One word: Feedback

With all the different management models out there, chances are you’ve come across a model that can help you solve or improve a particular problem. From a bird’s perspective, they might look simple, but to fully grasp how to apply them in your organization, you need a deeper understanding than you can get from only reading a book. You need hands-on experience.

This triggers a question: How do you apply a generic model you don’t even understand the complete extent of, to a specific situation of high complexity?

Normally, when you get a question like this, you know you won’t get an answer in just one sentence. But the answer can be rather simple, actually just a single word: Feedback.

It doesn’t matter what the model is for and what it is designed to solve, but once you decide to give it a try, remember this: Get the feedback you need, as fast as you can, so that you’re able to take corrective actions. The more complex the situation is, the faster you need feedback.

No feedback is synonymous with failure, and the model certainly won’t do you any good. You need hands-on experience and you need feedback, that’s how you truly understand how to apply the model.