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September 26, 2013

How to Improve Others

by Angel Pumila

How to Improve Others

According to the Decision Book (2012), there are many models that can be used in the decision-making process.  The model chosen for this discussion is The Role-Playing Model. The author presents ways in which your point of view can be intentionally changed. He explains that sometimes people are resistant to new points of view because it does not fit in with their present ideals. Through observational research it was found that nine profiles define the characteristics of people (Krogerus & Tschappeler, 2012, p. 143). They are:

Action-oriented: do-er, implementer, perfectionist.
Communication-oriented: coordinator, team player, trailblazer.
Knowledge-oriented: innovator, observer, specialist.

It is proposed that in order to change your viewpoint, you must change your thought process to that of the idea’s creator. In doing so, you are able to step outside of yourself and begin to understand and possibly accept new ideas or concepts.

When working with diverse populations and implementing integrative education, an open frame of mind and understanding are required. For example, in order to bring forth different perspectives on any given course room discussion instructors must be accepting of varying viewpoints and backgrounds in order to optimize the expansion of knowledge.


Krogerus, M. & Tschappeler, R. (2012). The Decision Book: 50 Models for Strategic Thinking. New York, New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.


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