Slow blog day (month) (year) …

This blog has fallen asleep. This is partly due to my workload, and partly because I am trying to put together a much more focussed training resource based on a blog and podcast.

More soon.


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Churchill by Roy Jenkins

ChurchillChurchill by Roy Jenkins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Churchill is such a fascinating character, and Jenkins is such a good biographer, that this book was always likely to be pretty damn good.

And it is.

The very least among Churchill’s many achievements was being voted Greatest Ever Briton on one of those terrible schedule-filler BBC programmes. This might be terrible television (it ranked Princess Diana ahead of Shakespeare, Darwin and Newton), but it was probably the right result: Churchill very probably is the greatest ever Briton.

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Surviving the return to work

I love holidays, and I love working, but not at the same time.

It’s one or the other.

When I’m nose deep in work, I hate enforced breaks and festivals because I just want to get on with it. I have become almost Scrooge-like at Christmas because it gets so much in the way … but when I’m on holiday, I just want to sit on the beach, swim in the sea, then go for good food and wine (I get changed first). I don’t want to work.

That’s the thing. I love both, but can only love one at a time.

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The 70-20-10 model: the good, the bad and the misunderstandings

When you ask people how they want to address a learning need, they usually say they want a training course.

When you ask people how they learnt the majority of the stuff they do each day, they usually say they learnt it from experience.

If you dig a little deeper and ask when in their career did they learn the most and make the biggest strides in improving their performance, most will talk about a fantastic boss or mentor who challenged and supported them, helping them leap forward to a whole new level.

When we demand learning opportunities, we think training and education; yet when we look back at our most effective learning, we see exposure to other people, and the fickle mistress of experience, playing the major roles.

The best learning happens in real life with real problems and real people and not in classrooms

Charles Handy (cited by Jay Cross in Informal Learning: The Other 80% on Internet Time blog)

The 70:20:10 model

The 70:20:10 model is a ratio (hence the colons, rather than the more common but incorrect hyphens or slashes). The ratio is the approximate breakdown of how we learnt the stuff we do:

About 70% of what we have learnt came from experience, reflection on that experience, experimentation, failure, adapting, success, reinforcing etc.

About 20% came from exposure to other people such as our boss, mentors, coaches, colleagues, family, friends, experts we might see on YouTube or read about in a book or article.

Only about 10% came from formal education such as training courses, e-learning modules or text books.

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Getting stressed with tax stuff (a long blog post not worth reading)

(This is too long and boring to read, so don’t bother. Some things just need to be written for therapeutic reasons).

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