You are invited to SEBN’s Christmas Industry Breakfast – Sandown Race Course (Committee Room) Enter at Gate 15, Sandown Road off Springvale Road. (Melways: Map 80 C10)
••• Bookings essential. Please contact:
Sandra George,
South East Business Networks, 4th floor, 329 Thomas Street, Dandenong 3175

• Tel: 9238 1576
• Fax: 9706 9543
• Email:

‘Software for your Brain’


Michael Hewitt-Gleeson

What is your ‘necktop personal computer’?
How much software do you have?

Dr Michael Hewitt-Gleeson first coined the phrase ‘necktop personal computer’ in his best-selling book Software for the Brain which shows how our brain is the ultimate personal computer. “But”, he says, “we are a little short on software!’ In this presentation you will be given the Universal Brain Software—cvs2bvs–and it only takes one second to use.

Dr Hewitt-Gleeson has worked with a cross section of eminent leaders of both Australian and international companies on innovation – including Jack Welch of GE – the most famous advocate of cvs2bvs in the US. Jack used it at GE to help him change the culture of a 100-year-old manufacturer to the most valuable company (at the time he left) in the history of the world! He wrote: “I would love to have a management team that really understood the cvs2bvs equation. It’s the ‘value-added’ role in the management process”.

Who uses cvs2bvs?

• triathletes to get better (and ‘better’ means more clever) at swimming, cycling and running
• scientists for better researching and designing better experiments
• any one to get better at relationships and parenting

You can use it to become better at listening, better at solving business problems, better at selling, better at creating opportunities, better at making decisions, better at handling family matters, better at dealing with personal situations, better at getting better, better at anything!

Dr Hewitt-Gleeson is a cognitive scientist who co-founded the School of Thinking (SOT) with Edward de Bono in New York in 1979 which is now on the internet In 2007, more than one million thinking lessons were exported online from Melbourne to SOT members in 46 countries.

For those willing to change their thinking paradigms we encourage you to join us and bring your staff, customers and suppliers and take advantage of this international speaker on lateral thinking et al.

••• Bookings essential. Please contact:
Sandra George,
South East Business Networks, 4th floor, 329 Thomas Street, Dandenong 3175

• Tel: 9238 1576
• Fax: 9706 9543
• Email:

Thursday, 4 December 2008

• Breakfast: 7.15 (for 7.30) – 9.00am
• Workshop: 9.15am – 10.30
• Cost: $45.00pp breakfast and workshop (inc GST)

SOT Principal, Michae Hewitt-Gleeson, personally conducts advanced leadership training with a focus on Leadership Thinking and Strategic Thinking.

There are ten positions open for the next intake of SOT Leadership Training which will start on 01/12/08 and finish on 31/12/08.


If you would like to be considered for this intake you will need to personally commit, on your honour, to do one DFQ each day or 5 DFQs a week for 4 weeks. Less than that will not qualify you for this training.

To express your interest write to Michael here.

Sent in from an SOT member:

There’s a story of a conversation Bill Clinton had with Edward de Bono a couple of years ago, when they were both in Hong Kong.

Bill asked Edward his opinion of what, in an ideal world, ‘the perfect nation’ would look like.

De Bono is said to have replied:

It would have an ethnically diverse population of twenty to twenty-five million people. English would be the national language. It would be religiously and economically liberated, have a democratic form of government and a vigorous free press. I’d locate it somewhere along the Pacific Rim. It would have a young history and an optimistic outlook. And a generous climate that lent itself to encouraging all its people – rich or poor – to enjoy the wonderful free gifts nature has to offer.

‘Sounds wonderful,’ Clinton wistfully remarked. ‘What would you call it?’ he asked.

‘Oh, Mr President, I wouldn’t change its name,’ de Bono replied. ‘”Australia” will do fine.’

But what is “Australia”? … click through here to find out more …

The Gallup Poll at Princeton has successfully predicted the outcome of US Presidential elections since the 1930s.

Although the outcome of the recent election was, itself, not a difficult prediction to call it was much more difficult to estimate the percentage of voter turnout in this election because it was so much different to the norm of around 50-55%.

55.2% 1972 Presidential – Nixon
53.6% 1976 Presidential – Carter
52.6% 1980 Presidential – Reagan
53.1% 1984 Presidential – Reagan
50.1% 1988 Presidential – Bush
55.1% 1992 Presidential – Clinton
49.1% 1996 Presidential – Clinton
51.3% 2000 Presidential – Bush
55.3% 2004 Presidential – Bush

• Source: New York Times

Using Gallup’s world-renowned scientific polling technique they predicted before the election that the US turnout would be 64%. The post-election result was 64.1%.

Not a bad call!

My mentor, Professor George Gallup, was acknowledged worldwide as one of the greatest leaders of change. George was also a wonderful American gentleman and a very nice man. He was 84 when he died at his place in Switzerland in 1984.

He was the inventor of the Gallup Poll at Princeton and the designer of market research. He was the first to map the Human Meme Pool. George Gallup’s great personal wisdom was supported by his long experience of measuring, in scientific detail, the opinions of more people around the world than anyone else in history.

In The Miracle Ahead he wrote that:
Change cannot be brought about easily by leaders, except in those situations in which the changes advocated do not disturb present relationships. In fact, it is the leaders who typically become the most bitter and the most effective foes of change. The public, therefore, must take the initiative and assume responsibility for progress in the affairs of man. The public must force change upon its leaders (who) command more respect today than perhaps they deserve… The leader is expert in his small world as it presently exists, not expert in the world as it might be. Although he plays an important role in modern society, it is not realistic to expect him to advocate change. This is the surest way for him to lose his status … The hope of the future rests with the citizen. To be effective, he must be well informed, and he must discover ways of making better use of his own great capacities and those of his fellow man. He cannot expect his leaders to give him much help in his upward march.