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Ladder of Influence

April 22, 2013

I am a second semester graduate student from the leadership program at SOLES. These two past semesters have been like a daring, fun roller costar ride.  The reason that I say that is because of the new “language” that SOLES provides to students. This revolutionary way of teaching and learning is so great because helps me to see my life in a different light, which helps me to move forward, and not be stuck. I mentioned the roller coaster metaphor because this program pushes you to do inner work in order to understand the concepts. One example of this was during my first semester when I learned about “Mental Models”. It was not until this semester that I finally understood it. One thing that helped me understand this concept was the ladder of inference. Let me explain, “Mental Models” are “Deeply ingrained assumptions, generalizations, pictures or images that influence how we understand the world and how we take action” Senge (1990).  The ladder of inference helps us to see the process of mental models. Below is a picture with this process.














I hope this will be the start of seeing behaviors and reactions in a different light. Please if you have more questions about this subject do not hesitate to ask, and I will be happy to replay.




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