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 simulations. Situational planning for real life scenarios transfers over to the game.
Of course, practice and drills are important to reach a level of basic proficiency. After that, it is about application of skills in challenging, unpredictable circumstances to build expertise. Learning a skill beyond basic competency is more than going in a linear fashion. Once competition (that desperately wants to beat you) is introduced, you cannot use your A to B to C formula. The world doesn’t work that way, and the other team doesn’t either.
If your business training consists of looking at some PowerPoint decks of tips and tricks and then no real improvement in results, perhaps it is time to change HOW you are training people. We create programs using deliberate practice and simulations, continuous coaching, and team based collaboration and competition. We didn’t invent it. We learned from the best.
You can, too.
“I think something maybe some players don’t get is realistic situations. They get a bag of balls, go out, just kinda shoot on goal with no goal keeper, no pressure, no realistic situation that mimics a game.” Alex Morgan, star forward for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team