Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Leadership Team Notes - Drills Platform Part 1: Line Drills

This section is about coaching. The students have already been "Taught" the material.  With Special thanks to Roland Osborn who generated these thoughts an skills in us back at the dawn of time. The Objectives for this part of the teaching process and for the skill development part of any team are the same:

1) Extreme Adrenaline Rush – they want it and they show it. “We like it, we love it, and we want more of it!)

2) Create Different situations where the team members get to try out their skills to tune them, alter them and make them work in the real world.

3) Repetition, repetition, Repetition. We want them to do the skill from 100 to 200 times. NO Kidding. Burn it in and not bore them.

4) Part 1 Takes a short amount of time – 2 to 3 minutes 

You might notice that each section has a "world outside of karate" note. Why?  Because our leadership team is NOT about teaching, but rather leadership.  We use teaching as the stage to teach leadership skills, but we always wrap their heads around where else they can use these skills.

Part 1 - Line Drills

a) The class is in lines facing the front – uniform, non personal, in fact a bit anonymous –

they can perform without the pressure of individual notice, yet they can step it up and be noticed. This is a safe harbor they can break out of. 

In the world outside of karate, you would break/spread you team around the work area in such a way they could each do their own material, not be in direct competition with anyone, yet still have you there to encourage them and notice them.

b) This part of the Class is Short – if you have 10 minutes, this will consume perhaps 1 to 2 minutes to allow you to gage the skill of the class that day, and know where to start, as well as crank them up.

In the world outside of karate, you allocate enough time to have them perform the task enough times to be challenged on it, (in other words, they are beginning to own the material, but not master it yet) but not anywhere near performance level.

c) You use this time in class to SPOT LIGHT students “PULLING OUT OF THE CLASS THE THING THAT WILL MAKE THEM ALL BETTER.” No lecture here, just notice what you are looking for, FREEZE the class, point out a Black Belt Skill you particularly want to see more of, and move on. Not more than every 10 or 15 seconds you should do this to keep them getting better. (Note: if a particular student is not ready for more, she/he will not even notice what you are saying, so their anonymity is still protected here.)

In the world outside of karate, you do the same thing, pointing out the results that will make the team better and the overall objective more likely to be reached.

d) ALWAYS START THIS PART OF CLASS BY SAYING – “BLACK BELT PRACTICE TIME”, or some other phrase you are comfortable with. Never deviate. This tells them they are in a safe harbor where they get to perform without risking anything. If they want the notice they will crank it up, and you will spot light them!
In the world outside of karate, you would call this part of your training time whatever displays the moral quality that you have selected as the symbol of your group. “Performance Time,” “Quality Time,” or whatever fits your group.


How to teach this Class: When we teach this section, we run a line drill for 2 to 5 minutes,

showing them without telling them how to do it. After we are done, we review these notes, and then we allow each team member to run a 2 to 3 minute section with this method. After each performs, the group talks about what just happened, and the instructor clues them to what was good and what was not. Normally, we tell them what they are teaching, say front kicks front leg, and they each have to teach it, using a different set of drills within line drills. The challenge is greatest for the last few to go.

We repeat this process for 3 weeks, the fourth being stripe test week, where we ask them to bring friends and/or fellow students to their class to try it live.


Further reading: One of my favorite leadership authors is Maxwell. This week we recommend The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You (10th Anniversary Edition) by John C. Maxwell

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