Training

Miracles made possible by simulations

Today is the 10 year anniversary of the US Airways Flight 1549 having to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River only a few moments after takeoff. There were no casualties. How did Captain Sullenberger prepare for such a feat when it had never been done before? Simulations, deliberate…

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The Spacing Effect in Training and Learning

One of the most researched, and validated, concepts in training and learning is the Spacing Effect. In short, you learn and retain more when you try to master a subject over time with deliberate practice and periodic reinforcement versus “cramming”. This seems like common sense for some people, but take…

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Being a Blue Angel requires visualization. Every time.

Since 1946, the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels has been the premier military flight demonstration squadron. They resist being called an aerobatic team because they are not out there doing tricks. They showcase maneuvers and capability that every fighter pilot is capable of demonstrating. I have attended at least 100 of…

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Train in realistic, dynamic simulations to prepare for the big game

When Alex Morgan was at the University of California, she had a college coach that prepared her to reach the level of performance that gets you selected to one of the greatest teams in the world. Coach Neil McGuire’s approach was simple: you practice your fundamentals and routines in game…

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It Takes a Team to Tango (Part 3 of 3)

Learning to tango takes at least two people. It takes great instructors and proper instructional design (NO POWERPOINT DECKS). It takes learning the fundamentals, doing drills and engaging in deliberate practice. However, it also takes dancing. This may seem pretty obvious, but how many times have you been through training where…

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It Takes a Team to Tango (Part 2 of 3)

If you are going to learn how to tango, you might as well go to the place of its birth to do so. As mentioned in the first part of this series, we decided to spend our first evening in Buenos Aires with two private dance instructors until the wee hours…

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