This piece from Paul Rasmussen is a little gem - please do read the whole blog post.
For me, at the heart of this is the challenge of whether the training & development we are providing in organisations actually has the longevity to support competence and add to the organisations value/values?
We know that little is retained from 1 day "training courses". We know that longer, reflective, more experiential programmes provide deeper & more memorable learning. Oh, and we know that forgetting & relearning what we've learnt is also an important dynamic in retaining learning, which takes time of course.
If our investment in training & learning in organisations doesn't help us build competence and add to the organisations value/values, then why persist?
Fundamentally, there is a friction here between the time spent learning, the cost of learning, the opportunity cost and the potential gain (for which you may never be able to find a discrete value!).
The organisations that I see (& work with) that seem to have this friction sorted are the ones driven by their people focussed values.
So if organisations are not investing in the time it takes to build competence, what does that say about their organisation value/values? What does that say about the future of their organisation?
What my focus here is is the question that if we are truly serious about competency based training then surely we need to recognise that there is for the most part actually a minimum amount of time that it takes someone to become competent in a particular skill.