Sample development activities

When we think about professional development, the first thing that comes to mind is formal learning. According to the 70:20:10 principle, we are only thinking about the tip of the iceberg.

Let’s take the example of an employee who needs to develop public speaking skills.

This is what a typical development plan would look like:

Typical development plan

And now here’s what a 70:20:10 development plan looks like:

70:20:10 development plan

This table explains the key differences:

  • A typical development plan

  • 2 activities
  • Completed over 2 weeks

  • No clear return on investment
  • Learn and forget approach
  • One-way learning process
    (completed by themselves)
  • A 70:20:10 development plan

  • 5 activities
  • Developed over 6 months

  • Demonstrated return on investment
  • Continuous learning approach
  • Multifaceted learning process (involved others within the business)

Dive deeper in our article on Seriously Good Learning & Development.

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