Today I’ve been invited to address the 800 students and teachers of the Senior School of St Michael’s Grammar School at The Astor Theatre in St Kilda, Melbourne (a wonderful Art Deco theatre that the school recently purchased).

I ‘ve been asked to talk about “Diversity in Thinking”.

In 1983, School of Thinking originated the idea of ‘Six Thinking Hats’ to show that there is more than one way of thinking–logic. Today, after more than 25 years of teaching thinking and training teachers of thinking around the world, it is plain to me that there is a vast, virtually unlimited, number of ways of thinking (for example, see this Wikipedia list).

There are not just 6 thinking hats, nor 60 thinking hats nor even 600 thinking hats, there are in fact many, many more … at least 6 billion thinking hats on Planet Earth!

To get you started, here are over 100 THINKTIPS reprinted from my book THE X10 MEMEPLEX: Multiply Your Business By Ten! (Prentice Hall 2000):

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ESCAPE: How can I escape?
“Help! I’m trapped. How can I escape?” This is the cry of the thinker. Why? Because THE most difficult feat of thinking is to escape from your point-of-view. All of us are trapped in the special world we create for ourselves in our brain, our own unique viewpoint, our CVS. Your world and my world are different. You are trapped in your CVS as surely as I am trapped in my CVS.

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PASADENA, Calif. — A NASA spacecraft today sent pictures showing itself in good condition after making the first successful landing in a polar region of Mars.

214681main_phoenix_landing-th.jpg The images from NASA’s Mars Phoenix Lander also provided a glimpse of the flat valley floor expected to have water-rich permafrost within reach of the lander’s robotic arm. The landing ends a 422-million-mile journey from Earth and begins a three-month mission that will use instruments to taste and sniff the northern polar site’s soil and ice.

“We see the lack of rocks that we expected, we see the polygons that we saw from space, we don’t see ice on the surface, but we think we will see it beneath the surface. It looks great to me,” said Peter Smith of the University of Arizona, Tucson, principal investigator for the Phoenix mission.

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Yesterday, in Canberra, I was invited to work with a very interesting and unique group of leaders of leaders.

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These were 24 men and women–Australia’s creme de la creme of the current generation of military leaders. All were recently promoted to General, Flag or Air rank (Generals and equivalent) rewarding outstanding Army/Navy/Air Force careers in war and in the field. They have been promoted to Canberra and will be leading Australia’s defence for the next decade.

What a dream class! They dived in without hesitation to the session and I was able to challenge them with stuff that one rarely gets the chance to use in even the most senior of business groups. I did have fun.

I asked an Iraq War veteran if he could explain succinctly what was the kind of warfare the coalition were up against in Iraq. Here he gave his ’25-words or less’ lesson in warfare. He said, “The enemy have 27 million targets. We have 1000 targets. That’s the problem we are working to solve”.

We all have our problems, of course, but that’s a REAL problem to have to solve!

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Supernova remnant G1.9+0.3.
Supernova remnant G1.9+0.3

The most recent supernova in our galaxy has been discovered by tracking the rapid expansion of its remains. This result, using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s Very Large Array, will help improve our understanding of how often supernovae explode in the Milky Way galaxy.

The supernova explosion occurred about 140 years ago, making it the most recent in the Milky Way. Previously, the last known supernova in our galaxy occurred around 1680, an estimate based on the expansion of its remnant, Cassiopeia A.

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