Secret to High Performance–Law of Frequency the Plus-one Mastery technique.

PlusOne Mastery Effect

“Give me a dozen healthy infants, well-formed, and my own specified world to bring them up in and I’ll guarantee to take any one at random and train him to become any type of specialist I might select—doctor, lawyer, artist, merchant-chief and, yes, even beggar-man and thief, regardless of his talents, penchants, tendencies, abilities, vocations, and race of his ancestors.” Dr. John Watson  (1930)

 In attempting to change behavior it is important to look at an “old true and tried” principle of learning called the law of frequency. The law of frequency suggests that the more a person practices the correct and desired behavior, the more a person will use and make the desired behavior a personal habit.  This principle was first introduced by Dr. John Watson,, a noted behavioral psychologist,  introduced the term behaviorism and was a vocal advocate in the early part of the 20th century. Watson called for the use of scientific objectivity and experiment in to the study of psychological phenomena. He also proposed a law of frequency that stressed the importance of repetition.

“The more frequent a stimulus and response to occur in association with each other, the stronger that habit will become.”

The key building block in using the law of frequency in training is to create what we call the Plus One Mastery Learning sequence:

  • The technique is to learn a process one step at a time while adding each new step to the preceding learned steps until all steps are mastered.
  • To be successful with this technique each skill is broken to its smallest parts so that the experience of executing and practicing the correct skill or chain of skills is achieved. 

Presentation Training Example—in training people to present an effective speech, break the presentation down into manageable and logical steps; such as:

1. A high energy, catchy and attention grabbing opening–This where the key message and challenge for the participants is discovered and delivered.

2.  The body with three–four key points with relevant examples and applications that make assertion and provide evidence to support the key message

3. An enthusiastic and compelling close.  The audience is challenge by a call for change and action regarding the key message. This is where the payoff for a strong persuasive speech is translated from words to constructive action.

The assessment instruments provided tangible evidence that I am a strong leader with a desire to win.  I possess a strong need to dominate, to be independent and yet have a sensitivity and empathy for others situation.  and my impact on them.  Mix this in with a strong sense of the need for rules (responsibility) even though I question, and challenge them.  I produce results so do not breathe down my neck, trust me to get the job done. When questioning the rules I become an advocate for change who is creative in finding workable solutions.


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