Back in September of this year I wrote a short post on why knowing the difference between a skill and volition was important. Followed with a simple question any executive or self-directed individual could ask as to explain what skills, or training, may or may not be needed. (You can view the original post here.)
My paraphrase of the question was:
“If the person having difficulties life was in immediate mortal danger, could they do the task?”
This idea comes from the book: Analyzing Performance Problems, Or, “You Really Oughta Wanna” Robert F. Mager and Peter Pipe (1970 Fearon Publishers)
The question itself is great and like many great questions or answers, they seem to just hang in the ether. (There’s really nothing new under the sun, just differing ways of describing it.) However, today I suddenly remembered where or from whom this idea or distinction came from.
My memory was jarred today when reading another publication and I felt this idea was far too groundbreaking in the use of a simple distinction as to not give credit where credit was due.
Unlike others, I personally try as to state the originator where appropriate. (Far too many try to take credit for others insights by deceit.) It’s one thing to not remember where you heard or read something. It’s quite another to willfully imply, “Hey, I’m a genius, just look at my insights!” When you know they’re not from your own original thoughts.
© 2013 Mark St.Cyr