The 70:20:10 Framework Explained is a holistic framework, a “reference model”, and not a recipe. “A reference model is an abstract framework consisting of an interlinking set of clearly defined concepts produced by an expert or body of experts in order to encourage clear communication.” – p.17. Charles Jennings explains the framework in detail so that organizations can use it to improve how people work and learn at work. Each organization will have to add its unique context in order to implement the framework, but this book provides an excellent start. The 70:20:10 forum can provide more contextual feedback.
The book gives clear guidance on dealing with the changing nature of work and organizations, such as:
- Flattening organizations
- Softening structures
- Increasing complexity
- Globalization pressures
- Decrease in the half-life of knowledge
- Rapid changes in business conditions
- Increasingly dynamic market for expertise
- Shifting and diminishing role of managers
The 70:20:10 Framework is based on learning at work, not in a classroom and not in a lab. Charles describes workplace learning as based on four key activities:
- Exposure to new and rich experiences.
- The opportunity to practice.
- Engaging in conversation and exchanges with each other.
- Making time to reflect on new observations, information, experiences, etc.
In today’s workplace, work is learning and learning is the work. This book helps you get there. Not only do I recommend this book, I think most organizations should buy several and keep them around so that everyone can read them. Why? Because experience with the framework, “tells us that reductions of 50% of spend on formal development are not unreasonable to expect.” That’s one good reason, and there are many more.