ATLC #05 – More on Leadership Thinking


In addition to Escape + Search = Think leadership thinking can also incorporate 6 principles which we emphasise. I have encouraged trainers and leaders to understand and master the Six CAP Principles.

Now click through and read about these six CAP principles and try to explore in your own mind the value of each of these ideas, then come back and do today’s DFQ.

DFQ #05:

Choose one of the six CAP principles, and say why you think a better understanding of that principle will help you to become a much better leader.

NOTE: After you post your comment today you’ve completed 5 DFQs and the first week of the 4 weeks of the 30-day Pipeline. That’s good. It means you are already establishing new cognitive patterns. Keep it up!

You may have noticed that I sent you 1 lesson a day for 3 days then missed a day. After this lesson, I’ll miss another day and then send you lesson #6 which starts the second week. That means you get 5 DFQs every 7 days.

295 thoughts on “ATLC #05 – More on Leadership Thinking

  1. Unless one was deliberately willing to trade off the necessary time and energy needed to acquire a new skill — that is, logging the hours of practice and repetition — the trainee could never expect to go beyond the knowing stage and reach a level of operating skill. This means focusing on the process and measuring it in hours of practice and key performance indicators (KPIs).

    I think at this stage I( need tomeasure my progress by keeping a log – reflection journal I’m aware of lots of technigues ( cvs to bvs – uncheck to to check etc ) what’s needed is to repeat them and reinforce them .I think that is best done by recording them daily
    and look at the KPI’s in each area .

  2. If Necessity is the mother of invention, then commitment to action is the accelerant of thought leadership. Motive is important in seeking BVS and in the intellectual and physical rigour in solving complex problems. There is no greater motive than the intention to implement a new idea. It clarifies, it ensures that risks are known and understood. Actual implementation is the battleground of thought leaders.

  3. Commitment to action: demonstrating that the training is more than just words or a process implemented by management will not only encourage participants to practice their new skill but want to learn more.

  4. CAP Principle # 1 Learning by Teaching

    If we Know something and have the appropriate Competencies about our job or job field, when trying to transfer these competencies to others, we can discover many contextual obstacles. If we teach accordingly to the 6 CAP Principles, we will find and develop even more skills to ourselves.

  5. 3. Measurement

    Using focused practice and actually tracking the time and results of the practice we can develop our teams to have the skills we want. The challenge is to break the skill into small enough measurable chunks so that the one can focus and measure one’s practice on individual chunks and combinations of chunks.

    I would be a better leader because instead of providing training and expecting my team to “get it”, I would be helping them really learn the skill. I would be moving from a disengaged position to an engaged position.

  6. The monitoring of feedback and measuring results were an important part of CAP. Checking to see if what happened was what the trainee really wanted. This became a continuous part of the process.

  7. Learning by Teaching. I recently started tutoring at University. Through this process, I really honed my knowledge and familiarity with some key ideas for this program I was tutoring. By the end of the semester, I was not only a better tutor, I felt I had also developed a better grasp of the material. In part, that was attributable to engaging with my students and learning with them, through them.

  8. Measurement. Unless you can measure something there is no (sure) way you can unleash your potential and improve your results.

  9. CAP principle Num. ONE

    I´m working in education, I understand the teacher work and the roll as the leader. Personally believed the great teacher is the one who tell the true as Michael propose, in this particular case, the one who know, has the virtuosity on what he or she teach to that same level.

    Leader also must convince by helping to develop skills, that’s what matters, not only knowledge. So I propose a strong combination with principles 1 and 2 as a great leadership tool.

  10. A better understanding of “commitment to action” will help me become a much better leader. Leaders are doers, and committing to action in a useful and daily pattern is sure to improve my leadership potential.

  11. All six together. It is like a simphony played by an orchestra – you have to develop all of the musicians in the band.

  12. Learning by teaching is a core of becoming a virtuoso. The sheer responsibility of inculcating the correct methodology to accomplish a task to a new learner is profound and not to be underestimated. To learn incorrectly is worse than not learning and the teacher must know the subject well enough to teach correctly.

  13. “Learning By Teaching” is the principle that I need most work on .
    I think teaching the skills forces you to achieve virtousity and opens your mind many points of view.
    This principle is also the true test of the skill attained . You have learnt it best if you can explain it and inspire others to attain virtuisty ! so its like inspiring other to be thought leaders and raising the levels of performance , achievement , productivity , profitability etc !

  14. Measurement will be important for my success as a leader. I intend to identify key metrics both in my personal development and in my business that I’ll measure. As I track these over time, I will see how effective I’m being and where I need to improve.

  15. Turning Knowledge Into Skill

    The best leaders lead by example. There is one thing better than practice … and it is daily practice.

    Practicing by implementation of knowledge is not only the only way to develop skill … it’s the only way to get outcomes.

    Outcomes are the BVS … A leader who can actually create a BVS is a leader who leads by example.

    This is what would make me a better leader.

  16. For me it is CAP Principle 2: I think this makes the difference between a great teacher and an average teacher. This principle help a trainer guide his trainee to integrate the knowledge into real life and real time activities (skill). A better understanding and utilization of this principle will help me ensure that training objectives, the transfer of knowledge and skill, are achieved and competence in the trainees is established.

  17. I think #5 and #6 go hand in hand. Getting effective feedback to see if you are close to the target (feedback) and then recognizing when you successfully hit the target (reinforcement) are necessary to move forward in developing any skill.

  18. Effective Follow-up:

    Understanding the effective delivery of feedback and how to measure results (both short and long term) would improve my leadership.

  19. #1 is always important to me. Being able to teach something you must be able to break it down into something that is learnable. Scaffolded learning – step by step. By reviewing the teaching, and “teaching yourself” so that you can teach others is the most important skill to have. IF you get this step wrong – there is nothing for the trainer to commit to or to measure because they don’t understand.
    #5 – the feedback must be relevant to the skill desired. IF the measurement of any result has the wrong feedback system then the skill will likely not be achieved. The wrong feedback system will sabotage the efforts. As a leader I need to be aware of the feedback system – both apparent and personal – that the trainee is measuring against.

  20. All of the principles are equally significant. Understanding the principle of Measurement will help me to become a better thinker. Suppose, you’ve set your mind on something, id est you want something, and it hasn’t happened yet, you should be aware that you’ve not worked enough yet, you are not ready to get it… It takes time, this preliminary stage can’t be avoided… One should not give up doing the task on a regular basis. My experience from the past: On leaving school I tried to enter the university but I failed. I decided to get enrolled to the specialised school for one year (as I was told by my English language tutor “go there in order not to lose the skill of learning”). However, I stood my ground and a year later I became a student of the English Department. It happened ’cause I continued to work. You know, if I had failed then, I would have been ready to make the third attempt. (I knew I had to do a lot of training after finishing a mere village school )

  21. Your question to choose one and say why you think a better understanding of that principle will help you to become a much better leader would be Commitment to Action, I felt like I already had a good grasp of the other 5 CAP principles so a better understanding and practice of this one would make me much more rounded leader overall.

  22. Of the six principles , commitment to action seems to be the crucial step between thinking and doing .The other principles are also highly important but without commitment to action they are not going to be effective . This was exemplified by reading and stating that I WILL ENTER the pipeline.

  23. Its true that by teaching others your learn. I encounter that experience as a teacher. This principle combined with the other five they really fit well. I like them all. Thanks.

  24. Principle 5: Effective follow up
    I think I tend to let others learn for themselves.
    This simple reminder :”is what happened what was really wanted” will cause me to do more “speedback”

  25. While all six cap principles are valuable, to be able to explain and teach a skill seems to be the bread and butter of it all. To be able to explain something means you can explain it to yourself and it important for both the teacher and those being taught.

  26. Would like to start by mentioning that I never received this email, I received number 4, then nothing and now today number 6 which is when I noticed that 5 never came through.

    I think that the principle which can help me become a better leader is learning by teaching. I would not like to be a “leader” who has not experienced the real life situations. If you as a leader can teach others because you already have learnt the skill then that is much more beneficial and important as a leader. From experience somebody cant tell me this is how you do something if they have not learnt the skill themselves.

  27. I think Learning by Teaching is an important one. Being able to teach someone something is an important test of how well you understand something yourself. Also, by teaching someone something important you empower them to become better.

  28. Although I am completely convinced about the importance of Learning by Teaching, having taught for most of my life, and seeing how deeply one’s understand of something develops when one is forced to teach that thing, the one I will choose for this discussion is Knowledge into Skill because strongly integrating this into my consciousness will prevent me from being an “armchair philosopher”, which is, in many ways, the antithesis of a good leader. (Side note: In the medieval text teaching Sanskrit grammar, the Hari-namamtra-vyakarana, written by Srila Jiva Gosvami, at the conclusion is the requirement that the student teach this grammar to 3 persons, as the author was also convinced of the importance of learning by teaching.)

  29. effective followup, I pick things up quickly and when I teach something I forget that they sometimes will not get it straight away.

  30. I understand all of the principles and all are completely valid points. As opposed to understanding, I need to develop. My weakest area is effective follow up. Goals are set, challenges are laid, and yet I don’t always follow the results up. I know what I should be doing to rectify this, the challenge is for me to change the importance I place on this particular principle. As I don’t perceive it be “important” I place the least priority on doing it.

  31. Learning by teaching is a principle I would consider very effective out of the 6 CAP’s. It makes leadership a common journey and a process of mutual growth.

  32. Please permit me to have a different view. At least for some time I would leave out the first CAP principle and focus TOTALLY on the remaining five. I believe principle No.2 to principle No.6 go together – knowledge to skill involves PRR; PRR and KPI need to be logged; whatever is learnt needs to be put to use in real life situation; results need to be noted (feedback) and follow-up action taken; when eventually hoped for results are seen , positive reinforcement needs to kick in. On and on I need to go merrily having as much fun as I can along the way.

  33. I believe the first two as having myself teach others will give me further understanding and then lead into have conviction and owning it. If you don’t commit and repeat something it will never get the desired effect.

  34. CAP principal sounds a lot like the Pareto’s principle. focusing on the 20% of activities that will produce the 80% of the desired results. The most difficult part of the six CAP principal is the knowledge to action part for me. How not to over analyze the situation and move on to the action phase. I want to learn all that I can about a subject which makes the whole process laborious and time consuming. After a while I get tired of it and move on to the next shiny object. I have to learn to take actions more consistently on the knowledge that I have instead of analyzing the opportunity to death.

  35. I think understanding ‘knowledge to skill’ will help to design training materials that actually request a doing task rather than a ‘here read this’ task. This way the student is actually building a cognitive pattern of the skill in a way the instructor sees fit.

  36. I also believe that I could learn the most with principal 4 Commitment to Action. It is easy for people with a formal education to get caught up in “analysis paralysis”. Therefore I want to learn to design “action commitments” whereby I distill the skills I have learned into real life situations

    1. This is an important insight, Jamie. A method I use for action commitment is to ask these tow questions:
      1. “What’s the most important idea I got from this (lecture, TED talk, article, lesson, chapter etc)?
      2. “How can I use this today?”

      As you point out we are information-rich today and sometimes there are so many ideas that it can be confusing. So, starting with just one idea is good because less than one … is nothing!

  37. I think that “learning by teaching”is the most powerful principal.
    By applying this principle in a systematic regular manner, I can exercise the essential elements of the other five principles.
    Each individual step in ”Learning By Teaching ” process seems to be, in some way , completely independent , and the overall process l needs good practical understanding of the other five principles .

  38. 1. Learning By Teaching: I find this principle something that I should work on as I get impatient trying to explain stuff , I assume knowledge and this restricts my learning .
    Also I think principle is important because it will make ( force me!) to acknowledge that different people have different perspective and background .It is important to understand the diverse thinking !

  39. 4. Commitment to Action.

    This is the hardest part.

    I’ve attended and given countless training hours and, while I’ve learned something along the way, and hopefully, some of the people I taught did too, nothing compares with acting on the knowledge given and received.

    One’s ability to transform such knowledge into actions is not always taught nor obvious. It is therefore crucial to finish each lessons with ‘actionable points’ if you’re teaching, or ask that questions if you’re being taught to.

    Understanding and applying that principles daily would make us better leaders.

  40. Principle 4: Committment to action. Being able to effectively distil the information to impart which is usable and to action it in a way which progresses the ultimate aim.

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