Shane Parrish of The Great Mental Models quotes Charlie Munger in this regard. He discusses the importance of relying on a ‘latticework of theory’ rather than ‘banging back facts’.
“The first rule is that you can’t really know anything if you just remember isolated facts and try and bang ‘em back.
If the facts don’t hang together in a latticework of theory, you don’t have them in a usable form …
You’ve got to hang experience on a latticework of models in your head.”
In our world, we work with a number of models, but most particularly grouping and deductive storylines.
These two mental models blend synthesis and logic to distil and deliver powerful messages.
We have gone further than using these two models alone and developed patterns that provide useful models for our clients who need to communicate complex ideas.
- Learn the foundational principles of synthesis, grouping and deductive structures, which we focus on during our initial Warm Up and Core levels of the program.
- Identify which of the seven most commonly used patterns suit your purposes best. This is for people who have completed the Core Curriculum and then progressed to the Sprint Level.
- Establish which situations merit a ‘flip’ of one or more patterns, where you leverage your understanding of the basic principles to modify a pattern to suit your specific needs. We had a great discussion about this recently with our most advanced members who are at what we call the Momentum level. Having the depth of understanding combined with the intellectual agility to adjust the patterns quickly to suit your needs is a fabulous thinking ability.
You may also like to get a copy of our ‘Pitch Your Boss' kit, which includes text that you can cut and paste into an email seeking support to join the program.
PS – Related posts include:
Past posts from this series …
- A fabulous thinking tool to help you solve problems and communicate
- Further thinking tools
- Thinking Tools #3 – Using inversions to identify gaps in our thinking
- Thinking Tools #4 – Getting out of your own way
- Thinking Tools #5 – Avoiding Blind Spots
- How to use your critical thinking abilities to turbo charge your communication
- Strengthen your critical thinking abilities
- 4 Ideas to make structured thinking stick
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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 where she helped others use the Minto Pyramid PrincipleⓇ. She continued helping others when living in New York, Tokyo and now back in Australia.
Her clients include experts across many disciplines across Australia, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, the UK and the US. She currently coaches a number of C-suite executives as well as many mid-level folk.