Retired Purdue University Management Teachers
Peer Advisory Couple Coaches Since 1975
A. Why we Learn, Teach and Coach
Learning, teaching, coaching
is more fun than our other alternatives.
Until we identify, understand, and use
a better way for deciding and doing,
we’ll offer to teach you our problem-solving processes
as you also learn to use our more formal management information system.
Then, we’ll help you learn to teach others.
Management skills are learned, or not learned.
Some of you are better at doing everything than we are,
and we enjoy studying your performances.
A few persons are better than others at almost everything,
But these persons can’t do everything.
They specialize and do their comparative advantage.
Each of us has a comparative advantage for doing something.
The total value of goods and services is maximized
when each of us does our comparative advantage.
That’s why we say,
“Do what you do best
And trade for the rest.”
Because of our interest, training, and experience,
We have a comparative advantage
for teaching management skills.
B. What We Learn, Teach, Coach
Management is the problem-solving process
Of deciding what to do
And doing it,
As we use what we now have
To get what we now want most.
As manager of our resources,
We retain and use them
Until we think
We’ll be better off
By trading one of them.
Then, we decide and trade.
Written or unwritten,
We all have plans for using our resources.
We make a decision
Whenever a surprise occurs,
Whenever observed performance
Is different from expected.
No one wants to waste resources.
With about the same resources
Some persons realize more rewards.
We call them better managers.
Management skills are learned.
Perhaps you can learn,
Then, teach others.
Perhaps we can coach you.
C. Understand, Predict, Act
This is how we manage our mind/muscle, relationships & material resource inventory.
Here’s the outline of the problem-solving process
We learn, teach and coach.
Identify the symptoms and cause/reason
For each problem/opportunity.
Test alternative solutions/plans
And predict their likely consequences.
Decide and Act.
Then, monitor performance for the next surprise.
(When expected performance and actual performance
are the same, there is no surprise, and, no decision to make.)
Start Where You Are.
Everyone starts every day
Where you now are
With what you now have
And what you now want most.
Our job is to help you
Identify where you now are
What you now have
And what you now want most.
Then, we help you learn our problem-solving process.
As you use our more formal management information system… Perhaps with another couple you don’t compete for land with, but do respect professionally and like personally.
D. Assignments We Use With You
For all family members, & others on mgmy team.
Write assignments one thru seven of B/H’s standard questions.
Do this alone. Discuss it with no one.
Give your answers to Barbara/Howard. Thanks.
Later, they’ll visit with you privately.
First Assignment…(Click Here for full article…).