I'm researching an upcoming live-online session, "Tips for the Positive Deviant" and just ran into this anecdote:
During a positive deviance workshop designed to surface strategies for curtailing the spread of AIDS/HIV in Myanmar, "The group consisted of prostitutes -- nearly all of whom insisted she faithfully made her clients use condoms. The moment of truth occurred when each participant was asked to apply a condom to a banana. Varying degrees of dexterity quickly differentiated the pretenders from the practitioners...With the right exercises, many organizations could profit from appropriate reincarnations of the 'banana test'."*
We talk a lot about "assessment" of our learners, but do our assessments pack the punch of the banana test?
From Pascale, R. & Sternin, J.(May,2005). Your company's secret change agents. Harvard Business Review.