Learning with Style

John Sullivan

PM Network 17 (August 1997)

Projects don’t work without people, and people don’t work without instructions. You have to tell them what you want. If you’ve ever tried to explain a task to your staff members from start to finish and returned to your chair feeling like they just didn’t understand you, your intuition is probably correct.

You’ve run head on into “learning styles.” Unlike so many other “styles” (leadership, personality, and so on) there are, thank goodness, only two types of learning styles (at least for the purposes of this article): “part-to-whole” and “whole-to-part.”

Whole-to-part people have more of a global approach to learning. They like to go right to the end, get the big picture, and get ...

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