Sir Robert Menzies, 12th Prime Minister of Australia on leadership thinking:

“A man may be a tough, concentrated, successful money-maker and never contribute to his country anything more than a horrible example.

A manager may be tough and practical, squeezing out, while the going is good, the last ounce of profit and dividend, and may leave behind him an exhausted industry and a legacy of industrial hatred.

A tough manager may never look outside his own factory walls or be conscious of his partnership in a wider world.

I often wonder what strange cud such men sit chewing when their working days are over, and the accumulating riches of the mind have eluded them.”

NASA hopes to find out this Thursday with its exciting LCROSS mission.

In an unprecedented scientific endeavor – and what may be one of the coolest space missions ever – NASA is preparing to fly a rocket booster into the moon, triggering a six-mile-high explosion that scientists hope will confirm the presence of water.

The four-month mission of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS), which will be directed from NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, is to discover whether water is frozen in the perpetual darkness of craters near the moon’s south pole.

As a potential source of oxygen for life support and hydrogen for rocket fuel, that water would be a tremendous boost to NASA’s plans to restart human exploration of the moon.

But the launch is scheduled for Thursday at Cape Canaveral, Fla. It was delayed a day to allow repairs to the space shuttle.

—Read the original article and watch the 11-minute video …

Here’s a selection of quotes from Dr Michael Hewitt-Gleeson, Principal of SOT. These ideas are from Michael’s best-selling books:
Software For Your Brain,
– The X10 Memeplex: Multiply Your Business By Ten!
WOMBAT Selling: How to sell by Word of Mouth.

These sayings represent his 40 years of international experience in the field of cognitive science and his personal philosophy and attitudes towards thinking, brain software, innovation, design, change, risk-taking and the development of intellectual capital across the business enterprise …

I often ask business leaders, “Why did you lose sleep last night? They reply that they worry about everything from “meeting quarterly targets” to “retaining good people” but there is a much bigger problem behind all of these. It’s the quality of the THINKING across their enterprise!

The most productive thing that any business leader can do is to ensure that all employees on the payroll are skilled thinkers about better ways to do their job.

The current view of the situation can never be equal to the better view of the situation. Innovation, change and risk-taking all involve two basic processes:
1. escaping from your current view of the situation, and
2. searching for a much better view of the situation.

Since Darwin explained the reasons 150 years ago, we know that it’s not the strongest or the largest that survive but it’s those best prepared to cope with change. Because business is about survival it must be about change. Because business is also about growth it must also be about continuous change.

Google searches for the keyword “downturn” have quintupled and 2009 will be a world of tight budgets. Two of the biggest costs will be: payroll + marketing. So, two of the biggest returns will need to be: 1. return on payroll, and 2. return on marketing. In 2009/10, to survive brutal economic conditions and grow their business, senior management will be focusing on payroll optimisation and marketing optimisation.

What are your strengths? Take some time to explore your strengths and what you can do to build on them.

The thousands of knowledge-workers already on the payroll represent the greatest asset of the enterprise, it’s intellectual capital. When the doors close these assets go home. They return the next day to open the doors and do the company’s business. Every day, their most valuable output across the enterprise is: decisions.

Each one of these decisions has consequences which directly impact on the bottom-line. Each decision either costs the company a dollar or makes the company a dollar.

On a postcard or deluxe writing paper (not email), write a short personal note of encouragement (around 10 to 100 words) to someone who sees you as their leader. Your note will make a big and instant difference.

When it comes to the productivity of an enterprise, two heads are better than one. That means communicating and collaborating on the internet via emailing, blogging, peer2peer sharing, googling and the clever use of tools like Wikipedia, Facebook, Myspace, Bebo, Twitter, Linkedin and Second Life.

The clever company must have a sense of humour. It must have a culture that encourages surprise, experimentation, risk-taking, mistakes, learning and the never-ending quest for quality.

Quality is better. Quality is improvement. Quality is excellence. The habit of quality is the habit of searching for a better way, a better possibility, a better view, a better choice, a better alternative, a better outcome, a better attitude, a better opinion, a better life. It’s also fun to do.

In life there are two kinds of theories and two ways to accept them. One kind of theory is supported by evidence and can be accepted through observation. The other kind is not supported by evidence and must be accepted on faith. The traditional theory of selling (which I have called ‘oldsell’) is based on a long-held fundamental belief about selling/marketing that is unsupported by evidence. It can be summed up in one simple sentence: The salesperson closes the sale.

There is no evidence to support this theory so it is accepted on faith and taught to young salespeople in Australia, the US and many other countries around the world.

For 30 years I have been spreading what I call the ‘newsell’ option. Newsell is an alternative theory of selling/marketing that can be measured so it can be accepted by observation.

Newsell works on the following premise: The customer closes the sale.

BBC:
Sleeping on a problem really can help solve it, say scientists who found a dreamy nap boosts creative powers.

They tested whether “incubating” a problem allowed a flash of insight, and found it did, especially when people entered a phase of sleep known as REM.

Volunteers who had entered REM or rapid eye movement sleep – when most dreams occur – were then better able to solve a new problem with lateral thinking.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has published the US work.

—Click through to original article …