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Experience in Two Perspectives

Paula Dicu

Experience in Two Perspectives by Paula Dicu on September 8th, 2017

Teaching by experience : Aaron Wade

Have you ever heard the expression “pushed into the deep end of the pool”? It means giving someone a job that you know is above their head – forcing them to learn by doing (sink or swim if you want to stick with the pool metaphor). This could be a great way to bring out hidden talents in staff but it can also be risky if not done right.  Here are some tips on how to ensure that using this method does not negatively affect your business.

Give a ton of time – just because a task is simple for you to complete does not mean it will be easy for other staff members who are taking it on for the first time. Give them enough time to figure out what the best way is to tackle the task, while also ensuring that you can look it over before the due date.

Give a lot of feedback – the only way staff members can improve on the work they do is through constructive feedback.

Be prepared to answer questions – they may feel a little overwhelmed when you first assign the task, let them know that you are still there to answer any questions they may have.

We all start somewhere and your staff’s first attempt might not hit the mark. As their manager, you need to be prepared to step in and provide feedback. Work together to meet the mark but let them lead. Your team members are there to make your life easier and you need to know that you are their teacher and support, and at the end of the day their results are your results.

Learning by experience : Paula Dicu

Experience outranks everything.

Much of what we know is a direct result of our experiences.  There are certain life experiences that shape us whether that’s travel, hobbies and then there is our career. In a job, experience is your best friend.  We learn from it and it’s what turns us into professionals.

You can really only learn so much from being a bystander. Think about writing your first press release, your first email pitch or phone pitch. You’ve heard people do it, you’ve heard people talk about it but you had no idea what it actually meant until you started talking to that person on the phone or actually opened up a blank word document and started to write that first press release.

Sometimes you have to try something and fail a couple of times before anything really happens.  At the end of the day, this does not mean that you failed. Failure is a constructive tool and it will lead to a stronger you if you embrace it.  Just remember: it’s okay to ask questions along the way!

I’ll leave you with a list of inventions that all started off as a mistake: https://www.csmonitor.com/Technology/2012/1005/The-20-most-fascinating-accidental-inventions/Potato-chips . It’s okay to fail, because that’s how you learn and who knows? Maybe you’ll accidentally invent the next big thing.

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