I'm trying to implement the idea from a Conversation, about Applying a Few Mental Models at a Time (sorry only DNet users can access it). The idea is to focus in on one mental model until it becomes second nature. Then, move on to the next mental model.
Besides trying to be more disciplined in experiments, I'm working hard to apply the Human Action Model to the training sessions I lead. I'm doing this by being deliberate about having time in each session dedicated to the three conditions for action outlined in the Human Action Model. This has had some neat effects.
First, it's forced me to think through the specific actions I want people to take as a result of the session. It's no longer satisfying for me to "educate" without a connection to action. Second, measurement has become a little clearer because we can see the outputs associated with the action. Third, it's given me a framework for challenging how and why we do particular sessions. If I can't come up with a concrete action, then why are we doing the session?
I'm no where close to comfortably applying this mental model in this context, but I'm doing my best to be systematic over the next several months. Hopefully, it will reach a point where it's second nature for me to outline the portions of a training session that are aimed at the three conditions of human action. Once I get this down, I hope to move onto a deeper understanding/application of this model.
What do you think of my Human Action Model application attempt? What mental model are you working on? How are you trying to apply it in your day-to-day work? Have you had success doing something like this in the past?