As humans, we are most motivated by being able to use our skills in contributing and becoming the best that we can be. This is true in our personal lives as well as in the workplace. In order to be the best that we can be, we must grow and in order to grow, we must be open and active in acquiring new knowledge and new skills.
If we are to become the best that we can be, continuous learning is a must. Yet, with our busy schedules, how do we find the time to focus on our learning? Where is the balance? The key is that learning should be ‘continuous’ and continuous learning is easier than you think!
The 70:20:10 Model for Learning and Development, originated with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) nearly 20 years ago, proposes that learning and development happens like this:
- 70% from day-to-day “on the job” development
- 20% from relationship and discussion based on learning
- 10% from formal knowledge or skills transfer
What this means is that, although formal learning is important and has its place, the majority of what we learn is within the workplace. Recognizing the opportunities for continuous learning within the workplace and then capitalizing on those opportunities is what it’s all about.
As Solarity Group consultants and trainers, we have the awesome privilege of experiencing all three of these facets of learning and development as well as helping others do the same.
We team up with a Client early on to develop a working relationship that will make the best use of everyone’s skills. Sometimes an environment is established whereby individuals from a Client’s organization work side-by-side with us to manage projects, continuously learning best practices day-to-day (70%). Relationships are built and continue to grow even after a project completes (20%).
Continuous learning is the key and is easier than you might think!
How are you doing with becoming the best that you can be?