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Expert Models for Expert Modeling
Phase 1: Eliciting Competence © Martyn Carruthers

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This is not a manual - it's an outline of one of our skill-sets. These articles map or represent some of our modeling skills. A map may be frustrating if you feel lost and you need immediate solutions for pressing problems. Why not email us and we can coach you step by step by telephone or online.

 Expert Modeling . Expert Modeling 2 . Expert Modeling 3 . In-House Training

Are your staff Competent - or merely Qualified ?

Neither motivation nor knowledge ensure competence. Poor performance is more often due to disabling or limiting beliefs, toxic relationships, trauma or low quality mentorship than to lack of motivation or knowledge. (See Identity Loss.)

Effective technicians and engineers know that using hi-tech systems is as much about people as about technology. Although user friendly are key words in sales and marketing, rapid acquisition of competence is an essential challenge for most organizations.

Expert Modeling, in conjunction with systemic coaching and accelerated learning, can accelerate  performance. We provide the essential "know how", instead of more "know about" (which can be hastened with our Accelerated Learning). Our Expert Modeling can provide a rapid and cost-effective performance boost to both individual and organizational productivity.


Expert Modeling Overview: Phase 1

Phase 1 of Expert Modeling creates a knowledge base of behavioral micro-skills that can later be compiled to create a total model of competence. This knowledge-base allows the components of expert strategies to be explored rather than creating hasty solutions that may prevent further learning.

A. Identify experts

  1. Identify experts
  2. Dissolve objections
  3. Interview management
  4. Collect performance reviews
  5. Review performance records
  6. Identify average and expert performers

B. Elicit components of expert skills

  1. Partition each task
  2. Observe high performers
  3. Observe and record all components of expertise

C. Decompose expert skills

  1. Identify behavioral differences
  2. Divide complex skills into manageable pieces
  3. Define the boundaries and scope of each sub-skill

D. Decompose an expert model

  1. Observe and record behaviors
  2. Ask the experts for verbal descriptions
  3. Elicit and record relevant internal dialogue
  4. Observe and record the markers of internal processes
  5. Increase knowledge base with skill refinement techniques

E: Systemic Ecology

  1. Consider the side-effects of an accelerated performance increase
  2. What are the benefits and risks for all members of the system?


Conclusion of Phase 1

Phase 1 of Expert Modeling decomposes expert performance into a knowledge base of behavioral micro-skills. Phase 2 tests, optimize and refines these skill components, and sequences them into testable models of competence. When tests indicate accelerated transfer of competence, phase 3 transfers the strategies of expertise, using accelerated learning and systemic coaching.

In-House Training . Knowledge Management . Expert Modeling: Overview

Expert Modeling: Phase 2 . Expert Modeling: Phase 3


I am indebted to the research of Dr Gregory Bateson, Dr Clare Graves and Dr Wyatt Woodsmall for the information and inspiration that are a basis of our Expert Modeling.

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We provide a complete in-house service in Expert Modeling. We align human innovation with technological innovation to enhance individual competence and organizational productivity!

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We provide professional skills training in Expert Modeling, in 3-day, 5-day and 10-day intensives. Let us know your individual needs and the needs of your organization.

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Have You Suffered Enough?

 Where are you now? Understand your emotions, fixations and enmeshments
What do you hope for? Know your goals and stop sabotaging yourself
Do you feel resourceful? Learn to develop your inner resources
Do emotions block you? Relationship problems and mentor damage
Do your beliefs limit you? Change limiting beliefs and end dependence
Do you feel connected? Resolve identity issues to recover lost resources
Is your partner happy? Build healthy partnership (or separate peacefully)
Are your children healthy? Happy parents better manage family problems
Do you want team success? Team leaders and their teams develop together
Do you have complex goals? Specialty coaching, counseling & therapy

Plagiarism is theft. Copyright © Martyn Carruthers 1996-2018  All rights reserved. Soulwork Systemic Coaching was primarily developed by Martyn Carruthers to help people solve emotional problems and relationship conflicts to achieve their goals. These concepts and strategies are for general knowledge only. Consult a physician about medical conditions and before changing medical treatment. Don't steal intellectual property ... get permission to post, publish or teach Martyn's work - email