I’m just out of meeting with my global mastermind where a colleague shared information on adult learning that really caught my attention:

70% of it happens via challenging assignments.


The other 30% is a combination of coursework and other people.

This research reflects what we all observed and experienced during the pandemic: when people are given stretch assignments, they stretch.

Three recommendations if you’re moving someone into a bigger role or you’re moving, yourself:

  • Have an open door policy. We saw this, too, during the pandemic.  When people were thrown into the deep end of the pool, their superiors were standing on deck available to throw a life preserver, if needed.  Be that leader.  And if you’re the one in the new role, be sure to seek it out.
  • Set expectations and milestones and communicate them clearly. And create regular opportunities for check-ins and dialogue.  Work to anticipate – hurdles, slow-downs, mitigating factors, all of it.
  • Get an experienced coach who works with leaders entering bigger, more responsible roles. An investment that should pay for itself many times over, a good coach will be an invaluable guide for shortcutting the learning curve and driving results.

For more on working with me directly, you can reach me here.  The next openings for executive coaching are later this month.
For more ways of working together, go here to see a list of 2024 offerings.

A few updates:

  • The Magnificent Leadership Ascension Program now has a waitlist.  The next openings are in Q4.  To inquire about this bespoke coaching program, email me directly: sarah@sarah-levitt.com
  • I’m offering a cost-free webinar on Building a Self-Correcting Team℠ on September 10th at 10:30am ET.  To register, hit reply and let me know how many on your team are coming.  All who attend on the 10th receive a complimentary copy of my Building Self-Correcting Teams℠ Inventory and Assessment.
  • The Magnificent Leadership Executive Coaching Cohorts inside your organization are highly customized to fit the challenges your leaders face, are coached by me, and are an exceptionally good way to uplevel a group of your leaders at an investment level that is the most accessible I offer for coaching.

Lastly, if you haven’t gotten your free copy of my paper, Magnificent Leadership®: Elevating Leadership Capacity and Succeeding in a New Role, go here to download it.