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We pay tribute to K. Anders Ericsson in today’s episode.

He is known by many to be “the expert on expertise.” His work, along with his colleagues had a profound impact on a wide array of professional domains such as sports, music, chess, and more recently in the field of psychotherapy. His four decades worth of research also informed the hugely popular book by Malcolm Gladwell, Outlier. (Though the “10,000hr” rule thing got misrepresented by others).

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In this episode, you’d hear

– the impact he had on me personally.

– the foreword that he wrote for our book, Better Results (co-authored with Scott Miller and Mark Hubble, APA, 2020), and

– a short poem I wrote in Oct 23, 2010 that was dedicated to him.

Better Results book was also dedicated to Dr. Ericsson.
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Show Notes:

Peak by Ericsson and Pool

Ericsson, Krampe and Teach-Römer’s seminal article on The Role of Deliberate Practice in the Acquisition of Expert Performance

The Music of Psychotherapy: Learning in a Wicked Environment (a blogpost I wrote  in Aug 2019 about my first encounter with Ericsson in Kansas City)


Scott Miller’s recent interview with Ericsson.

A meta-analysis on deliberate practice by Macnamara et al. 2014

Our reanalysis of the 2014 meta-analysis


Music, Right in Front of Me, by Daryl Chow and produced by DC and Joel Louie.

Check out this episode!

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