The Swiss Cheese Model

The Swiss Cheese Model is one which describes accident causation as a series of events which must occur in a specific order and manner for an accident to occur. A stack of unique individual slices of cheese is analogous to an organisational system – where each layer contains a gap. Accidents occur when a process […]

The Supermemo Model

How do you go about remembering all the information you get and want to keep … and how do you keep it in memory for a long time? Long term memory has two components: retrievability and stability. In other words, how close is the memory to our consciousness and how deeply engrained is the information […]

What makes you Happy?

At some point, we all fall to one of two misfortunes: Being tasked with a monstrous and seemingly impossible job. Hitting ourselves over the head with a blunt object hoping that an excruciatingly boring job comes to an end Somewhere in between those two lies a dynamic sweet spot; always keeping you on your toes […]

How to Turn a Group into a Team

The model above was developed by Drexler and Sibbet, founders of The Grove consulting.The model is self explanatory really, so I won’t dive into details. Follow the steps from 1 – 7 that take you through the stages of creating and sustaining a team. Each stage has outcomes based on failure to resolve or succeeding […]

Prisoner’s Dilemma

The Prisoner’s Dilemma is a classic game theory problem that shows how communication can drastically affect outcomes. The image is self explanatory: two prisoners are offered a deal, if one confesses the other gets 20 years, if none confess both get 1 year, and if both confess they each get 5 years in prison. Trust […]

Appreciative Inquiry Model

In the early 20th Century, a major development in philosophy took place called the Linguistic Turn. Not to bore you into a state of comatose ~ the linguistic turn is based on the notion that language constitutes reality and is not a transparent medium for thought. In layman’s terms: your language defines the way you […]

Conflict Resolution

Conflict is the condition that debilitates communication – the best way to overcome conflict is to understand the situation and understand your position in context (self awareness). The conflict resolution model helps you identify the type of conflict and possible outcomes to better understand the situation and your role n the conflict resolution. There are […]

The Morphological Box

The morphological box is a tool that enables you to create something new from many things that exist – by combining features to create new configurations. “The task is not so much to see what no one has yet seen, but to think what nobody yet has thought about that which everybody sees.” ~ Arthur […]

The Eisenhower Matrix

“The most urgent decisions are rarely the most important ones”. The Eisenhower matrix helps you organise your tasks by breaking them down into one of four possible priorities. Ask yourself: When will I deal with the things that are important but not urgent? When will I take the time to deal with important tasks before […]