Take this lesson to learn how to get the best results with the least effort
Overview of the Process Approach
How does one get the best results with the minimum effort and the most fun? My answer:
- Find people who love what they and who are very good at it
- Figure out how they do things and then practice doing what they do
- Organize your practice over time and get feedback along the way
The reason the process approach works is that great professionals have found simple and effective ways to get results. They have discovered the tricks of the trade!
Example: To paint my house, I would do background research to find out how professionals go about painting a house. Then, I would figure out how I could paint a house using the same methods as the professionals.
Example. To learn to swim (or to improve my swimming), I do background research to figure out how the best swimmers train and swim. This research is straightforward because many coaches publish books, develop blogs, and make videos in which they share their knowledge. When I am swimming, I continually practice the best fundamentals. The idea is that if I do my stroke with proper fundamentals, I will, through time and practice, gain a fast and efficient stroke. Of course, it takes 100’s or 1000’s of hours in the pool to become an elite swimmer.
The process approach can be applied to most subjects and areas of performance.
- Statistics. Find out what the best professional do and how they think. Then do the same things.
- Public Speaking. Find people who are insanely good at public speaking. Figure out how they pull this off. Then do the same things.
- Research. Find the best researchers in the world. Find out how they think and get things done. Then do the same things.
The process approach can be applied to manufacturing and other activities. Example, friends of mine in the homebuilding business use the process approach to improve quality while reducing the cost and time for construction. This allowed them to provide a better product at a lower cost for their customers.
Everyone has methods to get results. Methods can range from lousy to extraordinary. The process approach involves purposeful awareness of methods, alignment of methods with the fundamentals of great performers, and continuous improvement of one’s methods. Assumptions of the process approach:
- Great professionals (those who excel at something) have figured out how to get great results with minimal efforts. Example. People who ski very well are skiing in relaxed and easy way.
- What great professional believe and what they do is different from most everyone else. Example. Woz and Jobs were great because they thought and behaved differently from most other people. Example. Great skiers excel because they ski differently than 90% of other skiers.
- I (or anyone else) can figure out what great professionals believe, how they think, and how they do things
- I (or anyone else) am better off using the fundamental (i.e. methods) used by great performers
- I (or anyone else) can continually improve my performance; there are no upper bounds on human performance
Benefits of the Process Approach
- Always have a path for learning
- Becoming increasing knowledgeable of key fundamentals
- Build in solid fundamentals
- You can become insanely good at something if you put in the time to practice fundamentals and have good coaching
How to do the Process Approach
- Find out what the best professional do, what they know, and what they believe
- Then, practice doing the same things.
- Narrow down and focus on one or two fundamentals at a time. Strive to do fundamentals perfectly (do them very slow) Do many repetitions of the fundamentals
- Get feedback on your methods (fundamentals) on an ongoing basis
- Be patient; nobody becomes a great (skier, statistician, research, designer, ….) overnight
- In your own words, summarize the process approach.
- What would you love to be insanely good at? List as many ideas as possible.
- Select one topic from question #2. Then, explain how you would apply the process approach to start moving towards excellence.
- What are the three most important ideas that you learned about the process approach?
Learner will be able to describe the process approach. Why it is beneficial and how to apply this idea.