What techniques do people use in the most extreme situations to make decisions? What can we learn from them to help us make more rational and quick decisions?
If these techniques work in the most drastic scenarios, they have a good chance of working for us. This is why military mental models can have such wide, useful applications outside their original context.
Military mental models are constantly tested in the laboratory of conflict. If they weren’t agile, versatile, and effective, they would quickly be replaced by others.
Military leaders and strategists invest a great deal of time in developing and teaching decision-making processes.One strategy that I’ve found repeatedly effective is the OODA loop.