 7
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - 8
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - Preparing Leaders for the 'New Normal'
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - 10
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - How Does the Rise of Artificial Intelligence Impact Leadership?
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - 12
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - Soundbites for Consideration
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - 14
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - Leadership: The Bottleneck or the Breakthrough for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion?
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - Dip Into Leadership: Identifyiing Emerging Leaders During a Time of Change
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - 18
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - 19
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - Give Your Leadership a Vertical Lift
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - Creating Conversational Leadership
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - A Blueprint for Remote Leadership That Works
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - Leadership Development is About Capacity, Not Just Competencies
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - How to Create Leadership Fluency: Cultivating Communities of Practice for Seasoned and Aspiring Leaders
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - Leveraging Data to Increase Leadership and Team Effectiveness in the Flow of Work
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - Brain-based Leadership Development: What Exactly Are You Scaling?
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - Learner Mindset
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - Recent Acquisitions Position eLearning Brothers as a One-stop-shop Solution
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - Company News
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