When I first learned about the "Conscious Competence Ladder” of becoming an expert, I loved it.
I immediately added it to my leadership and communication tool box. Whether I was learning something myself or facilitating a training on leadership development, I would often point to this model as an effective and powerful awareness tool.
Sometimes also referred to as the "Conscious Competence Matrix” or the "Four Stages of Learning," this model helps us better understand the struggling landscape we must travel when learning something new.
Of course, I was not alone. Since it was developed in the 1970s, the Conscious Competence Ladder has become a widely used and loved tool. From classrooms to boardrooms to best-selling books on communication (i.e. Malcolm Gladwell's Blink), this model seems to show up everywhere.
Unfortunately, it's incomplete and actually not a good model. Let me show you how to transform the model into something better.