While thinking models provide a structure to reduce the world’s complexity, they’re also very context-specific.
1. Eisenhower Matrix: How to Prioritise
2. SARA Model: How to Solve Problems
3. Conflict Resolution Model
4. Black Box Model: Why You Don’t Have All the Answers
5. Map vs Territory: What Makes All Models Wrong
In a world of information abundance, thinking models work as simplified and experience-based mental representations of how things work.
Also known as the Eisenhower Box or the Urgent-Important Matrix, the thinking model is a tool used to prioritize assignments and manage time.
Is it urgent and important? Don’t lose time. Do it now. Is it important but not urgent? Take your time to decide when you will do it. Is it urgent but unimportant? Delegate it to someone else. Is it neither important nor urgent? Do it later.
The SARA Model is a structured approach to problem-solving. The acronym SARA stands for Scanning, Analysis, Response and Assessment.
But the Conflict Resolution Model highlights six different ways people typically react to conflict. They fall into two categories: emotional and rational.
Flight: We evade or avoid the situation entirely rendering the conflict unresolved. The downside is that both parties lose.
Evade Responsibility: We delegate the matter to someone else. Perhaps they solve the conflict for us. Perhaps they make it infinitely worse. So there’s a chance both parties end up losing.
Have you ever had the impression that things have gotten more complicated? That it’s increasingly difficult to understand the basics of modern life? And that all this happens at an accelerated rate? Now you have a term for it, it’s called the Black Box Model.
These are “complex constructs that we do not understand even if they’re explained to us”.
The more black boxes surround us, the more our everyday decisions become a matter of faith.
It could also mean we’re more susceptible to people who offer faith-based explanations rather than rational ones.
“The map is not the territory” is a phrase coined by Alfred Korzybski.
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