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Ladder of inference

As we interpret the world around us, we are continuously making assumptions and judgements based on our ability to infer and draw conclusions.  We tend to do this automatically which can have a positive or negative effect on interactions, relationships and life.

The ladder of inference by Argyris and Senge and published in the book ‘The fifth discipline’ provides a framework for the mental process used to understand how we interpret the wold around us and how we can interpret the world around us in new ways. 

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Consider the ladder of inference

The ladder of inference can be applied in all aspects of life, communication, interactions and relationships. Take some time now to consider a situation or experience where the ladder of inference might have automatically fueled action.

Ladder of inference – Take some time now to consider a situation or experience where the ladder of inference automatically fuelled action.  Apply reviewing the ladder using curious questions and/or seeking alternate information for this same situation. 

Capture the situation or experience, and your application.

Go to page 3, activity 4 in your workbook. 

Climbing down my ladder reshaped how I view situations and engage with others.

Paul