The Venn diagram of learning

This is one of my favorite stay interview questions:

Imagine a Venn diagram where one circle is the stuff you want to learn and the other circle is the stuff you are learning. That leaves three categories:

  1. Stuff you’re learning that you don’t care about. Can we delegate this stuff? Are there other ways to minimize this work, or do you need to suck it up?
  2. Stuff you aren’t learning but you wish you were. Can we set up dedicated learning time for these things? Or are there projects (even low priority ones) involving them which you could volunteer for?
  3. Stuff you’re learning AND you’re excited about. How can we make sure you don’t lose any of the things in this bucket?

It’s a solid mental model for making sure people are learning the right things.

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