Knowledge versus Experience

A colleague–not a learning professional by training, but with a fair bit of experience and lots of intelligence–showed me an elegant little chart she drew recently. On the x axis was experience; the y axis showed learning–that is, formal classroom learning. She drew a line with a slope of one diagonally between the axes. She labeled the upper quadrant “eminence.”

Here’s a quick mock-up.


I love this as a simple way to show that real world experience and classroom learning are linked in terms of optimal timing. Learning without a chance to apply it in the real world doesn’t stick.  Experience without learning generates costly mistakes.


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