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Wednesday, 15 February 2012 10:59

PEER Performance Model

Written by  Bill Hensley
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We are continually overwhelmed by all of the positive feedback we continually receive on the PEER Performance Model of learning that appears in one of our books titled The Pilot---Learning Leadership.  It is a model of learning that allows anyone to use the very techniques that supersonic jet pilots use to achieve success on every flight. It has been proven through the years that these exact techniques can  be used by non-pilots in their business and personal life.  I'd like to take a moment to write an overview of the model. Note that some terms are intentionally capitalized. Capitalized terms are addressed in detail in our writings and in our presentations.


The model begins with step one which is Prepare. Techniques pilots use include Total Immersion (which consists of Chair Flying and ATP--Available Time Potential).  In a pilot's world, the phrase "over-preparation" does not exist, nor should it for you. Preparation is followed by a type of Practice that we call Smart Practice, which enables you to perform tasks to the point that they become second nature. The goal is to maintain Situational Awareness and to avoid Task Saturation. A technique you can  use to avoid Task Saturation is Equitable Time Allocation (ETA). It prevents you from focusing on any one thing for too long a period of time, by showing you how to focus just long enough to obtain the informaiton you need and then move on.  



The third step in the model is Perform, whereby you demonstrate your level of mastery. The key to performing with confidence is Feedback. We teach something called a RED Check that allows you to derive benefit from even the most negative feedback. The specific steps in the RED Check provide you with techniques that help you to remove the emotional element of your response to negative feedback, and to find the value in what you are responding to.



The fourth step has to do with Evaluation. In order to be effective,  evaluations must have three key elements. They must be all-encompassing; have a definite structure; and have high stakes. What follows is the Enhance step, which is the application of what you learn through the evaluation to improve future performance.



Finally, the last step is simply to Repeat the process. If you follow these six steps of the PEER Performance Model, it is highly likely that your future performance in any endeavor will be significantly improved.

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Bill Hensley

Bill is the co-founder of Pilot Leadership, an organization that addresses all aspects of both personal and business leadership. He flew supersonic jets in the military and  commercial airliners in the civilian world. After leaving the cockpit, he bacame an author, speaker, and entrepreneur. He is the author of The Pilot--Learning Leadership, and Success Simplified (with Dr. Stephen Covey).

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