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Learning & Development Though Kolb’s studies have resulted in his learning styles inventory (LSI), L&P elected to utilise Gary Salton’s I-OPT concepts and tools to identify individual learning preferences. This was due to its ease of use and only required participants to provide responses to a 24 question survey. This normally takes 5 - 8 minutes. We used Salton’s I-OPT to place each AmeriCredit member into one of the following Learning Styles: • Reactive Stimulator – highly task oriented; reacts immediately to situations; then reflects; • Logical Processor – task/processoriented; prefers structure, sequence and context; • Hypothetical Analyser – wants concepts; thinks before doing; likes to have big picture; • Relational Innovator – relates new with current knowledge; generates new ways/ideas. In learning styles, everyone in the world has some of each preference within how they learn and respond. Yet, studies over decades have shown that most often, an individual prefers and utilises one style in their learning noticeably more than the other styles. Also, each individual has a secondary learning preference. A core concept within learning styles is “Do unto others as they would prefer having done unto them”. This differs from “…as you would have done unto you”. To enhance communication/learning success, the more you understand the preferences of those on whom you are focusing, the more you should tailor your “output” to their preferred way of “inputting” information/ communication. Knowing the learning style of leaders, teammates, direct reports, and others allowed AmeriCredit to focus learning/ Salton’s I-OPT LOGICAL PROCESSOR RELATIONAL INNOVATOR REACTIVE STIMULATOR HYPOTHETICAL ANALYSER May 2015 57