Mental Models: The Key to Making Reality-Based Decisions

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Mental Models: The Key to Making Reality-Based Decisions

This On-Demand event was originally presented on March 25, 2015 (60 min)


Each one of us has a perception of reality about how the world works – a mental model. Like an internal hard drive, it provides understanding, guides thinking, and directs decision-making. Built from everyday experiences, outside influences, and rewards such as money and success, mental models can be both beneficial and detrimental to success. Just as technology shifts and advances, so does the need for individuals, teams, and organizations to update, flex, and reconstruct mental models to improve performance.

An excellent starting point is to create awareness. Sign up now for a webinar that will teach participants how to examine their mental models, separate fact from opinion, clarify assumptions, and reveal hidden beliefs. Using interactive exercises and activities, this learning experience illustrates the need to tune into one’s surroundings, look for opportunities, and approach work with an open mind.

You can also check out HRDQstore’s training course, Mental Models. This course helps participants examine their mental models, separate fact from opinion, and reveal hidden beliefs to help them have a more open mind and be more in tune to their surroundings.

Attendees will learn

  • Understand what mental models are and how they influence the workplace.
  • Identify one’s personal mental model.
  • Recognize the mental model assumptions.
  • Reveal hidden mental model biases.
  • Learn how to avoid typical mental mistakes.
  • Develop the ability to adjust mental models for better performance.
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Mental Models: The Key to Making Reality-Based Decisions


Diana Durek is a leadership development specialist with an emphasis on emotional intelligence and personal change. She spent 11 years with a leading global psychological test publisher. There, she worked with clients as diverse as the U.S. Air Force, American Express, and Air Canada, building evidence-based models for predicting individual and organizational performance.

Diana holds an MS in organization development from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in corporate learning and development, a joint program between the Graduate School of Education and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.



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