The 70-20-10 model: the good, the bad and the misunderstandings

When you ask people how they want to address a learning need, they usually say they want a training course.

When you ask people how they learnt the majority of the stuff they do each day, they usually say they learnt it from experience.

If you dig a little deeper and ask when in their career did they learn the most and make the biggest strides in improving their performance, most will talk about a fantastic boss or mentor who challenged and supported them, helping them leap forward to a whole new level.

When we demand learning opportunities, we think training and education; yet when we look back at our most effective learning, we see exposure to other people, and the fickle mistress of experience, playing the major roles.

The best learning happens in real life with real problems and real people and not in classrooms

Charles Handy (cited by Jay Cross in Informal Learning: The Other 80% on Internet Time blog)

The 70:20:10 model

The 70:20:10 model is a ratio (hence the colons, rather than the more common but incorrect hyphens or slashes). The ratio is the approximate breakdown of how we learnt the stuff we do:

About 70% of what we have learnt came from experience, reflection on that experience, experimentation, failure, adapting, success, reinforcing etc.

About 20% came from exposure to other people such as our boss, mentors, coaches, colleagues, family, friends, experts we might see on YouTube or read about in a book or article.

Only about 10% came from formal education such as training courses, e-learning modules or text books.

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I couldn’t resist: Ann Coulter talks ignorant nonsense about soccer and the 2014 World Cup

I’ve held off from writing about Ann Coulter’s silly little column on the World Cup.

This is because a response didn’t seem to belong on this blog, which is mainly about work stuff and learning theory, but also because the article appears to be a lighthearted troll on a subject that’s not really very important.

But it kept eating away at me.

It’s ignorant, poorly researched and racist – but then you knew that, it’s by Ann Coulter.

But I couldn’t just leave it.

It nagged and nagged at me … and not because I’m a huge soccer fan (I will use the word soccer to avoid confusion), but because I loathe ignorance and bad arguments.

So, mainly for my own sanity, I decided to reply and post it here.

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Getting stressed with tax stuff (a long blog post not worth reading)

(This is too long and boring to read, so don’t bother. Some things just need to be written for therapeutic reasons).

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My weight loss secret: how I lost a gram in six months

True story:

I had a medical check-up about a year ago.

The doctor peered over my notes, checked the blood test results, the hearing test, the heart rate thingy … my weight … then he said:

You weigh 95 kilos …

Then, consulting a reference table …

Which means that …

… you’re obese!

Being a mature professional, my immediate response was …

Look who’s talking, you’re not so great-looking yourself pal

Really? Obese?

I looked like this:

John Tomlinson

Overweight maybe, but obese?

I am a man over 40 who has spent far too much time doing too little exercise, unless you count eating and drinking as exercise, so I fully accepted that I was over my ideal weight and a touch out of condition.

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Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes by William Bridges

Transitions: Making Sense of Life's ChangesTransitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes by William Bridges

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As a man blindly careering toward a midlife crisis, I was interested to read a book that sought to explain how people transition from one life phase to another.

I was particularly intrigued to learn how to do so in a healthy and reasonably normal way (not that I ever aspire to normality, but as I’m talking about territory that is personally uncharted, I’m happy to hold hands with someone who knows the best way through).

I wasn’t disappointed.

At least not initially.

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