Divergent roads on the path to training success

A famous cartoon shows a bird, a monkey, a penguin, an elephant, a fish (in a bowl), a sea lion, and a dog lined up in front of a teacher, who sits at his desk and tells them: “For a fair selection, everybody has to take the same exam: please climb that tree”.

This situation is unfortunately true in assessment – standardized tests have been trying to do this for decades – and it’s true for training and teaching as well. “For a fair selection, everybody has to take the same exam. Don’t worry, we’ll teach you how to do that. We know the way.”

Given how differently people learn, it is an illusion to believe that a one size fits all approach has ever worked in education. People have different ways of thinking, different backgrounds and they relate to knowledge and information in unique ways. And this uniqueness should be taken into consideration when we try to implement learning programs in any company.

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