Mental Models: Help or Hurt

“They tell me I live my whole life up on the top rung.”

A plant manager with GS Technologies jokes with his visitors.

Because the union members went out and bought him a stepladder.

Like this plant manager, some of us can live our entire life up on the top rung of our mental ladder.

As mental models are tacit by nature, some of us don’t even recognize them at all.

Being able to acknowledge our mental model is a great start.

Being able to evaluate the beliefs that come with our mental model is crucial.

Until and unless we can evaluate those beliefs, we could potentially spend the rest of our lives only on one rung of the ladder.