Are “learning styles” important?

Terry Wilcox asked whether LinkedIn members believe in “learning styles”. Lots of responses to this one, with many people reflecting on the combination of factors that influence whether someone learns.

I’m ok with “learning styles”, but I’ve found it to be a relatively small part of the equation that determines whether the learning leads to behavior change, which is usually the goal.

In my experience, adults change their behavior when

M x O x V x E x R x S > C

M – they are MOTIVATED to address the issue because it is of personal relevance and importance

O – they have a sense of personal OWNERSHIP of the changes required

V – they have a VISION of the benefits a change in their behavior will bring

E – they have a strong EXPECTATION OF SUCCESS if they attempt to change their behavior

R – they have the RESOURCES they need to learn and change their behavior (this is where learning styles fits in)

S – they receive SUPPORT and reinforcement


C – they perceive the COST of changing their behavior to be personally acceptable.

Here’s the original conversation.

Which of these factors do YOU find it hardest to work in your favor? 

Please join the discussion by leaving a comment below. Thanks.

About Mick Verran

I consult, coach, facilitate and train, supporting companies as they execute growth strategies and leaders as they improve their personal effectiveness.
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