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Resolve the Paradox—CE. The correct answer choice is (E)
The stimulus describes a paradoxical finding. Taking a seminar for building organizational skills makes us more organized, but not necessarily more efficient:
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organizational skills seminar more organized more efficient
Answer choice (A): This answer choice only addresses a narrow subset of people: those who are the most efficient in the workplace are not among the most organized. It is still unclear why becoming more organized does not necessarily make us more efficient. Answer choice (A) does not preclude the possibility that the two qualities correlate up to a certain degree, nor does it explain why they do not correlate at the top.
Answer choice (B): This answer choice suggests a bias among those taking seminars for building organizational skills: people who are not particularly organized do not take such seminars. This might explain why people remain disorganized, but it fails to explain why becoming more organized does not make us more efficient.
Answer choice (C): The target audience of most seminars for building organizational skills is entirely irrelevant to the question at hand.
Answer choice (D): If most people who take a seminar for building organizational skills are not terribly organized to begin with, no wonder they become more organized as a result of taking the seminar. This still does not explain why they don’t become more efficient.
Answer choice (E): This is the correct answer choice. If most people who take a seminar for building organizational skills consequently expend a great amount of time organizing their activities, this would explain why their efficiency does not improve as a result. After all, becoming “efficient” means we can accomplish more in less time. If we start spending more time organizing our activities, then we would indeed become more organized—but not necessarily more efficient.