How Human-to-Human Sharing Increases the Stickiness of Learning
A well known and respected philosophy of adult learning theory is that any learning we do is so much more sticky when we involve other people. What we mean is that you’ll remember a lot more and have a higher likelihood of doing things differently (better) when you share with, talk to, ask, coach, be coached, mentor, be mentored ...with another human. It’s the power of social learning.
The theory is known as 70/20/10, which purports that individuals tend to learn 70% of their knowledge from challenging experiences and assignments (on-the-job; real practice), 20% from developmental relationships, and 10% from coursework and training.
We’re not saying that coursework and training isn’t effective. Though it’s seen as contributing just 10% to a leader’s development, well-designed coursework and leadership training programs clarify, support, and boost the other 90% of learning.
The specific numbers don’t matter; it’s the relativity between them. Want to learn something? Sure, take a course or read an article. Want to make it stick twice as much? Share, discuss, debate it with someone. Want to start behaving differently? Take what you read or learned and try it out on the job.
We’ll dive deeper into the 70 another time; today’s discussion about the 20. Did you know that by talking with another person about what you’ve learned (or anything, really), helps you form your perspective on the topic? It also provides different perspectives by asking others to share their own thoughts and experiences.
Not sure where to start? Here are some easy ways to incorporate social learning into your team:
Magic happens when learning incorporates all parts of the 70/20/10 model. We created TallTrees Leadership to provide opportunities to those in the healthcare industry to participate in all three. Specifically, we designed our Team Development offerings, Leadership Lounge, and Leadership Between The Lines to help incorporate social learning into your learning journey.
For the theory behind the theory, here is a great resource: https://www.ccl.org/articles/leading-effectively-articles/70-20-10-rule/