Hello SOTGC community,
As an executive coach, I often work with clients to articulate their leadership vision, define specific professional goals, and create a plan to enhance the skills and behaviors needed to achieve those goals. During these conversations, I challenge them to think beyond the conventional action items and take a more blended approach to their development initiatives instead.
The 70:20:10 Model
If you’re anything like me, you have at least one shelf where you put all the binders and workbooks from training sessions gone by. It’s like a pathetic little island of misfit workshop materials that no one ever uses. Truth is, even when we fully enjoy a learning event, we rarely remember or apply the content covered during the program.
So, how can you make learning stick? How can you increase the likelihood that you’ll absorb, internalize, and successfully implement new knowledge and skills beyond the traditional classroom or eLearning setting?
The 70:20:10 model of blended learning emerged from more than 30 years of leadership development studies conducted by the Center for Creative Leadership. The research indicates that:
- 10% of learning comes from formal coursework and training, like college courses, workshops, eLearning modules, and books.
- 20% of learning comes from developmental relationships, like coaching, mentoring, professional organizations, and receiving feedback.
- 70% of learning comes from on-the-job experience, like stretch assignments, taking on a new project, complex problem-solving, and increased responsibility.
Let’s look at an example. Say you want to develop your public speaking skills. Here’s what a 70:20:10 development plan might look like.
|Skill||Experience (70%)||Relationships (20%)||Formal Training (10%)|
|1. Videotape yourself giving a presentation.2. Ask to present the quarterly results to the leadership team.3.Conduct a new hire training session.||1. Join a local Toastmasters group.2. Ask your manager to provide feedback when you speak up in department meetings.||1. Attend a public speaking workshop at the community college.|
I’d love to hear your ideas. How can you apply the 70:20:10 model to your professional development goals? Please share your ideas below.