In last week's post I talked about a powerful consulting framework called ‘MECE'.
This week I wanted to take that conversation one step further to share an idea to help you be MECE when preparing your communication.
This involves challenging the content of your storyline so you can be confident that your messaging is robust.
To that end, there is an abundance of mental models that we can use.
A book I began reading over the weekend introduces nine of these, some of which I use to help me test whether the ideas within my storyline stack up.
For example, necessity vs sufficiency
- It is necessary to be able to write to publish a book, but being able to write is not sufficient to be an author of JK Rowling stature.
- It is necessary to manage a process well to deliver an outcome, but managing a process well is unlikely sufficient to ‘shoot the lights out'.
- It is necessary to think clearly to communicate clearly, but thinking clearly is not sufficient to communicate with great insight.
The challenge we must be aware of when preparing our communication is whether our ideas are more than just necessary, but also sufficient to do the job.
This easy to read book includes a range of other very powerful models, and I'd encourage you to take a look.
It is written by Shane Parrish of the Knowledge Project podcast and the Farnham St blog, and sponsored by Automattic so that the price is kept low as a community service.
>> Click here to learn more.
* If you do decide to purchase a copy, I will receive a small commission
PRESENTED BY DAVINA STANLEY
Davina has helped smart people all over the world clarify and communicate complex ideas for 20+ years.
She began this work when she joined McKinsey & Company as a communication specialist in Hong Kong. She continued helping others when living in New York, Tokyo and now back in Australia.
Her clients include mid to upper level experts across many disciplines across Australia, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, the UK and the US.