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. 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 .

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

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