Just imagine you owned the world’s most powerful iPod which could easily store a library of over 10,000 songs.

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Now, imagine you posessed only one Patsy Cline CD to load and play on your iPod. There’s nothing wrong with Patsy but a daily diet of I Fall To Pieces and Your Cheatin’ Heart limits your long term music entertainment.

Similar limitations apply to your necktop computer if you only possess one brain software–logic–available for you to use.

images-6.jpg Logic is useful enough for basic mathematics, labelling and mail-sorting and dealing with the past but it’s not nearly enough to help you cope with life and the challenges of the future.

THREE QUESTIONS (Write month/year in boxes)

1. Do you have access to a laptop, palmtop or desktop personal computer? If so, estimate when was the last time you added or upgraded the software?
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2. Do you have a sound system–a CD player, a vinyl turntable or an iPod/MP3 player? If so, when was the last time you added a CD or abum to your library, or some tracks to your playlist?
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3. Do you have a necktop computer–a brain? Yes, you do. When was the last time you added or upgraded your neuroware or brain software?
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THINK ABOUT THIS
If you were educated in the Western education system–Europe, the Americas, Australia etc–the brain software you are using, logic, is 2500 years old.

images-5.jpg The logic operating system was developed by Socrates, Plato and Aristotle in Greece around 500 BCE. It was picked up by the Church via Thomas Aquinas in the 13th century and embedded in its education system which was then spread, with missionary zeal, around the world. The Western education system, with its RIGHT/WRONG logic brain software, may be Europe’s greatest historical export.

REPOSTED AND UPDATED FOR AUSTRALIA DAY: In July SOT awards the Australian Thinker of the Year. The current recipient of the award is Kevin Sheedy. Since receiving the award he has published his biography Stand Your Ground and was the subject of ABC TV’s Australian Story The Big Picture Man
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SOT: Melbourne: An icon of Australian Football League, and widely acknowledged as the most innovative and influential coach, has been honoured as the 2008 Australian Thinker of the Year.

Player and coach for more than 40 years, with the unsurpassed record of eight premierships and 1000 games under his belt, AFL Legend Kevin ‘Sheeds’ Sheedy is presented with the prestigious award in a special ceremony at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) in Melbourne on Tuesday 24 June.

The Thinker of the Year award was created in 2005 by the School of Thinking (SOT) in conjunction with the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre to recognise the contribution Australian thinkers make both nationally and globally.

Dr Michael Hewitt Gleeson, Principal of SOT says, ‘Kevin Sheedy is a strategic thinker, a person that pushes the boundaries and consistently thinks outside the square. Previous recipients of the Australian Thinker of the Year award have originated from the medical and scientific world but this year’s award acknowledges Kevin as one of the great sports thinkers in Australia.

‘A man who has been at the forefront of the evolution of football, from encouraging young Aboriginal people to play the game or ‘dance on the right stage’ as Kevin puts it, to promoting and supporting players from other countries,’ Michael says.

These days Sheedy spends his time as AFL Ambassador developing the idea of an AFL World Cup and delivering powerful motivational sessions on positive and lateral thinking to corporate staff and management. He is also the co-author of six books.

Kevin Sheedy AM joins past Thinker of the Year award recipients, Professor Michael Georgeff (2005), Professor German Spangenberg (2006), and Professor Jenny Graves (2007).

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•• Click here for Network Ten News coverage of Sheedy’s award …

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Advanced Leadership Training

From time to time SOT conducts advanced leadership training with a focus on Leadership Thinking and Strategic Thinking. SOT has been conducting advanced leadership training since 1981 in New York. We have recently upgraded the leadership training.

Dr Eric Bienstock, was the first graduate of SOT Advanced Leadership Training. He graduated as a Thinking Instructor, and later Chief Instructor SOT. He became the first Managing Director of SOT in New York and Eric is now the Vice Principal SOT.

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INVITATION

You are now invited to participate in the next intake of Advanced
Leadership Training SOT
. There are no fees.

This is a 30-day leadership training program under the personal direction of SOT Principal, Michael Hewitt-Gleeson. For an insight into how his views on leadership have been informed by his personal experience you can click through here to read Michael’s story.

Members Comments
Click here to see what members are telling their friends about their SOT training …

Entrance
If you would like to be considered for this next intake, please express your interest by writing to Michael here.

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TENPOWER: The Powers of Ten – How can I X10 this?
images.jpg Tenpower is a measurement tool. Measurement is a very important skill for the brainuser to develop. It’s also a big help in finding a way out of our CVS.

For example, a BVS is a decimal of a CVS. A CVS is also a decimal of a BVS. In other words, they are related by powers of ten. Sometimes a BVS is ten times smaller than a CVS. Other times it is ten times greater.

The deliberate or habitual use of the number 10 is called Tenpower. Ten times better may be ten times more, or ten times less, or ten units forward or ten units back. It’s the deliberate use of tenpower as a provocation to get you to escape from your CVS.

Tenpower helps you to switch patterns of perception. That’s all. While it is not important that the number ten is accurately used, its use is a powerful escape mechanism.

Take an X10 leap with tenpower!

— See also X10 Thinking for business