100 Management Models & When to Use Them

Business Efficiency: 100 Management Models & When to Use Them

Did you know that a picture can paint a thousand words?

So when in business something can be portrayed in a model rather than in swathes of text, it can become a very powerful tool indeed.

Just to clarify, I’m referring to any models which can be used in different aspects of business life. Things like SWOT Analysis (you must have heard of that), Porters 5 Forces & The Boston Grid (that’s not a telephone exchange by the way, it’s a management model).

I love Models (you know the type I mean) because used correctly they can turn very complex problems into childs play.

Management Models are great efficiency tools and as that’s what this site is all about (getting a better return for your efforts), I want to give you a few to think about.

Well, 100 to be exact.

In the right hands these models will make a huge difference when used in the right situation.

In the same way as a builder, electrician or mechanic knows exactly which tools to use for which task in their professions, an experienced business consultant should have a similar ‘toolbox’ of models & tools.

Anyways, I’ve come up with the following list of 100 for now…

100 Management Models

  1. Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing
  2. MASLOWS Hierarchy
  3. Time-Boxing
  4. Resources-Master
  5. Pyramid Communication
  6. Pomodoro Technique
  7. Myers Briggs
  8. Type A / Type B
  9. Effective Meeting Management
  10. GROW
  11. Chunking
  12. Transactional Analysis
  13. Theory X & Theory Y
  14. SWOT Analysis
  15. Critical Path
  16. BOSTON Grid
  17. Risk Profiling
  18. Prince2 Risk Model
  19. Prince2 Project Management Model
  20. PMI Project Management Model
  21. MSP Programme Mgt Model
  22. Know/No Model
  23. PEST
  24. CMMI
  25. PMMM
  26. 6-Sigma
  27. DISC
  28. de-Bono’s 6 Hats
  29. Brainstorming technique
  30. Top Down vs Bottom Up
  31. 7 S Model
  32. Headroom Model
  33. Critical Success Factors
  34. Product Based Planning
  35. Traffic Lighting
  36. Earned Value Management
  37. Triple Constraints
  38. KPIs
  39. Chain of Conversion
  40. Sales Funnel
  41. Sales Cycle
  42. Vision
  43. JIT
  44. Perception Change Surround Model
  45. Straw-Man
  46. Agile Delivery
  47. Early Warning System
  48. Interim Report
  49. 1-pager
  50. Golden Milestones
  51. Gantt-Chart
  52. Pie Chart
  53. Harvey-Balls
  54. Systems Theory / Analogies
  55. Stakeholder Map
  56. Proof of Concept
  57. Sales – come to me
  58. Scarcity
  59. Drafting
  60. Follow-the-sun
  61. Business Process Modelling
  62. Mind Maps
  63. RACI Matrix
  64. Gods of Management
  65. Belbin
  66. Systems Diagrams / Wiring Diagrams
  67. SMART
  68. Communications Plan
  69. 3 I’s Stakeholder Model
  70. AIDA Sales Funnel
  71. ADAPT Interview Framework
  72. Porters 5 Forces
  73. Porters Value Chain Analysis
  74. Business Ecosystem
  75. Function Point Analysis
  76. Rate of Change & Preparing Org for Change
  77. Transilience Maps
  78. People, Process, Technology
  79. 4 Principles of the Marketing Mix
  80. Bounded Rationality
  81. International Product Lifecycle
  82. Internationalisation Process
  83. Corporate Innovation Indicators
  84. Seven Lateral Relationships
  85. 5 Star Model
  86. Management by Objectives
  87. Product Market Matrix
  88. Motivation-Hygeine Theory
  89. 5 functions of Management
  90. 5 dimensions of culture
  91. 5 Product levels
  92. buygrid framework
  93. 5 trust building blocks
  94. 6 buying roles
  95. SPIN interview framework
  96. SIER hierarchy of active listening
  97. ICKR follow-up cycle
  98. system dynamics
  99. 3 generic strategies
  100. 4 laws of media

When to Use Them

OK, OK. So here’s the kicker. I’m not about to tell you how & when to use each and every one of these tools right here and now. I don’t have the time or energy for that and if I did you would fall asleep anyway, probably before we reached number 10. Not because they’re boring, but there’s just too much to cover (obviously). You didn’t think I was going to tell you, did you?

Well – I am going to tell you when and how to use them.

Just not right now. What I intend to do is get through a good chunk of the above listed tools and do each one justice, because they deserve it and so do you. I’ll be preparing some presentations starting next week with one of my favourites, #1 (mainly because somebody asked me about that particular model last week).

ALSO: Please note that though we’re calling them management models, a lot of these are not just for management/business. Lots of these can also be used for life in general, social situations and to aid learning & understanding.

Questions and Actions

  • How many of these have you heard of already?
  • Do you use a lot of models such as those above in your business/work?
  • This list is subject to change – if I think of other great models I missed, I will add them but would like to keep to 100 Models so will probably do so by replacing some of those above keeping it as a list of the 100 most effective & efficient business models I can come up with – if you know of any which you think should be on the list I’d really appreciate it if you let me know.
  • Feel free to Google any of the above and I’m sure you’ll be able to find lots of information on most of them (you won’t find information on all of them as a few of these are actually my own models & techniques I’ve used over the years). This action alone could be everything you need (with the ALL-POWERFUL Google these days sometimes all you need is a name).
  • Finally – as I said I’m going to start with the Forming, Storming… model very soon but if you’d like to know more about a particular model let me know and I’ll bump it up the list 😉


100 Management Models & When to Use Them — 10 Comments

  1. I expect you to have a link for each of those models which go directly to the defenition and examples of how they are used.
    Of those you listed, i know only a dozen or so. One of which you told me about. Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing. I have been reading up about MASLOWS Hierarchy which i don’t know just fascinates me.

    • Patience Annie, patience.

      Forming, Storming… coming up shortly.

      It’s taking me longer to format the presentation than expected but I’ll post it this week, then just 99 more to go!

  2. There are only a couple on here that I know. And of those ones, I’m only a little familiar with them. I’d say that I know the forming, storming, norming and performing one best. I’ll have to look some of them up though.

    By the way, I saw a funny t-shirt that reminds me of this post. It has one sentence that says, “Economists do it with models”. It made me laugh.

  3. Well, I thought you were going to explain each one of them! Think about it, about a 100 posts all ready! 🙂

    I read till 67 and I counted – I know about 30 till 67; so now you do the maths! But yes, there are some that look interesting and I have no idea about. Will have to check them out.

    • Hey Hajra,

      any you’re particularly interested in hearing more about?

      Wait until you see the first before you get an impression of if I can explain all 100. You’ll probably think I’m nuts because I already know these are going to take a TONNE of work to put together – but I know from experience that it’s really useful stuff if applied correctly so we’ll see if I can successfully get that across.

      30/67 – not bad, I’m impressed. Thanks for the comment!

      take care & best wishes,

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