ATLC #12 – Peel the Orange!

In the first week we looked at The Pipeline as a leadership concept derived from the military. Now, we’ll look at a second one called Peel the Orange!

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Over the many thousands of years of military history military scientists have developed and evolved what is considered the world’s most advanced techniques for training human beings. Why is this so?

I believe the answer is due to “the bottom line”. In my own career I have been exposed to training in four areas of performance and I would rate them as follows in order of effectiveness:

1. Military
2. Sport/Arts
3. Business
4. Education

I think this is due to the imperatives of the various bottom lines.

In education the bottom line is: to pass the exam. The quality of training I received to this end was erratic. Most of my own educational training was largely boring with occasional exceptions. There was very little inspiration of the “Dead Poet Society” type and even less emphasis placed on PRR (Practise, Repetition & Rehearsal).

In business, I have found much greater emphasis on the inspirational and motivational type of training and the quality, overall, is higher than at school. Perhaps this is due to the business bottom line which is: to survive and make a profit. There is often a big investment in time and money at stake in an environment which is competitive, so the standard of training is higher than at school. I wondered whether to put business ahead of sports and the arts but I did not because business training still is weak in the area of PRR (Practise, Repetition & Rehearsal).

As just noted, sports and arts is next because of the high emphasis on PRR. Here the bottom line is: to win in sport, and: to perform well in front of an audience in the arts. The competition and the audience are strong bottom lines which produce high levels of excellence in training by experienced coaches and the great masters. There is also often a lot of money at stake.

But in the military passing exams, making money, beating the competitor and audience applause play relatively minor roles to the ultimate bottom line: life or death! It’s no surprise therefore that the quality of military training is so high. True, governments have much larger budgets for training than the others mentioned above and this is an advantage.

The most entertaining, shocking, interactive and successful training I ever received by the most competent and well-rehearsed instructors was in the military. The lectures, the drills, the exercises, the operations were always laced with large amounts of PRR and invariable were better-planned and better-executed than anything I have seen before or since.

My passion has always been to liberate these training methods from the military fort or garrison and make them available to business and other careers. The same military training processes that are applied to martial arts can also be applied to career and business arts and so that is what we will be doing in this ATLC training.

PEEL THE ORANGE!
If you take ten people at random and you give them an orange and then you say to them: Peel the orange! guess what you end up with?

Well, if you are lucky you MAY end up with one peeled orange! What you are more likely to get instead is the following:

– Why me?
– Why do I have to peel the orange?
– Why can’t I cut it instead of peeling it?
– What about an apple, I’d rather peel an apple?
– I don’t know how.
– I never peeled an orange before.
– You do it.
– Get someone else to do it.
– I’ll do it later when I have time.
– I don’t have a knife, can you get me a knife?
– How do I peel it? Where do I start?
– Do you want all the orange peeled or only half?
– Shall I peel it this way or that way?
etc etc

An important leadership skill is being able ‘to peel oranges’ on command. Being able to effectively and efficiently carry out an instruction without any fuss or bother is an important leadership skill. It requires discipline, skill, initiative, motivation, self-confidence, risk-taking, achievement, energy and a host of leadership qualities.

In the military, before an NCO or officer is given the right to give orders, they must first undergo a lot of training to make sure they have an advanced level of skill in carrying out orders from others. To give and take is part of the same concept.

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There are, of course, the obvious qualifications. The orders or instructions to be followed must be legal, competent and possible to carry out. In the professional military, very few are not.

Needlesstosay, in ATLC any and all instructions for you to follow will be transparent, legal and possible to do.

You have to decide up front before the pipeline whether or not you feel they will be competent.

Once you enter the pipeline then all you have to do is to ‘peel the oranges’!

 

DFQ #12:
List three benefits below that are likely to come from acquiring this leadership skill called Peel the Orange!

1. A benefit for me (the trainee) is …
2. A benefit for you (the trainer) is …
2. A benefit for the class (the others) is …

341 thoughts on “ATLC #12 – Peel the Orange!

  1. 1. A benefit for me (the trainee) is there is no questions like mentioned above such as “why me?” “You do it”
    2. A benefit for you (the trainer) is this makes the job at hand easier, the trainer also can have more faith that the trainee trusts the trainer and can peel the orange any way the trainer asks.
    2. A benefit for the class (the others) is the old “monkey see, monkey do” concept. If you can see everybody else is learning and benefiting from PTO then you will more than likely jump on board.

    All three together end up being a good “team” who will be able to overcome any scenario or problem.

  2. 1. a benefit for me is to accept and put the instruction into action. Just do it!
    2 a benefit for the trainer is in knowing that future leaders can folloe instructions as well.
    2. a benefit for the class is well, this is a leadership class

  3. 1. A benefit for me (the trainee) is to learn from the vast experience that you have gathered since carrying out this training,
    2. A benefit for you (the trainer) is knowing that we have understood what we need to know to be better thinkers,
    2. A benefit for the class (the others) is having other peoples experiences to maximise their learning to ensure they have understood what is being taught.

  4. 1. a benefit for me is to learn from completing previously successful lessons. If I simply do as i’m told, I will achieve the best education for the topic at hand.
    2. a benefit for the trainer is not having questions posed to change the material, if the material is right then questions only disrupt the training.
    2. a benefit for the class is everyone shares the same experience and comes out with a very similar outlook on what we have achieved, it builds teamwork and respect for others involved.

  5. 1. A benefit for me (the trainee) is, being able to do as told when told. you can’t lead if you can’t follow.
    2. A benefit for you (the trainer) is, being able to see the confidence/trust in you by the task just being done and the trainee showing that they know you will not ask something that is outside what they are capable of.
    3. A benefit for the class (the others) is, others will see the task just getting done and doing the same thing when required.

  6. 1. A benefit for me (the trainee) is …to just do it !(no need for the why)
    2. A benefit for you (the trainer) is …you know I will do it. no question !
    3. A benefit for the class (the others) is …they will see it done with no fuss- I will lead them !

  7. 1. A benefit for me (the trainee) is that the training will be highly effective and will set me up to be a future leaders
    2. A benefit for you (the trainer) is they know the time spent training will be effective and the trainee will have their respect as they know they have go through it themselves
    3. A benefit for the class (the others) is that is it the most effective method training

  8. AS a trainee I would see that the trainer was willing to do this so why should I question it.
    AS a trainer, I would pass on my expectation that there is no right or wrong way, and that I can do it so you can do it too. Give people the confidence to get in and have a go.
    AS others in the class I would learn by example..

  9. 1 – A benefit from the trainee is that they gain skills to help them delegate out tasks without having to watch over the person constantly.
    2 – A benefit for the trainer is a more valuable employee, and can entrust them with management if they’re away.
    3 – Seeing the trust from management and the good examples of others encourage them to get in and do their best.

  10. a benefit for me(the trainee) is being given a direct order to complete ,clear and concise it should be easy to follow
    the benefit for you (the trainer) knowing once the order is given you have full confidence the order will be completed
    a benefit for the class (the others) seeing people act on command and follow instructions to the end of the exercise shows the road to follow for success and teamwork.

  11. 1. A benefit for me (the trainee) is to complete a simple task without needing to ask why, simply as it says just doing it.
    2. A benefit for you (the trainer) is not always having to explain tasks just being able to instruct and me to follow
    2. A benefit for the class (the others) is they may feel encouraged to follow the lead of just completing things simply because

  12. A benefit for me (the trainee) is to be able to get something down without questioning why. Develop trust!
    A benefit for you (the trainer) is that it saves time on explanation & tasks will just get done
    A benefit for the class (the others) is that everyone will become more trusting and efficient

  13. 1. A benefit for me (the trainee) is simplicity & efficiency.
    2. A benefit for you (the trainer) is simplicity & efficiency.
    2. A benefit for the class (the others) is simplicity & efficiency.

  14. Benefit for Me (trainee) is Simple, Easy to follow – Straight forward training.

    Benefit for you (Trainer) is easy to deliver, effective training.

    Benefit for class is, easy to understand and implement training.

  15. A benefit for me is to work hard at improving my leaderships skills

    A benefit for me as a trainer is helping our people with leaderships skills

    A benefit for the class is to trade ideas of leadership from different people.

  16. 1. Before I know it these skills will become instinct
    2. More time can be spent learning and trialling new skills to teach rather then having to follow up on old instructions
    3. Seeing others continue to commit and learn can be motivating to stick to the task

  17. 1. A benefit for me is more confidence and less procrastination to attack tasks
    2. A benefit for you is a ‘lead by example’ habit
    2. A benefit for the class is to create a culture of leadership at all levels

  18. A benefit for me is that I will be come disciplined in my way of passing on any task handed to me.
    A benefit for you is I will be passing on a task that already been done.
    A benefit for the class is we form a bonded team in get the task right.

  19. 1. A benefit for me (the trainee) is learning the skill itself (do it normal)
    2. A benefit for you (the trainer) is a practicable understanding of the key steps required (do it together)
    2. A benefit for the class (the others) is correct transition of skills (have a go)

  20. 1. A benefit for me (the trainee) is things get done.
    2. A benefit for you (the trainer) is I can move onto the next thing.
    2. A benefit for the class (the others) is a consistent approach.

  21. ** A benefit for me , is to grow in confidence ,

    ** A benefit for the trainer is a sense of achievement of teaching and communicating effectively in their role,

    *** A benefit for the class, is seeing that training and repetition give results and that its worthwhile.

  22. 1. A benefit for me (the trainee) is to show and develop discipline and diplomacy skills.
    2. A benefit for you (the trainer) is to further develop instructional skills and abilities.
    2. A benefit for the class (the others) is the profit and progression of the group as a whole as things “get done”.

  23. 1. A benefit for me (the trainee) is getting a properly peeled orange 🍊 on order any time it is called for

    2. A benefit for you (the trainer) is getting to see your trainee properly peel oranges.

    3. A benefit for the class is getting multiple live demonstrations of peeling an orange 🍊

  24. 1. A benefit for me (the trainee) is you are able to be trained efficiently and effectively
    2. A benefit for you (the trainer) is I am able to train efficiently and effectively
    2. A benefit for the class (the others) is our efficiency and effectiveness

  25. 1. A benefit for me (the trainee) is …building trust,respect and relationship with trainer
    2. A benefit for you (the trainer) is …having trust,respect in the relationship with trainee
    2. A benefit for the class (the others) is …having trust and respect in each other as a team

  26. A great lesson I believe! How are you supposed to instruct people when you don’t take or constantly question instruction yourself?

    1. A benefit for me is to understand that listening to instruction is the key to be able to give instruction.
    2. A benefit to the trainer: is to identify who has the potential to be a good leader.
    3. A benefit to staff will be to listen and understand processes to improve efficiency and Profitability so they can be rewarded accordingly.

  27. 1. The trainee will gain skill and confidence, will learn initiative and creativity
    2. The trainer will learn self confidence and may learn a new technique from the trainee
    3. Others will gain trust and knowledge

  28. 1. A benefit for me (the trainee) is … Have direction and know what to do and is expected of me.
    2. A benefit for you (the trainer) is … Frees you up to engage other pursuits knowing they will be done properly and to a high standard level.
    2. A benefit for the class (the others) is … Function as a team working like Bees/Ants with a common goal insight and everyone aware of each other knowing their individual roles.

  29. A benefit for me is I learn process and how to take direction as well as self confidence and creativity.
    A benefit for you is I lean how to give direction without having to do the task my way every time.
    A benefit for the class is to lean teamwork and respect of the others in the team.

  30. A benefit for me – comprehend and process without fuss
    A benefit for you- efficiency in getting to a task
    A benefit for the class – achieve greater results as a team.

  31. 1. A benefit for me is being able to take a direction and run with it.
    2. A benefit for you is being able to do things other ways.
    3. A benefit for the class is to be able to work as I team and open their minds.

  32. learn to follow direction. develop trust

    for the trainer, a benefit would be that they can find a person that can be trusted to carry out the task at hand efficiently.

    a team could see that any task could be carried out without much fuss. can trust each other to carry out there part. develop and trust each others abilities.

  33. I learn how to peel orange…do
    im communicating well…think
    we respect each other to do things for each other…..think,do and learn

  34. The benefit for me – I can acquire a skill as the instructor intended

    The benefit for you – you can test if the instructions drive the correct outcomes for the student

    The benefit for the class – the class can progress as a team, seeing how others interpret the instructions and learning from each other

  35. A benefit for me (the trainee) is that I will get into the habit of seeing tasks out to completion in the most efficient way I can find
    A benefit for you (the trainer) is that you can rely on the task being completed
    A benefit for the class (the others) is that they know if they all do the same any group task is most likely to be performed to competition

  36. 1. A benefit for me (the trainee) is: I will be teachable. I receive a lesson and do my best to complete the lesson as instructed.
    2. A benefit for you (the trainer) is: I will be motivated to give better quality instructions as I know that these will be carried as instructed without fuss or argument.
    3. A benefit for the class (the others) is: Everyone knows what is expected of them there is no confusion.

  37. 1. A benefit for me (the trainee) is that I do not have to think. I can direct all my energies to doing what is ordered and to do it well.

    2. A benefit for you (the trainer) is that I can expect that my instructions are followed to the letter.

    2. A benefit for the class (the others) is that it will build cohesion and solidarity.

  38. # I can be a leader if I am quite willing and able to be a good follower.

    #Based on the feedback will be received from the trainees, the trainer can modify effectively his messages which contain the instructions .

    #From the messages received, the others can create different views on what will be going on. They can learn and look sideways at things.

  39. 1. A benefit for me (the trainee) is that I by following the instruction i am building on my leadership skill , risk taking ability , self-confidence and also trust !
    2. A benefit for you (the trainer) is that I would know what my instruction will instill ( besides the result of peeled orange !)
    2. A benefit for the class (the others) is we learn from each others experience when being led and being a leader.

  40. 1. A benefit for me (the trainee) is clarity, I’d know what to do, what is expected of me.
    2. A benefit for you (the trainer) is knowing that the order will be carried out within the right timeframe and quality.
    2. A benefit for the class (the others) is each of us knows what we need to do in relation to the bigger picture.

  41. A benefit for me (the trainee) is confidence in my ability to carry out the direction

    A benefit for you (the trainer) is affirmation of focus to give direction

    A benefit for the class (the others) is the expectation and result

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