The Islander – November 2020< Back
How much learning do we expect our crew to do once they are in a job? According to research, most of it!
To ensure that real learning takes place and endures, apply the 70 : 20 : 10 rule. With so much emphasis on courses and qualifications, it’s easy to think that crew are getting all the development they need off the yacht. Integrating both formal and informal training, is a more holistic and enduring way to learn and develop new skills and behaviours.
The model was created in the 1980s by three researchers and authors, Morgan McCall, Michael M. Lombardo and Robert A. Eichinger. The model continues to be widely used by many organisations across the globe. The authors believe that hands-on experience (the 70%) is the most important, because it enables individuals to discover and refine their skills, in a ‘live’ context. They can also learn from their mistakes and can often receive immediate feedback on their performance, whether that be from you or self-reflection. Their decision making will improve, many of the decisions we make use mental models developed through real time experience, rather than theory learnt in the classroom.
The 20% comes through a range of activities that include social learning, coaching, mentoring, collaborative learning and learning from others. Encouragement and feedback are important elements of this valuable learning method.
The formula holds that only 10 percent of professional development comes from the traditional formal classroom environment, which may be a surprise to many!
The question is how are you going to implement this 90% of on board learning and development for crew? Perhaps the first question should be – “Am I going to create a learning culture on board?” Once the answer is “yes”, it may not be as onerous as it at first appears.
There are many ways to help create the learning culture on board:-
So as a senior crew member if you are wondering how responsible you are for your junior crew’s learning … It’s a lot! 90%. Make a commitment this winter to try out a couple of extra ways to increase your crew’s learning and development.
Impact Crew will support you to create the right culture for your yacht. We specialise in providing team and leadership development, along with other management consultancy services.