Practice? Yes, practice.
It’s accepted wisdom that we learn best by doing. Aristotle proclaimed it. The experiential learning research supports it. Yet most of our professional development activities ignore it.
How else do you get better at the work? You can’t just think it. You have to do it—often over and over—before it can be considered a skill. That’s practice.
Practicing at work makes us uneasy because it feels like a violation of professional responsibility. The true violation, of course, comes in not practicing.
The good news is that most of us already practice implicitly because practice is imperative in a work world where we’re regularly solving new problems for the first time.
The opportunity is to practice deliberately.
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Through an evidence-based approach, you’ll learn how to practice, what to practice, why to practice, and how to make practice a habit.
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How do you get better at the work you do?
It’s a critical question in a dynamic work environment where our professional skills must increasingly expand in response to the challenges we’re expected to solve.
All professional development activities are important. Yet we miss perhaps the most important opportunity we participate in every hour of our work days: the work itself!
It is the work that provides the opportunity to put learning into practice.
Practice—inclusive of two definitions, the first: professional pursuit, the second: acquiring or improving a skill—is the only path to mastery. It is mastery, the ability to solve new problems in a dynamic environment, that provides a stage for personal achievement, professional relevance, and industry impact.
Healthcare administrators can practice like artists, athletes, actors, and musicians. Most of us don’t because we’ve never been presented with the idea that practicing at work is even possible.
Not only is it possible, it has become a professional obligation.
You may fear judgement if your boss, colleagues, or employees discover you practicing through the work. That’s because we’ve been conditioned to believe that practicing means going through the motions mindlessly. That isn’t practice.
Practice is purposeful, focused, and systematic. It requires preparation and self-reflection. A healthcare administrator who practices is the ultimate expression of professional awareness in that every work task provides an opportunity to improve.
The good news is that most of us already practice implicitly because practice is imperative in a work environment where we’re regularly solving new problems for the first time.
The opportunity is to practice deliberately. Discover a well-researched, evidence-based, proven approach to practicing the work while you do the work. You’ll learn how to practice, what to practice, why to practice, and how to make a practice a habit.
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