Even the Masters Started as Beginners
April 22, 2021
Kylie-Ann Kobelt

We all want everything yesterday. Professional and Perfect. Don’t we?

I am writing this article to remind you that it will happen but you will have to start at no#1 The AHA moment (awareness) but…how fast you go up the stairs of learning is entirely up to you!

This Conscious Competence Learning Model explains the stages by which we learn and ultimately acquire a new skill. Starting at Unconscious Incompetence (UI) we pass through (CI and CC) arriving at Unconscious Competence. (UC)

A good example of this can be when you are learning to paint. If you don’t practice regularly the skill then it’s easy to see you could regress from stage 4 to 3, or even from stage 3 to 2. Many people may simply reach stage three and be quite happy to remain there – this is at least the case with my own watercolour expertise.

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1.) Unconscious Incompetence – In this first stage of the matrix, the learning is completely unaware of their incompetence in the skill in question. They may not be aware that this still exists, or that it is relevant to them, or even that they have a weakness in the area which needs to be addressed. In order to begin the learning cycle, the person must develop an awareness of their incompetence in the skill. In a workplace environment, one common way to become aware of the existence of a new skill is via the personal development process. If you don’t have a formal personal development process then ask your employer and colleagues for their opinion on the gaps in your skillset. If you are a Business Owner here you can seek feedback from your coach.

 

2.) Conscious Incompetence – in the second stage of the matrix the person becomes aware of the existence of the skill and the need to learn it because of a weakness or deficiency in this area in a workplace context the person realises that the development of the skill will result in them being better able To perform their job, or increase their responsibilities, or even get promoted. This equally applies to the business owner.

 

3.) Conscious competence with practice the learner can achieve the third stage of the model, conscious competence. This stage is reached when the person is able to perform the skill or task well, but it still requires a lot of thought and concentration on the part of the learner. At this stage the learner has skill but is not yet an automatic skill – practice is needed. Without continued practice, the learner may slip from stage 3 to stage two. With enough practice, the learner can Progress to stage four.

 

4.) Unconscious competence – With enough practice of the skill it becomes second nature and can be performed without really thinking about it. An example of an activity that many adults have practice until they become unconsciously competent is driving a car. If you’re currently a regular driver think back to when you were learning and how everything felt clunky. Even after you could finally drive alone it probably took much longer to develop your anticipatory skills. With enough practice of the skill, it becomes second nature and can be performed without really thinking about it. An example of an activity that many adults have practice until they become unconsciously competent is driving a car. If you’re currently a regular driver think back to when you were learning and how everything felt clunky. Even after you could finally drive alone it probably took much longer to develop your anticipatory skills. Once the learner becomes unconscious competent they may be able to perform the task and do something else at the same time.

Simply the conscious competence learning model helps us to understand the stages we undergo when we learn something new. Understanding the model can assist both our own development, and in the development of those we manage.

My famous saying to my clients, friends and family is “you can do anything, not everything, not at once and not overnight.”

If this new skill is important to you or to your business then you either need to learn it or delegate it.
 
Want to get started on something new but have a hard time taking the first step? I am happy to connect and have a conversation.

 

Kylie-Ann Kobelt

Kylie-Ann Kobelt

Personal Life Coach, Business Coach & Change Mentor

  Hi, I’m Kylie-Ann, it is not the things that happen outside yourself that affect you the most. What goes on inside your head is the most powerful indicator of your success as a person. So, if your thinking becomes clearer and more empowered, so does your life.

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