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Human beings, born with a drive to explore and experiment, thrive on learning. Unfortunately, corporations are oriented predominantly toward controlling employees, not fostering their learning. Ironically, this orientation creates the very conditions that predestine employees to mediocre performances. Over time, superior performance requires superior learning, because long-term corporate survival depends on continually exploring new business and organizational opportunities that can create new sources of growth.

To survive in the future, corporations must become “learning organizations,” enterprises that are constantly able to adapt and expand their capabilities. To accomplish this, corporations must change how they view employees. The traditional view that a single charismatic leader should set the corporation’s direction and make key decisions is rooted in an individualistic worldview. In an increasingly interdependent world, such a view is no longer viable. In learning organizations, thinking and acting are integrated at all job levels. Corporate leadership is shared, and leaders become designers, teachers, and stewards, roles requiring new skills: the ability to build shared vision, to reveal and challenge prevailing mental models, and to foster broader, more integrated patterns of thinking. In short, leaders in learning organizations are responsible for building organizations in which employees are continually learning new skills and expanding their capabilities to shape their future.

1) According to the passage,traditional corporate leaders differ from leaders in learning organizations in that former

(A) Encourage employees to concentrate on developing a wide range of skills
(B) Enable employees to recognize and confront dominant corporate models and to develop alternative models
(C) Make important policy decisions alone and then require employees in the corporation to abide by those decisions
(D) Instill confidence in employees because of their willingness to make risky decisions and accept their consequences
(E) Are concerned with offering employees frequent advice and career guidance

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
C

2) Which of the following best describes employees behavior encouraged within learning organizations, as such organizations are described in the passage?

(A) Carefully defining one's job description and taking care to avoid deviation from it
(B) Designing mentoring programs that train new employees to follow procedures that have been used for many years
(C) Concentrating one`s efforts on mastering one aspect of a complicated task
(D) Studying an organizational problem, preparing a report, and submitting it to a corporate leader for approval
(E) Analyzing a problem related to productivity , making a decision about a solution , and implementing that solution

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
E


3) According to the author of the passage, corporate leaders of the future should do which of the following

(A) They should encourage employees put long-term goals ahead of short-term profits
(B) They should exercise more control over employees in order to constrain production costs
(C) They should redefine incentives for employees' performance improvement
(D) They should provide employees with opportunities to gain new skills and expand their capabilities
(E) They should promote individual managers who are committed to established company practices

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
D


4) The primary purpose of the passage is to

(A) Endorse a traditional corporate structure
(B) Introduce a new approach to corporate leadership and evaluate criticisms of it
(C) Explain competing theories about management practices and reconcile them
(D) Contrast two typical corporate organizational structures
(E) Propose an alternative to a common corporate approach

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
E

[Reveal] Spoiler: Question #1 OA
[Reveal] Spoiler: Question #2 OA
[Reveal] Spoiler: Question #3 OA
[Reveal] Spoiler: Question #4 OA

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Question 2 answer should be A instead of E

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Question 2 answer should be A instead of E



This passage is from OG verbal Review 16 : The Answer for Question 2 is E(from the book)

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ianurag wrote:
Question 2 answer should be A instead of E



This passage is from OG verbal Review 16 : The Answer for Question 2 is E(from the book)


Here is explanation of 2.
1. Carefully defining one's job description and taking care to avoid deviation from it - Not discussed in passage - Eliminate
2. Designing mentoring programs that train new employees OKto follow procedures that have been used for many yearsThis is not discussed whether to learn old procedures or new. Eliminate
3. Concentrating one`s efforts on mastering one aspect of a complicated task - Not discussed eliminate
4. Studying an organizational problem, preparing a report, and submitting it to a corporate leader for approval This sounds like traditional leadership
5. Analyzing a problem related to productivity , making a decision about a solution , and implementing that solution Para 2nd, In learning organizations, thinking and acting are integrated at all job levels. Correct.

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1) Accoridng to the passage,traditional corporate leaders differ from leaders in learning organizations in that former
C) Make important policy decisions alone and then require employees in the corporation to abide by those decisions
"The traditional view that a single charismatic leader should set the corporation’s direction and make key decisions is rooted in an individualistic worldview."

2) Which of the following best describes employees behavior encouraged within learning organizations, as such organizations are described in the passage?
E) Analyzing a problem related to productivity , making a decision about a solution , and implementing that solution
"In learning organizations, thinking and acting are integrated at all job levels." In contrast to the traditional view that employees worked follow what leaders said, in learning organizations, employees will learn new skills to handle issues by themselves.

3) According to the author of the passage, corporate leaders of the future should do which of the following
D) They should provide employees with opportunities to gain new skills and expand their capabilities
"Leaders in learning organizations are responsible for building organizations in which employees are continually learning new skills and expanding their capabilities to shape their future"

4) The primary purpose of the passage is to
E. propose an alternative to a common corporate approach
The first passage introduced the traditional view. The second one illustrated the traditional view's disadvantage and proposed a new one.

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ianurag wrote:
Question 2 answer should be A instead of E



This passage is from OG verbal Review 16: The Answer to Question 2 is E(from the book)


Here is the explanation of 2.
1. Carefully defining one's job description and taking care to avoid deviation from it - Not discussed in passage - Eliminate
2. Designing mentoring programs that train new employees OKto follow procedures that have been used for many yearsThis is not discussed whether to learn old procedures or new. Eliminate
3. Concentrating one`s efforts on mastering one aspect of a complicated task - Not discussed eliminate
4. Studying an organizational problem, preparing a report, and submitting it to a corporate leader for approval This sounds like traditional leadership
5. Analyzing a problem related to productivity, making a decision about a solution, and implementing that solution Para 2nd, In learning organizations, thinking and acting are integrated at all job levels. Correct.



I just asked myself that what I want from my organisation, and got the right answer. GMAT RCs requires using your knowledge and experiences.

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Apourv wrote:
RaviChandra wrote:
ianurag wrote:
Question 2 answer should be A instead of E



This passage is from OG verbal Review 16 : The Answer for Question 2 is E(from the book)


Here is explanation of 2.
1. Carefully defining one's job description and taking care to avoid deviation from it - Not discussed in passage - Eliminate
2. Designing mentoring programs that train new employees OKto follow procedures that have been used for many yearsThis is not discussed whether to learn old procedures or new. Eliminate
3. Concentrating one`s efforts on mastering one aspect of a complicated task - Not discussed eliminate
4. Studying an organizational problem, preparing a report, and submitting it to a corporate leader for approval This sounds like traditional leadership
5. Analyzing a problem related to productivity , making a decision about a solution , and implementing that solution Para 2nd, In learning organizations, thinking and acting are integrated at all job levels. Correct.


I just asked myself that what I want from my organisation and I got the answer to this question. Sometimes GMAT RCs requires using your personal knowledge and experiences on the subject.

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After a bad bad mock. Doing RCs. Answers with time. Took way more than required time.
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Overall time taken - 5:35...All correct

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Got all correct in 9 mins. Is it okay considering difficulty of the passage.

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the passage is easy to read and understand but answering questions is not easy.
to asnwer questions, we need ability to infer. this can be acquired in a few weeks by practicing .

in each wrong answer choices, there is only one or two word wrong. focus on finding one wrong word in each answer choice is good strategy.
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C E D E , All correct in 6 mins 10 seconds
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Human beings, born with a drive to explore and experiment, thrive on learning. Unfortunately, corporations are oriented predominantly toward controlling employees, not fostering their learning. Ironically, this orientation creates the very conditions that predestine employees to mediocre performances. Over time, superior performance requires superior learning, because long-term corporate survival depends on continually exploring new business and organizational opportunities that can create new sources of growth.

To survive in the future, corporations must become “learning organizations,” enterprises that are constantly able to adapt and expand their capabilities. To accomplish this, corporations must change how they view employees. The traditional view that a single charismatic leader should set the corporation’s direction and make key decisions is rooted in an individualistic worldview. In an increasingly interdependent world, such a view is no longer viable. in learning organizations, thinking and acting are integrated at all job levels. Corporate leadership is shared, and leaders become designers, teachers, and stewards, roles requiring new skills: the ability to build shared vision, to reveal and challenge prevailing mental models, and to foster broader, more integrated patterns of thinking. in short, leaders in learning organizations are responsible for building organizations in which employees are continually learning new skills and expanding their capabilities to shape their future.

1) According to the passage,traditional corporate leaders differ from leaders in learning organizations in that former

C is the answer.

2) Which of the following best describes employees behavior encouraged within learning organizations, as such organizations are described in the passage?

E is the answer.

3) According to the author of the passage, corporate leaders of the future should do which of the following

D is the answer.

4) The primary purpose of the passage is to

E is the answer


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4 minutes 58 seconds- All correct.

Sub-600 level passage I'd say.

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2) Which of the following best describes employees behavior encouraged within learning organizations, as such organizations are described in the passage?

A) Carefully defining one's job description and taking care to avoid deviation from it
B) Designing mentoring programs that train new employees to follow procedures that have been used fro many years
C) Concentrating one`s efforts on mastering one aspect of a complicated task
D) Studying an organizational problem, preparing a report, and submitting it to a corporate leader for approval
E) Analyzing a problem related to productivity , making a decision about a solution , and implementing that solution
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OA is E and as it is difficult to infer from passage best way to come to this choice is to eliminate other choices ... elimination of other ans option in this question is really very easy if you understand and in grossed with the passage, while infer option E which is OA is much more time consuming and confusing...

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Question 2 answer should be A instead of E


The passage and the portion is also talking about shared leadership and the points related to it makes option E a correct choice.

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got all correct.
I wonder if an RC of this level comes in the actual test.

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Human beings, born with a drive to explore and experiment, thrive on learning. Unfortunately, corporations are oriented predominantly toward controlling employees, not fostering their learning. Ironically, this orientation creates the very conditions that predestine employees to mediocre performances. Over time, superior performance requires superior learning, because long-term corporate survival depends on continually exploring new business and organizational opportunities that can create new sources of growth.

To survive in the future, corporations must become “learning organizations,” enterprises that are constantly able to adapt and expand their capabilities. To accomplish this, corporations must change how they view employees. The traditional view that a single charismatic leader should set the corporation’s direction and make key decisions is rooted in an individualistic worldview. In an increasingly interdependent world, such a view is no longer viable. In learning organizations, thinking and acting are integrated at all job levels. Corporate leadership is shared, and leaders become designers, teachers, and stewards, roles requiring new skills: the ability to build shared vision, to reveal and challenge prevailing mental models, and to foster broader, more integrated patterns of thinking. In short, leaders in learning organizations are responsible for building organizations in which employees are continually learning new skills and expanding their capabilities to shape their future.

1) According to the passage,traditional corporate leaders differ from leaders in learning organizations in that former

(A) Encourage employees to concentrate on developing a wide range of skills
(B) Enable employees to recognize and confront dominant corporate models and to develop alternative models
(C) Make important policy decisions alone and then require employees in the corporation to abide by those decisions- these lines explain the answer- "Unfortunately, corporations are oriented predominantly toward controlling employees, not fostering their learning" and "The traditional view that a single charismatic leader should set the corporation’s direction and make key decisions is rooted in an individualistic worldview"
(D) Instill confidence in employees because of their willingness to make risky decisions and accept their consequences
(E) Are concerned with offering employees frequent advice and career guidance

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
C


2) Which of the following best describes employees behavior encouraged within learning organizations, as such organizations are described in the passage?

(A) Carefully defining one's job description and taking care to avoid deviation from it
(B) Designing mentoring programs that train new employees to follow procedures that have been used for many years
(C) Concentrating one`s efforts on mastering one aspect of a complicated task
(D) Studying an organizational problem, preparing a report, and submitting it to a corporate leader for approval
(E) Analyzing a problem related to productivity , making a decision about a solution , and implementing that solution

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
E
this line= "the ability to build shared vision, to reveal and challenge prevailing mental models, and to foster broader, more integrated patterns of thinking"

3) According to the author of the passage, corporate leaders of the future should do which of the following

(A) They should encourage employees put long-term goals ahead of short-term profits
(B) They should exercise more control over employees in order to constrain production costs
(C) They should redefine incentives for employees' performance improvement
(D) They should provide employees with opportunities to gain new skills and expand their capabilities- the last line of passage explains this answer
(E) They should promote individual managers who are committed to established company practices

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
D


4) The primary purpose of the passage is to

(A) Endorse a traditional corporate structure
(B) Introduce a new approach to corporate leadership and evaluate criticisms of it
(C) Explain competing theories about management practices and reconcile them
(D) Contrast two typical corporate organizational structures
(E) Propose an alternative to a common corporate approach- here the main theme author is sticking to is endorsing 'learning organization'. Further he is explaining the importance of it. He also explains what was the traditional approach and how it should be replaced.

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
E



Total time:
2.5 mins
Easy passage
One should get all answers right

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