They all have a that became their strength and the value they added to their team. It is their breakthrough skill. What is yours?
In this series, we are examining the power you need to breakthrough to the disruptive innovation that will set you apart and give you an unfair advantage in the workplace and marketplace.
Earlier we examined the Justice League superpowers and today we look at the Avengers. We also examined how to develop your SuperPower . In this post, I’ll detail another process for developing your skills that offers a more detailed approach.
The Avenger’s SuperPowers
They each brought their specific skill.
- Captain America – fighting and leading
- Storm – controls the weather and creates electricity
- Wolverine – keen sense of hearing, smell and sight as well as healing powers
- Giant Girl – able to grow taller and smaller as well as incredible strength.
- Spider Man – reflexes, agility and climbing skills
But I have to ask, “How did they develop those skills?”
SuperPowers are great if you have been born with them. But let’s get real, most of us don’t naturally have skills that make us the best in the universe. Ask any professional athlete and they will tell you they spent thousands of hours honing their skills. in the gym and on the field. Ask any great leader and they will tell you they spent years developing their breakthrough abilities in the classroom and at work. Despite what followers believe, skills must be developed. We are not born with SuperPowers.
The good news is that there is a process to developing what I think of as our SuperPowers to Break Through.
What is the Skill Development Process?
Skill development isn’t just going out and doing the same thing over and over. It is a progressive process designed to take you from where you are to where you really want to be.
The model I use is derived from the Volleyball Canada Development Model that offers 5 stages.
Note: Practice is far more than just doing something over and over. It is practicing perfect every time. That means we work toward perfection on every replication. We watch our form and execution, working every time to make it perfect. Within every point in the process, we are looking to make progress toward perfect.
Caution: There is a fine line between natural talent and developed skill. Where does one start and another leave off? When developing a skill, assume you have a natural ability in that area. Don’t dismiss it until you have given it your best shot.
1. Build the Foundation
This is our first awareness of the skill or that we desire to develop that skill. This is where we learn the foundation that we will build on in the next four states. In this stage, we work to understand the fundamental positions, stances and patterns of the skill. Everyone can learn this stage.
2. Improve and Repeat
The next step is to work on basic movements and repeat them until they become natural, stable and safe. While this is mostly replication, there is some trial and error to find how it works best. If you are interested and persistent enough, you can develop most skills to this level.
3. Combination and Expansion
We develop our skills as we take what we have made natural and combine it with another skills. That process demands that we build the foundation of that combination, improve and repeat until we are competent. You know you are at this level when you can perform the skill to a satisfactory level. You are adequate but not excellent. That takes going to the next level.
Many dismiss their abilities when they could reach this level. It just takes a lot of determination and some good coaching.
4. Fine Tuning
To own the skill, you have to be able to perform it just like it is supposed to be done. That is when you become the model. That takes continual progress, an unrelenting desire to be the best. At this level, your execution is consistently excellent.
To reach this level takes everything it took to reach level 3 but more time, intensity and progress. Additional time and coaching might make the difference if you have the desire at least some natural ability.
5. Disruptive Innovation
Very few reach this stage because this is where those that have done the fine tuning and have become the models add their own touch. They create a special twist, flair or feature that has not been done before. They reach this level when they combine their SuperHero attitude, specialized knowledge and develop their skills to the top-level.
Only a few reach this level because many don’t have the desire or persistence to reach level four, much less the creativity and willing to take a risk to take it to the top-level.
Those elite performers also have one other special trait that we will discuss next week, that have SuperHero goals.
- What skills do you need to breakthrough in your career or business?
- Which breakthrough skill will you begin developing first?
- What will you do today to begin developing that skill?
Become the Disruptive Leader and Break Through
I am Dr. Loren Murfield and I work with aspiring and emerging leaders to breakthrough and become disruptive leaders, doing the impossible by changing the paradigm of their thinking and telling powerful stories. If that is your desire, contact me today. I have a program for every budget.
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