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Blog Past: Multi-Model Minds

August 2nd, 2009 · 6 Comments

I wrote this series in February 2005:

Why do intelligent people not make intelligent decisions? The answer that stood out was that people did not understand the problem correctly and therefore the solution proposed was orthogonal to the problem. To understand the problem correctly needs a mental framework that can get to its root. And for that, we need in place multiple mental models.

Unfortunately for us, even as we are taught a few ideas and models well, there are many others we do not understand at all. For example, those who understand technology may not understand economics, and vice versa. The result is incomplete decision-making mindsets. The solution is not getting people who are experts in different areas together – for the right decisions to emerge, it is necessary for all the important mental models to reside in one mind.

….A multi-model mind can be our greatest asset as we seek to build both our careers and the new India around us. But for that to happen, we will have to shed some of the baggage from the past – and that is not going to be easy. We need to make a start – with the world inside us, and then the outside. We have the benefit of technological revolutions that are happening around us giving us the ability to compress time — we don’t have a generation to effect this change.

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  • 1 Blog Past: Multi-Model Minds // Aug 2, 2009 at 5:48 am

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  • 2 Subbaraman Iyer // Aug 2, 2009 at 6:36 am

    Hello Rajesh:

    The subject of mental models in decision making is close to my heart. While your assessment is right, it is too simplistic and you tend to overlook what I call are human foibles. See my blog post here at:
    http://subbaiyer.wordpress.com/2009/06/16/why-do-smart-people-do-stupid-things/

    http://subbaiyer.wordpress.com/2007/05/21/three-wise-men-and-their-conclusions/

  • 3 Subbaraman Iyer // Aug 2, 2009 at 6:39 am

    Hello Rajesh:

    I have a suggestion. As you recycle your old posts, it would be helpful to you and to your readers how much has your view changed on the specific topic since you first posted it. It would also help if you could provide the thinking trajectory to help readers build the bridge between the old and the new.

    Else it is mere regurgitation.

    Hope you would take my comment in the right spirit.

  • 4 Sanjay Uvach // Aug 2, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    I tend to disagree. I think ‘vision’ and foresight are far more important than multi-model, lateral thinking. Lot of decisions turn out to be ‘duds’ due to the lack of vision and on the contrary some apparently dumb decisions look very smart later on.

  • 5 odszkodowanie // Aug 2, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    interesting topic

  • 6 kasi // Aug 3, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Rajesh,

    I totally agree with you on “wearing multiple hats or shoes”.

    But as for the first sentence and question… my answer would be… Human is a prisoner of situations…
    On the flip-side… those who not make intelligent decisions are not called intelligent in the long-run 🙂 .

    Kasi
    P.S. just a suggestion why can’t you rename the title to “Blast from the past”.

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