Clinical Practice…how do we set ourselves up for success?

Good day JeffCo 11,

During this week’s class we discussed the articles that referenced the 10,000 hours it takes to be a master of ones craft (or not). One thing that came to mind as I was reading the articles was this…what if those 10,000 hours were spent developing the wrong habits? Coming from a baseball background, I kept thinking about a player in the batting cage doing 10,000 swings. Maybe those first 500-1000 swings are just getting used to the weight of the bat and learning some basic mechanics of hitting. These swings may be very cookie cutter and robotic and not have a lot personalized traits to them. As the player starts to develop their own swing (leadership style/calling), they may put in 1000, 2000, 5000 swings in a manner that feels right and comfortable to them only to find out that their swing can’t hit a curve ball (a likely scenario/hardship they will have to mediate has escaped their scrutiny until now). Now how many more swings do they have to make to not only unlearn their previous swing and remove all the bad habits, but to also now develop a new swing that can fix what they were missing previously?

As we start our clinical practice journey I have the following questions:

How can we best design our clinical practice hours to ready us for as many scenarios/situations as possible?

Is there a way we can minimize having to go back and “relearn” or is it an inevitable part of our leadership journey that we have to find our way by making mistakes so that we can learn from those mistakes?

How do we effectively work with our mentors to set up a relationship where it is okay to fail in a low-stakes situation before we have to do it on our own as an administrator?