Solution to the “Finding Aadi” Mystery.

Following questions were asked after the story, “Finding Aadi – A Short Story about Life, Ambition, Training, and Storytelling.” Here are the answers for you to tally yours with.

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Question1: Why despite his education, Aadi’s views on women appear archaic? (Hint: Learning Domains)

Answer: The answer lies in the Affective Domain Learning that Aadi experienced while growing up. It’s hinted (not clearly established though,) that Aadi’s Mom has been somewhat overindulging and he considers her a role-model for women.

Question 2: Why despite his best efforts, Aadi’s workshops couldn’t succeed? (Hint: Stages of Kolb’s Cycle)

Answer: Of the four stages in Kolb’s Cycle of Experiential Learning, the fourth stage “Active Experimentation” is missing from Aadi’s learning. At this stage, the learner applies the conclusions of his learning and solves real life problems. In Aadi’s case, this would amount to his writing stories and telling them himself. Since he had never done it before, he would find difficulty in moving away from canned examples to actually helping the participants write real stories.

Question 3: How would you map Aadi’s response to Kolb’s Continuums?

Answer: Aadi’s response on the processing continuum was positive however it was hampered by his emotional responses on the perception continuum. This was why his cognitive learning of storytelling appeared sufficient to him, but he could not process it through the Abstract Conceptualization and Active Experimentation stages.

Question 4: In your opinion, what Aadi’s last three workshops (on story writing and storytelling) taught him, leading to his resignation?

Answer: Opinions differ and so yours may be different from the one you read here. However, Aadi’s act of resigning from the company indicates that he has finally understood the error in his judgment as well as his method. He learned that having a core-skill in a specific discipline is important for a trainer – and certain skills must be acquire by applying oneself through both cognitive and affective domains.