“We cannot look at the future as a continuation of the past…The things that got you where you are, are seldom the things that keep you there.” — Charles Handy, British business philosopher
Mental Model • “…our deeply held internal images about how the world works.“ – Senge • Come from: • our family of origin, • culture of origin, • religious or secular ethical backgrounds, • meaning we've made out of our life experiences. • Deeply rooted assumptions
Paradigms • Our view of reality – the lens we use to make sense of the world. • “self-reinforcing mental model.“ –O'Connor & McDermott • I have beliefs about the world. • I unconsciously seek out data that supports those beliefs. • I unconsciously ignore/reject data that does not support those beliefs. • The data I accept reinforces my beliefs about the world.
“The real act of discovery consists not in finding new lands but in seeing with new eyes.” — Marcel Proust
“We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.” - Cicero
The Words We Use… • Advocate • Help • Service • Caregiving • Options • Institution • Home • Independence • Facility • Nursing Home
Getting to the Heart of It • As a group read through your scenario and discuss the situation • Answer these questions: • What is your first thought? What comes to your mind? • What emotions are you feeling? • What paradigms are shaping your thoughts? • What actions would you take? • Where is the person-centeredness? • How do the additional facts affect your opinion/actions? • What else did you want to know?