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Comments on the first iPhonebook, Bad Philosophy

Peter Dale, CEO of Volgren, Australia’s largest bus manufacturer. 
‘I just had another read of your new book, BAD PHILOSOPHY, on my iPhone. It’s truly such a great concept. Easy to read, punchy and fresh! Congratulations.’
 
Sir Gus Nossal AC FRS, Chairman of the Gates Foundation’s Discovery Expert Group.
‘I like its simplicity and its directness. I like the facets of humour. I like the design which makes it so easy to read.’
Andrew Bassat, CEO and co-founder of SEEK.
‘I’ve gone through it on my phone as suggested. A lot of interesting thoughts.’
Professor David Penington AC, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Melbourne.
‘A commendably ‘sharp’ and pointed document. Easy to read.’
Maria Deveson-Crabbe, 2014 Telstra Business Woman - Community and Government.
'So exciting. if we could de-operationalise bad philosophy (in the same way we avoid viruses and addictions) we would abound with a lot of extra energy for fun and work-life balance.'
Professor German Spangenberg, Executive Director of AgriBio Victoria.
‘I loved it! I couldn’t stop opening the file and reading it to the end on my iPad!'

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This iPhonebook has been purposefully designed

to be read on your iPhone. It’s free. Pass it on.

School of Thinking teaches X10 THINKING by helping you to understand some interesting and useful facts about basic cognitive neuroscience and the plasticity of your brain so you can upgrade your own thinking software … new apps for your brain.

Scientists call this “thinking about thinking” – metacognition.

The School of Thinking (SOT) Motto in Latin is:

NEMO NASCITUR SAPIENS ARTIFEX.

In English this motto is: ‘No-one is ever born a skilled thinker!’

••• Click through to the first School of Thinking lesson …

This is a basic question I keep asking my CEO clients and I have done so for several decades. What keeps you awake at night?

It’s interesting to note that CEOs of medium to large companies (1000+ employees) are usually pre-occupied with finding solutions for the same 4 or 5 problems.

1. innovation and creating new customers
 
2. getting and keeping people engaged in their work
 
3. global uncertainty and the unexpected
 
4. shareholder returns and capital issues
 
5. global expansion and growth.

These show a mix of the macro business environment which a CEO does not control, and company-specific challenges that require thoughtful CEO solutions with better strategic allocation of resources. It also points to the need for regular and unfiltered bottom-up input directly to the CEO.