The Best Setup For Organizational Learning


For years, it has been widely asserted that organizational leaders learn best following the 70:20:10 ratio. That is, 70 percent of learning should occur on the job, 20 percent of learning should come from others, and 10 percent should come from formal development programs.

However, for its 2015 Global Leadership Forecast, DDI asked over 13,000 leaders from organizations across the globe how much of their time they really spend learning across the three different categories. They found that much more learning takes place in formal settings and from other people, and that much less learning than previously thought occurs on the job. The ratio that best reflects reality, according to DDI, is 52:27:21. Moreover, when DDI asked the organizational leaders themselves how they would prefer to divide their learning, they said they would rather spend more time in formal learning environments than learning from others or learning on the job.

Thus, while on-the-job learning and learning from others are important, companies are advised to allocate more time to formal learning initiatives. Investing in formal learning allows companies to build curriculums that best fit their organizational goals, and to track the objectives and milestones of their leaders’ learning. Also, formal learning programs create a foundation that enables learners to easily convert their on-the-job experiences into sustained, well-supported behavior change.

This is where TMC and the Cultural Navigator come in. TMC offers numerous formal learning and development programs that can be customized to the needs and goals of any organization. In addition, the Cultural Navigator learning platform hosts a plethora of activities on a number of subjects relevant to adult learning, which can be taken as part of a formal course, or while the employee is on the job. As an online resource that is optimized for different devices, the Cultural Navigator can be accessed from any location, on computers, tablets or smartphones. 

Taking advantage of TMC’s formal learning programs, as well as the wealth of resources accessible on the Cultural Navigator, will help companies integrate methods to meet the learning needs of their personnel. This is a better idea than simply relying on a ratio such as 70:20:10. By integrating approaches and using different platforms, companies can ensure their learning programs have the greatest impact.