“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” - Aristotle
It’s time to be brutally honest with yourself; How good are you in applying new concepts? Regardless as to whether you’ve rated yourself high or low, read further because it seems we’re not very good at all.
Apparently, only 12% of workers apply new skills they learn from training to their job (Source: 24X7 Learning). I was so shocked when I discovered the uptake was so low that I expanded the delivery of my training programs to include implementation and accountability components. By doing this I found the percentage take up was significantly higher. However, it’s something I will never be satisfied with until it reaches 100%.
I think similar logic can be used with how challenging workers find it in trying to apply new concepts. The pretence for this is the basic “chicken and egg” scenario; It typically takes longer to implement new techniques and build unconscious habits, but people don’t have the time to do so. As such, they find it easier to revert back to the old way they were doing it.
I find those who demonstrate the ability to implement and take action is a major difference with high achievers. I’ll go as far to say that implementing concepts is what their true strength is. As American Entrepreneur Eben Pagan said: “The difference between people who are rich and people who aren’t comes down to one thing: Speed of implementation.”
This blog isn’t intended to get you to question the value of your training because learning is fundamental to improving. However, consider whether there is sufficient time, coaching and mentoring allowed for to apply new concepts in the day to day work environment.
There’s a big difference between learning and implementing. Don’t fall for the trap of resisting or deferring change because success might end up being close yet so far away….
As always, I’d love to know your thoughts on this.