Listening is Inductive; Speaking is Deductive

After going over the system models in an earlier post I had to revise my thinking and conclude that the Structured Thinking Lifecycle takes on the following character:


What this reveals is the lifecycle of a system is about communication. It also reveals that the Six Hats, Six Coats metaphor is actually a continuum from Repeating Moments to Revising Motives for induction and from Revising Motives to Repeating Moments for deduction.


This is Edward de Bono’s wisdom: “Analyze the Past, Design the Future”. That is all there is to communication. Listening is inductive; speaking is deductive.

Think about this from the perspective of the DIKW hierarchy:


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Puzzles and Pieces

“To improve is to change;
to be perfect is to change often.”
— Winston Churchill


This conceptual diagram I am carrying over from the previous post. The main thrust of this diagram is the realization that there are three levels to an entity. There are “entitas” which are the roles of the entity. There is the entity which is a network of entitas. And there are networks of entities.

What the above model implies, for example, is that a person is actually a network of “personas” and a group a network of persons. Personas are the posture that a person adopts depending upon the system with which they are interacting. For example, I am a son, a brother, an ex-husband, an employee, a mentor, a club member and many other personas. I will perform extrapersonal operations–creation of new personas–when I am interacting with members of one of my groups. I will perform interpersonal dialog–exchange between one or more of my existing personas–when I am thinking. I will perform intrapersonal operations–recursive monolog within a single persona–when I am dealing with a system outside of my groups.

I have to give more thought to how this applies to each of the remaining coats. I also have to give thought to how to represent this structure as a relational model.

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