Deliberate practice

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Strategy+business article says this works, but not for long-term things – yes we can, with games built on sound simulations!

The article uses lots of sporting examples to show that the formal technique of deliberate practice can dramatically improve performance, then goes on to explain where it can’t be done or will not work – basically anywhere with long delays or poor feedback, which of course is exactly the problem with strategic management challenges. Fortunately, if we

can’t practice and get feedback in the real world, we can do so with simulations, which offer exactly what the article says is needed – the opportunity for very large numbers of practice decisions to be taken and immediate feedback of the performance outcomes.

The challenge is getting simulations that are good enough facsimiles of the real world for the learning to be reliable … but that is increasingly possible too see Repeatable Models.

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