While a fan of the concept of the 10,000 hour Rule, I recently revisited the biographies of President George Bush and Ted Williams. In World War II, with no previous experience they were trained to be combat pilots in TEN MONTHS. About 1600 hours. Not to sink a jump shot in a game, but to go to war and risk their very lives.
On the home front, women by the thousands were called up to immediately learn to run machine tools, welders and, yes, set rivets. The recruiting messages were especially misogynist:
"If you can run an electric mixer, you can run a drill press."
(FYI - The iconic Rosie the Riveter poster was created by Pittsburgh artist, J. Howard Miller, and first appeared at the local Westinghouse plant. Pittsburgh IS the center of the universe.)
This was wartime, a time of crisis. There was no time to waste. Robust processes were put in place, training was formalized and condensed, new technologies were developed such as the Link Flight Simulator.
Today, can we use the same initiatives to fill the Skills Gap? (Still hate the term). Get the parts made today, then back fill with continuing education to get those who want to reach their own 10,000 hours of expertise.
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