QUESTION: Most people who have taken a seminar for building organizational skills….
QUESTION TYPE: Paradox
PARADOX: People who take an organizational seminar tend to become more organized, but they usually don’t become more efficient.
ANALYSIS: We associate organization with efficiency, but they’re not the same thing. I knew someone who carefully planned every day, and got nothing done.
The best answer will show that the seminar somehow causes people not to gain efficiency.
- ‘Some’ is a very vague word, it can refer to one person out of 150,000. Not a useful word in most cases. One person’s case can’t explain what happens to an entire group.
- The question talked about people who do take organizational seminars. This answer talks about people who do not take seminars.
- This just tells us a random fact about people who take organizational seminars. It’s not clear how management training relates to efficiency.
- This might explain why those people took organizational seminars – those workers knew that they were poorly organized. But this answer adds no information about efficiency.
- CORRECT. Efficiency refers to how much you can get done in a certain amount of time. This answer helps explain why better organizational skills don’t make you more efficient: you now have to spend a lot of time organizing yourself. So you have less time to actually get things done.
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