1. Interpretation management (Interactive Cognitive Map)
To affect ownership in the participants, the work must be done in their ‘cognitive map.’ Habits, principles, personal experience, education, and everything that is in our life, is like a road map each of us follows. The roads are ruts, where the more we use them, the deeper the ruts become, making it easy to slip back in to, automatically. Unless we discover where there is a need for a detour, we can’t really create new connections in the map.
In the context of managing, one’s own interpretation of events the cognitive map becomes an interactive tool. It is possible to consult it and to create new roads, as necessary. Part of the work of the trainer is to teach participants how to interact with their own cognitive map. This competence goes far beyond skill developed and is the pre-requisite for flexibility in any area of life.