I’ve been thinking about the word “transformation” recently. It means “a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance.”

It reminds me of a quote about learning – “To learn and not to do is not to learn.”

So, learning inspires change. These changes are often small – most learning, after all, is done incrementally.

But, learning also compounds. With compounding, small steps effectively become leaps over time. Continuous learning thus results in dramatic changes over time.

That right there is the recipe for transformation in my mind.

It is tempting to think of transformation in people and organizations as a dramatic event.

Of course, that might happen. But, odds are that it probably won’t.

We’re far better off betting on continuous learning instead.