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Welcome to the Knowledge Workers' Tool Room

"The most important thing for a manager to know about tools is that they are the bridge between work and working."

Peter F. Drucker

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The images below are tools for knowledge workers, especially OD, performance improvement, and management consultants.  They are frameworks for thinking about issues, concepts, ideas, problems, solutions and other matters encountered and dealt with in the workplace.  They shape thinking and they guide analysis.

The tools are primarily visual in nature.  Clicking on a thumbnail below reveals a larger image.  Clicking on the text below a thumbnail takes you to a one-page description of that tool.  Tool descriptions consist of the visual and a modest amount of text.  All one-page tool descriptions contain links to longer pieces for those who want more information. 

NOTE:  All one-page tools are in PDF format.

New tools are added from time to time and you will always find them at the bottom of the display.  The latest tool added will be the last one displayed.

NOTICE:  My book, Tools for Knowledge Workers, Vol 1, is now available on Kindle.  It is a collection of 12 visual thinking tools along with information explaining each tool and how to use it, including examples, and cases.  Chapter 1 presents each tool in a one-page format.  Chapters 2-13 discuss uses and applications of each tool.  You can access the book on Amazon by clicking on the book's cover image above.
Acceptance Cycle

Change Acceptance Cycle
Self Directed vs Other Directed Matrix

Self-Directed vs Other-Directed Matrix
Goals Grid

The Goals Grid
Urgent vs Important Matrix

Urgent vs Important Matrix
Solution Engineering Process

The Solution Engineering Process
Employee Engagement

Employee Engagement
Consulting Competency Circle

Consulting Competency Circle
Seven Elements

Seven Elements of Performance
Organizational Elements

Organizational Analysis Model
Action Motivation Matrix

Action-Motivation Matrix
Three Approaches

Three Problem-Solving Approaches
Effort to Results

Linking Individual Effort with Organizational Results
I and E Factors

P = f (I...E...)
Six Major Theories

Six Major Theories of Motivation
Organizational Renewal

An Organization's Rise, Fall and Renewal

The EL PASO Problem Solving Model
Bridging the Gap Graphic

Strategy: Definitions and Meaning
Three Kinds of Knowledge

Three Kinds of Knowledge
FF and Reinforcement

Force Field Analysis and Reinforcement Theory
Ben Franklin Job Aid

Ben Franklin Decision-Making Job Aid
Stakeholder Scorecard

Stakeholder Scorecard
Problem Solving Bases

The Problem Solving Bases
Strategy-Execution Matrix

Strategy-Execution Matrix
Performance Ecosystem

Performance Ecosystem
4D Followership Model

4D Followership Model
Sustainable Organization Model

The Sustainable Organization
Work and Work Control System

Work and Work Control System
Inside the Process Box

Inside the Process Box
Organization as Recurring Cycle of Events

The Infinite Loop Model of Organizations
Shift to Knowledge Work Table
The Shift to Knowledge Work
PCT 101

PCT 101: A Primer
Seven Secrets

Seven Secrets of Shared Success
Performance Domains

Performance In & of Organizations
Performance Puzzle

The Need for an Organizational GPS
Porters Five Forces

Michael Porter's Five Forces

OAR Cycle
The OAR Planning-Action Model
Power Pyramid
The Power Pyramid
Mix of Work

The Mix of Work
The Self Managed Employee
Energy Equations
The Energy Equations
Performance Sweet Spot

Performance Sweet Spot
OD Grid
OD Practitioner Grid
Goal Clarity

Goal Clarity
Strategic Decisions

Strategic Decision Making
7 Skills

Seven Skills of Knowledge Work
Energy Investment Model

Employee Engagement Communities
Gartner Hype Cycle

Gartner Hype Cycle
SmartDraw Logo

A Toolmaker's Tool
Actions Outcomes Matrix
Actions Outcomes Matrix

Five Kinds of Gaps

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This page last updated on October 4, 2015