At the end of the day we were given 2 options, we could work later in the day, finishing at 6pm today (we started at 11am so not exactly taxing) and between 5:30 and 6pm on the following 2 days and be able to leave around 2:30pm on Thursday OR we could complete each day as prescribed, finishing around 1 hour earlier each day and finish at around lunchtime on Friday.
25% of the group chose to finish on Friday.
Call me crazy, but I was absolutely baffled. I wanted to get that training done quick smart and if we finished on Thursday I would be able to go home early. Nope... we are stuck wasting little portions of time each evening in order to ensure we have an additional day that is a 90 minute test on a guideline that we do in our jobs EVERY SINGLE DAY!
I actually did an exercise about 6 months ago that really made me realise how very different people are when I was told that 50% of people will answer one or the other. Considering that I was in Europe at the time, I will make this a little more based towards the majority of my North American readers... If you had to drive from Sydney to Perth, which map would you want?
- A map of the Sydney City, with exact detail of the streets where you are, or
- a map of Australia showing Sydney and Perth?
If you chose the map of Australia, you are a global learner and if you chose the map of Sydney you are a specific learner. Clearly the global learners are highly intelligent, as that is the group that I fall into!
I find these differences in personality both fascinating and infuriating, however in the words of Robert A. Heinlein; "I have never learnt anything from a man who agreed with me." and as such I must learn to appreciate the finer points of human interaction.
Although, another quote he is known for is a particular favourite of mine:
"Being right too soon is socially unacceptable".
Damn, I love a good quote.