By Ed Percival, Shirlaws UK Business Coach
There’s a really important Skill that The Master needs to pass on to The Apprentice.
In doing so, The Apprentice’s skill increases and The Master releases time for even more valuable work for the cause.
Rather than The Master continuing to go out alone to perform the Skill [taking up too much valuable time], he takes along The Apprentice, who first watches and makes copious notes of his observations.
On the return to the castle, The Apprentice shares his notes and explains to The Master what he experienced and noticed. The Master fills in the gaps and explains why each part is necessary in the sequence of application of The Skill.
This continues until The Apprentice can describe each part of the pattern contained in the skill to the satisfaction of The Master, and why each piece is important for its success.
The next step is for The Apprentice to be given space during the castle practice times to demonstrate to other Apprentices his understanding of The Skill.
The Master can observe the competence of the Apprentice in practice.
Once the demonstration has been made to the required standard in safety, then The Master can provide The Apprentice the chance to carry out components of The Skill under supervision in battle conditions.
This process is followed, possibly adding in exposure to other Masters of The Skill, until The Apprentice can be considered competent enough to go out alone to practice The Skill in battle alone, or better still by having less able Apprentices accompany the new Craftsman.
This process is likely to accelerate the learning of Apprentices and free The Master for more valuable work.
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