ATLC #13 – More on Peel The Orange!


The operating rooms in a trauma centre would be useless without the trauma teams being skilled in PTO. Any major airport would be a daily disaster area if pilots and air traffic controllers were unskilled in PTO. No football team could survive a season without highly developed PTO skills.

In ordinary, everyday life there are probably few occasions where an individual needs to be a skilled PTOer and that is a good thing. However, where one gets into leadership roles in high performance scenarios, emergency or dangerous situations or where timing is critical, or in highly competitive business and other environments that PTO becomes a strategic tool that can give the skilled user and/or team that coveted survival advantage’.

In the last DFQ you were asked to list three benefits that are likely to come from the PTO leadership skill.


Today, I want to discuss the possible disadvantages of “Peel the Orange”. There are, of course, pluses and minuses to everything and PTO is no exception. Often, the greater the upside in a situation the greater the potential downside.

So what are the risks, dangers and potential disadvantages of PTO?

DFQ #13:
List three possible disadvantages of PTO as follows:

1. For the trainee (you) …
2. For the trainer (Michael)…
3. For the class …

319 thoughts on “ATLC #13 – More on Peel The Orange!

  1. For the trainee – absolves themselves from any responsibility, follows blindly with no moral compass

    For the trainer – loses objectivity, not open to refining existing norm

    For the class – lose confidence, hesitate to follow direction

  2. 1. I might not fully understand the PTO, have the right skills or I might even disagree with it.
    2. You might assume I got it and it will be done according to your standards (which might not have been communicated.)
    3. We might understand the PTO differently based on our experiences and history, or not understand why so many of us have the same PTO or, if they’re different, how they fit together to reach the outcome (we might not even know the outcome.)

  3. 1. For the trainee (you) if trust is not well developed and its not a life and death situation then trainee may risk loosing reasoning and questioning coming from curiosity !
    2. For the trainer (Michael ) if no one questions then trainer will not improve , trainee questioning is part of the feedback needed to improve the course , trainer and also trainee’s cognition
    3. For the class overall will have net value of zero and even future classes will not benefit from joint experience of the trainer and trainees !

  4. 1- The trainee probably loses the balance between thinking and taking actions and hence he makes no progress ; no good decisions.

    2- The trainer probably loses interest in adapting his training techniques in real time .

    3- The others probably lose interest , and misunderstand how it properly works.

  5. 1. For the trainee (you), one of the downsides is that I may see opportunities as well as perils when I do the PTO. There must be a space to innovate.
    2. For the trainer (Michael), one of the downsides is that he does not get critical feedback from the trainee – a feedback which may be useful in the training program.
    3. For the class, one of the downsides is that we may abandon thinking for ourselves.

  6. For the trainee (me) to lose the critical faculty to question what I am doing while I am doing it

    For the trainer (Michael) to become used to unquestioning obedience to his instructions

    For the class to be conditioned to obey the instructions without any reservations

  7. The trainee may do something dangerous or illegal.

    The trainer may not have the student learn anything ( they just do as you say )

    The class may have arguments on which one did it better if a vague measurement outcome is defined

  8. – trainee gets use too the norm and doesn’t challenge.
    – trainer get stuck in a rut and doesn’t review or adapt.
    – the class grabs no value and begins ticking boxes.

  9. 1. The trainee loses the ability to be creative
    2. The trainer becomes complacent
    3. The class loses interest, isn’t learning

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