Mental Model/Mindset Paper The growth and nurturing of the mind is an endless process that forms around the experiences rooted in the brain and help to influence how personal understanding and interactions work to mold business success. Mental models are developed through interactions, experiences, socialization, and personal values and are found in beliefs, opinions, perceptions, values, and assumptions of true and false information. The ability to be successful revolves around the proper mental model and mindset in the business world as the ability to adapt and embrace change is a requirement to flourish within the economy. The foundations of mental models are deeply seated and most often people are not aware of their effect on personal behavior, thus reinforced in the mind causing the ability to change challenging. AAA Transportation new owners are facing objections with two employees who suffer the mental model/mindset principles. Vernon and Bud have been working for AAA Transportation more than twenty years, thus their mental models are deeply rooted and oppose new ideas making it difficult to change. It is hard to convince both of them to change their mental models or adopt new ones since they have been doing business for more than 20 years the same way. The mental models these two coworkers have impact significantly on how they behave in the company and how other employees rely on the decisions they make. Vernon is afraid of the expansion and Bud is against competing with other long-term mutual respect organizations. The key to business success will be to help Vernon and Bud embrace the principles of change and how it will strengthen the business to new levels (Rowe, 2004).
Changing Mental Model/Mindsets The ability to succeed requires change within every organization, because of this fact the mental models of every employee needs to evolve. In life, people oppose change and, for this reason the mental model lacks the ability to accept change quickly or only acknowledges ideas on a small scale. The reasons for Vernon and Bud are simple the new owners ideas challenge everything they have grown to know and understand about the business, and the mindset of disrupting the business keeps them from embracing change. Change requires identifying and processing information. The first step to change understands limits and power of mental models. The second step is breaking down people’s barriers of mental models and working to expand these models to develop new ideas and experiences. The third step is advancing over the obstacles of previous models and transforming the personal values and beliefs to reflect an open view. The last step in the process is working through each variation adjusting the deeply seated models and expanding the mind to accept new challenges. Following these four steps and a detailed plan from the new owners will provide Vernon and Bud the understanding and desired business plan. Vernon and Bud with a new way of thinking and embrace the change with more certainty (Crook, Gunther, and Wind, 2005).
Forces that Change Mental Model/Mindsets The forces that build change in the mental model/mindset start to shape early in life and refine under constant change. The five forces that help define our models training, education, the influence of others, personal experience, and rewards and incentives. Education is the base of how we learn and perceive the world is sculpting the information provided at an early age. Training is enhancing the knowledge from education and applying it to specific goals and employment. Influence of others is the social, personal, and work orientated effect of personal interaction on a regular basis, and personal experience dealing with life’s lessons good and the evil. Last rewards and incentives the ability to accept the positive outcome from work accomplished and the goals reach for work or personal gain (Crook, Gunther, and Wind,