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by Scott Eblin

Recently, while teaching at Georgetown’s leadership coaching program, I was reminded of something that shaped me as a kid and a leader. In a segment where the students share their favorite coaching tools, Graham Segroves, from the Leadership Education and Development department of the CIA, acknowledged a resource that was helping him with his newly adopted physical activity of cycling. Graham’s tool for learning about cycling? The Boy Scout requirements booklet for the Cycling merit badge.

Graham explained that as a kid he had been a Scout and that all of the merit badge booklets have the same format. They start out with teaching you the basics of the subject and require you to demonstrate proficiency around those basics. 

If you think about it, the whole process of starting with learning the basics of any discipline and methodically working your way up to some level of mastery makes sense for undertakings far...(register to read more)

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