Mental Models


How You Will Benefit

Each one of us has a perception of reality about how the world works—a mental model that provides understanding, guides thinking, and directs decision making. Built from everyday experiences, outside influences, and rewards such as money and success, mental models can be both beneficial and detrimental to success. This program will show you how to examine your mental models to separate fact from opinion, clarify assumptions, and reveal hidden beliefs. Using interactive exercises and activities, this learning experience illustrates the need to tune into one’s surroundings, look for opportunities, and approach work with an open mind.

Course Objectives

Successful completion of this course will increase your ability to:
•Define mental models and describe how they influence the workplace.
•Identify your own mental models.
•Recognize assumptions in your mental models.
•Reveal hidden assumptions.
•Avoid typical mental mistakes.
•Implement strategies to adjust inaccurate mental models.

Key Topics Covered

This course explores the following subjects in depth:
•Benefits and drawbacks of mental models
•Origins of mental models
•Compare different mental models among various industries
•How to reveal hidden assumptions and rethink misconceptions
•How to use creative swiping to your advantage
•Creating new mental models and share them

What the Course Offers

Interactive learning setting
•Opportunity to apply the concepts in a risk-free environment
•Thorough set of materials: Instructor Guide, Participant Guide, classroom PowerPoint presentation, and one-page Learning Summary