Mental frameworks impact human perceptions; perceptions factor into decision making and actions. Therefore, the ability to control one’s mental frameworks is powerful. It is not worth determining whether mental frameworks are “correct”. Each person has their own perspective and way of simplifying life experiences into models (see How Our Beliefs Shape Our Actions). The issue with mental frameworks arises when experiences are implicitly stored and become habits.
Unidentified mental frameworks can create undisciplined habits and overgeneralized assumptions, such as a manager forecasting quality performance from his team on a new project based on past projects. The team may have been capable of completing past work, but the challenges of the new project may require additional team members with a more diverse skillset. Undisciplined habits do not allow people to address the nuances of a situation that may be critical to successful execution.
Understanding mental frameworks allows individuals to properly attribute actions to results. In future blogs, we’ll explain KSI mental frameworks and how the knowledge can be applied to create new habits and foster better results.
Onward and Upward,