The Russian Doll Method: Models Mapped on Top of Other Models

I like mapping models on top of other models. Even though no two models are exactly the same, it is in overlaying ones that are similar enough that you begin to see more opportunities for how to flexibly apply them, especially when filtered through the interrelated relationships of self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-reflection. For example, Carol […]

Asking, Taking, & Utilizing FEEDBACK

While obviously interdependent and sequential, the ability to ask for, take, and utilize feedback are all separate skills. ASKING FOR The ability to genuinely ask for feedback is a matter of psychological safety. For instance, when you ask for feedback, how safe do you make someone else feel, so he or she can give you […]

Becoming Adaptable

Most people think of resilience as a psychological skill that leads to other outcomes such as accomplishment, growth, and well-being. However, George Bonanno, a professor of clinical psychology and a renowned researcher on resilience, thinks and talks about resilience as an outcome of other psychological skills–one of those skills being psychological flexibility. Steven Kotler’s The […]

Mosaic of Models and Maps

I am writing a book called Adaptable Learning and Leadership–with mental models, maps, and mirrors. The primary goal of the book is to expose the reader to a mosaic of models and maps to improve their mental mirroring, which will grow their capability to be a more adaptable learner and leader. Mental Model: An overarching […]

Mental Mirror (and Your WHY’s)

Your mental mirror is made up of the trifecta that is self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-reflection. Self-Awareness is the lens through which you gain insight; self-regulation is the lens through which you adjust the ways in which you behave to support your intended outcome; and self-reflection is the lens through which you look back and process […]

A Clock is a Map

When you hear the word map, what comes to mind? What do you picture and what expectations do you have? What in your life functions as a map, even though you may not call it that? Maps neither invent territory nor are they an entirely faithful representation of territory. They express territory by representing landmarks […]

Effective Presentation Ingredients:

1. Identity (Who you are being—HIGHEST CONTEXT)2. Style (How you’re delivering)3. Content (What you’re delivering) When presenting information, telling a story, or just sharing information to a group of people or one other person, it is a common mistake to assume that content (the substance of what you are talking about) is of most importance. […]

Creating Context with Titles

I am fascinated by titles. Titles orchestrate our attention by providing us with a vantage point from which to make meaning out of what we consume. Titles, like genre, curate our expectations so we have a clear entry point into the experience. Think about what it is like to listen to a song, watch a […]

AWE: And, What Else?

This is the second of Michael Bungay Stanier’s seven essential coaching questions. This is a question I struggle remembering to ask, let alone repetitiously embrace. Stanier’s purpose is to help us all engage in curiosity for longer than how we have been conditioned. So much of what we are taught from a young age is […]

Taking Radical Responsibility

“I commit to taking full responsibility for the circumstances of my life and for my physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. I commit to supporting others to take full responsibility for their lives” Commitment 1: Jim Dethmer, Diana Chapman, and Kaley Warner Klemp The opposite of taking responsibility is placing blame. Placing blame puts us […]

Learn 9 New Models To Shift The Script

Explore proven mindset shifts to help you recover and regain your composure and confidence when confronted with a breakdown.