Power of practice

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Practicing tasks and skills isn’t commonplace in most workplaces, but it should be, says Doug Lemov, a managing director of Uncommon Schools.

He recommends four steps.

  1. Pick three skills worth improving. Practice the tough stuff—“anything that happens live that you can’t do over again if it doesn’t go the way you want it to.”
  2. Create drills. This helps you isolate a skill and really focus on it.
  3. Do it daily. Incorporate practice into your daily routine.
  4. Hire smart. Someone eager to learn trumps the smug, but slightly more qualified candidate. You want a culture where everyone wants to improve.

— Adapted from “Why everyone should practice at work,” Laura Vanderkam, Fortune.

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