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The Honey and Mumford LSQ Case Files


Using results from the Honey & Mumford Learning Style Questionnaire, Matt Stevens from TalentLens UK explores the implications of different learning styles and asks how they can be developed.

The LSQ is a self rating survey in which respondents indicate their preference for different work based scenarios and behaviours. It takes around 10 minutes to complete and is available online or in print.

Results are measured against four key areas, thus indicating how people prefer to learn:

1. Activists - Enjoy having new experiences

2. Reflectors - Like to think about the experience

3. Theorists - Prefer to draw their own conclusions

4. Pragmatists - Like putting their theory into practice



From an individual perspective, being aware of how you prefer to learn is essential if you want to progress and enhance your contribution to an organisation.

From an Organisational standpoint, by discovering how your employees learn (their learning style) you are able to ascertain how they might interact with other employees, thus boosting the potential for effective collaboration within teams and ultimately, the success of the organisation.


The LSQ Case Files – Dominant Activist / Low Pragmatist style

The above output shows a participant's LSQ results - they have indicated a very strong preference for an Activist learning style, Reflector being strong, moderate Theorist and a low pragmatist style.  


Dominant Learning Style - Activist

Activists tend to be flexible, open minded and happy to try out new things. They enjoy getting involved and participating with others.

Activists learn most easily when: 

Activists find it difficult to learn when: 

There are new experiences / problems / opportunities from which to learn

Asked to stand back and not be involved – listening to lectures, reading, watching etc

New ideas are encouraged

Involved in repetitive tasks

Thrown in at the deep end with a task they perceive as challenging 

Required to follow precise instructions

Involved with other people, so can solve problems as part of a team

Asked to do a thorough, painstaking job



Underdeveloped Learning Style - Pragmatist

Pragmatists tend to be practical, down to earth and realistic. They like ‘how to’ hints and techniques and enjoy learning from someone who they respect.

Results of a low Pragmatist style:

Develop a Pragmatist style to be:

Try to find perfect solutions, rather than settle for a practical solution

Open to new ideas and prepared to try out new techniques to see if they work.

Not open to new ideas and techniques

Open to new ideas and prepared to try out new techniques to see if they work.

Enjoy chatty, open ended dialogue

More business like and to the point in meetings

Be wary of specific plans and actions that require commitment.

More focussed on objectives, targets and outcomes


To try the LSQ out within your organisation, please email info@talentlens.co.uk and ask for an online demo.

Look out for the next LSQ Case Files post in three weeks time. In the meantime, read a previous post about why Learning Styles are used in business.


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