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Q: How can we know how fast someone is going through the cycle of learning?

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Among the four steps in the cycle of learning, the most optimal to measure is generally the step of application. The reasoning is because it is difficult to tell how much a person perceives or even how much they are processing. Both require biased decision making. To measure how much someone is changing also requires too much decision making. Someone would have to decide where a person was to begin with and the improvement they have made over time.

Application is the easiest because by observation they are either doing it or not doing it. It is a yes or no answer they are either having meetings or not having meeting, planning/not planning, crying/not crying, smiling/not smiling, talking / not talking… etc. There is less decision making involved. By actions we can determine what type of person they are most like (A or C) and therefore the speed they go through the cycle. See KSMs…

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Q: How can we identify Type A and Type C individuals?

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See Kashiwagi Solution Model (KSM)

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Q: Is it better to be a type A person or a type C person?

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Neither a Type A person or Type C person is better. You may disagree because you see a Type A person as one able to think faster and produce more while a Type C person only consumes and causes more problems. Now these statements may be accurate but they prove that Type A and Type C merely different but not that one is better than the other. Each type of person plays a different role in life and each are just as necessary and depend on the other. Without the Type A people Type C people could exist and vice versa. Knowing that neither is better than the other the real question should be which one would you like to be, whichever one you choose is the one that is best for you.

An example is a company. There are positions at all levels of a company which require different levels of people. To take the extremes you have a CEO leadership position and other more common roles such as janitors or receptionists. Now one may ask who is better or more necessary in the company. Neither! Without a CEO a company would not have the direction to proceed, yet without all the more common roles throughout the company that direction would never be attained.

You not only need each position but you need the different types of people to fill those positions. A CEO is a person that probably likes to think, work long hours, and commit a good portion of this life to his job. This type of person would not stick around very long in a company that has him cleaning toilets all day. While on the other hand a position like a janitor probably is not capable to be a CEO, but also has no desire to be one to begin with, he is happy to put in his set hours and go home. In life we need all the different positions in life and the different levels of people (Type A and Type C) to fill those positions.

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Q:  As we go through the cycle of learning more times what happens to the speed we go through it?

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The more times we go through the cycle of learning the faster we will begin to go through it.

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Q:   Can a Type C person become a Type A person?

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No. An event outcome is predictable and can only happen one way. If you had all the information about a person you would be able to map out that person’s entire life and their rate of change. Hence you would be able to identify from the beginning whether that person was a Type A or Type C.

The only reason it appears that Type C people change into Type A people is due to the lack of or misperception of information about that person. If we think a person was Type C and has now is truly identified as a Type A, they were a Type A the whole time and we merely lacked the information to perceive it. Type A people will always be Type A people and Type C people will always be Type C people.

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