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24 January 2012



This post is refreshing to read now that I know I am not alone in this thinking.

Just 30 minutes ago, I had a peer leader suggest I don't read a book (on my own time) unless I have an immediate need to practice or use the information. My retort of why take Geology or other obtuse classes in college when I didn't use it then or now didn't seem to sway them.

I asked why H.R. requires Masters degrees for most leadership positions if book learning is not valued. (Yes I know Masters are not all book learning). I was told they didn't want to argue with me!

Lastly, my organization has been pushing (and beliveing in) the 70/20/10 model of learning with:

about 70% from on-the-job experiences, tasks, and problem solving.

about 20% from feedback and from working around good or bad examples of the need.

about 10% from courses and reading.

I think on-the-job and learning-while-doing is important, but I think there is too much emphasis on reinforcing what is known in the 70% and 20%.

Reducing reading as the weakest form is a problem because it shuts off new thinking.

Bravo to these companies for encouraging learning!

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