3 Models for Skills Acquisition

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Models for Skills Acquisition

Before we talk about how teams mature, let’s first discuss how individuals grow. After all, a team in composed of individuals and to understand how to get a team to a certain level we need to understand how individuals learn and grow. We’ll look at 3 models:

  1. Shu-Ha-Ri: an adaptation of the Japanese martial art concept which describes the stages of learning to mastery.
  2. Dreyfus Skills Acquisition Model: A model developed by Stuart and Hubert Dreyfus that show how learners acquire skills through formal instruction and practicing. 
  3. Situational Leadership: A model created by Paul Hersey and Ken Blanchard that highlights that most successful leaders are those who adapt their leadership style to the performance readiness (ability and willingness) of the individual or group they are attempting to lead or influence.

First up, Shu-Ha-Ri.

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