Robert Kiyosaki was an ex-marine, so he new something about training. I admit it, I do enjoy frameworks and diagrams.
The diagram below, from Robert Kiyosaki’s book, taught me one very important thing, that changed my life:
The best way to learn is by doing. Take action. Do the thing you want to learn.
The “Cone of Learning” Theory
The “cone of learning” is a theory that suggests learners retain information better when they engage in active learning. This theory has gained a lot of attention in recent years, and many educators have found that it can be a useful tool in designing effective teaching strategies. The cone of learning suggests that learners retain only a small percentage of what they hear or read, but they retain much more of what they experience. The theory suggests that learners retain 90% of what they do.
The cone of learning was first introduced by Edgar Dale in 1946. Dale was an American educator and communication theorist, and he introduced the concept of the cone of learning in his book Audio-Visual Methods in Teaching. The theory was later popularized by other educators, and it has become a commonly used tool in designing teaching strategies.
The cone of learning suggests that learners retain information in the following order:
- 10% of what they read,
- 20% of what they hear,
- 30% of what they see,
- 50% of what they see and hear,
- 70% of what they say and write, and
- 90% of what they do.
This theory suggests that learners need to be actively engaged in the learning process to retain information.
8 Lessons in Leadership
One way to apply the cone of learning to leadership development is through a program called 8 Lessons in Leadership. This program takes each lesson in military leadership and correlates it to how to start and lead a business. The program was treated in detail in Robert Kiyosaki’s book: “8 Lessons in Military Leadership for Entrepreneurs.”
The program highlights eight key lessons in leadership:
- Mission and Team,
- the Power of Connectivity,
- Leaders as Teachers,
- Sales and Leadership.
1. Your Mission and Team
To get started on the path to becoming a successful leader, an individual must identify the players they need on their team, sell them into joining the team, and then build the culture for success that the entire team buys into. This is the first lesson in 8 Lessons in Leadership: Mission and Team. The lesson emphasizes the importance of having a clear mission and vision for the organization and then building a team around that mission.
2. Developing Discipline
Discipline is the second lesson in the program, and it emphasizes the importance of setting clear expectations and holding team members accountable.
The third lesson is Respect, which emphasizes the importance of treating team members with respect and creating a culture of mutual respect.
4. Authority in Leadership
The fourth lesson is Authority, which emphasizes the importance of understanding the role of authority in leadership and using it effectively.
5. The Importance of Speed
The fifth lesson is Speed, which emphasizes the importance of being able to make decisions quickly and take action.
6. The Power of Connectivity
The sixth lesson is the Power of Connectivity, which emphasizes the importance of building strong relationships with team members and stakeholders.
7. Leaders as Teachers
The seventh lesson is Leaders as Teachers, which emphasizes the importance of leaders being able to teach and mentor team members.
8. Sales and Leadership
The eighth and final lesson is Sales and Leadership, which emphasizes the importance of leaders being able to sell their vision and mission to team members and stakeholders.
Final Thoughts on the Cone of Leadership and 8 Lessons in Military Leadership for Entrepreneurs
Overall, the cone of learning and 8 Lessons in Leadership provide a valuable framework for leadership development. By focusing on active learning and emphasizing key lessons in leadership, individuals can develop the skills and knowledge they need to be successful leaders.