Exploring models that power up our problem solving and communication

Ever wondered how top consultants think through problems quickly and insightfully?

This series is inspired by the ideas found in Shane Parrish's book, The Great Mental Models, which I have applied to my own problem solving and communication.

We will explore various mental models that help in solving problems and adding depth and value to your communication. This series includes:


A daily reminder to learn something new! Delivered weekdays across 2 weeks, each email contains a brief introduction and a link to the daily module.


Each focusing on a mental model and where possible, using a live example to make the approach come alive.


A course handout including notes and exercises to learn the ideas and use them right away.

Bringing mental models to life through practical professional challenges…

> Introduces the Mental Models concept – we start with a broad discussion on mental modules, introducing their potential and the separately discussing their limits.

> Offers a deeper look at the models  – we then dive into discussing models that help you find thinking gaps such as inversions, necessity vs sufficiency and questioning techniques. We also explore models to help with the human side of communication such as thinking failures, blind spots, the tragedy of the commons and unintended consequences.

> Delivers daily learning in bite-sized chunks  – delivered to you each weekday across 2 weeks. The modules range from five to ten minutes, designed with busy professionals in mind.

> Revolves around real life examples – practical examples bring the models to life. These are drawn from over two decades of coaching experience and highlight how the models have helped me or my clients when preparing communication or solving problems.

> Provides notes and reflections to make you think and help you take full advantage of the material.


I love what I do.

I have had the pleasure of helping smart people all over the world to clarify complex ideas for the past 20+ years.

I began this work when I joined McKinsey & Company in Hong Kong as a Communication Specialist and have built a team of eight here in Australia that helps others see their good ideas get the traction they deserve.

The structured approach that I teach, the So What Strategy, helps people from almost every discipline.

I know this because not only do I teach, I get in the trenches alongside my clients and prepare the communication with them.

It offers a universal thinking process that enables you to articulate the breakthrough lurking beneath the surface of your problem solving and communication.