Training Day (On #Management, #27)

“If you read about learning at work, you may come across “70-20-10.”

70% of learning comes from experience.  20% from other people.  And, 10% from formal training and coursework.  Or so they say.

70-20-10 is likely more an aphorism than a fact of math. That said, its intuitive appeal aligns with academic discussion of deliberate practice as a prerequisite to expertise.  (AKA the 10,000 Hour Rule.)

We expect training to change minds, and behaviors.  That’s a heavy lift.

You probably know from experience that training isn’t a silver bullet.

Every MBA is not a good people manager.  QED.


Thus begins Issue #27 of my newsletter, which also includes the rebooted/re-edited audio of my conversation with diversity and inclusion expert Juliette Austin, of FrankEvans Consulting, and the rest of this article.

To read on about what you can do, personally, to level up the impact of training efforts, and my thoughts on a one day training we’re hearing about in the media, either check your inbox, or subscribe.

As noted late last year, I’m largely redirecting my blogging energy to my newsletter, Anne Libby On #Management.  Which I’m also evolving.  For one thing, I’ve soft-launched a supporting membership.  This month, paying members will receive an extended reading list for Issue #27.

(September, 2018 update:  my (free) newsletter, and supporting membership are both available in my spot over on Substack.)

Photo: Exercise „Ziema” in Ādaži Training Area, 2017, by Kārlis Dambrāns under CC BY 2.0 license via Flickr.

Dead Reckoning

To reckon is count, estimate, or compute.  Or to consider.  In the cascade of media coverage on workplace harassment, “reckoning” has emerged as a word, or maybe the word, to describe this moment.

The word acknowledges that we’re not done yet, though:  we’re in more than a moment.

Dead reckoning is a navigator’s iterative calculation process used to estimate location.  Given information believed to be certain, like starting point, distance traveled, and speed, a navigator can calculate a ship’s dead reckoning position, or fix.

Per the American Practical Navigator, dead reckoning’s “…most important use is in projecting the ship’s position in the immediate future and avoiding hazards to navigation….

(continued in my December, 2017 newsletter)

For the last 2+years, I’ve been experimenting with sending my work out to a more targeted audience.  If you’d like to read my entire take on “reckoning” and the top workplace story of 2017, it will go out on 12/31 in my December, 2017 management newsletter.

Down the road, I may link back to the newsletter for the rest of this article.  I haven’t decided about that.  There’s more on my thinking about this in the newsletter, too.

Thanks very much for reading.

September 2018 update:  I’ve moved my newsletter over to Substack.  You can subscribe here, and at some point I may transfer the newsletter archives over there…)

Photo:  Navigation, by Julien Carnot, on Flickr, under CC BY-SA 2.0 license.