2 thoughts on “The Invisible Mentor interviews Michael

  1. I recall a meeting being held to plan the various strategies for producing “Opera In The Outback” for the first time. One of the problems for the various professionals and tradespeople was working with the terrain. Power had to be provided for the music speakers and general facilities, which meant cables and poles. The generator had to provide the power without intruding on the concert stage or listening public. “It has to stay over the hill.”

    For that committee, a lot of time could have been spent talking around and around the question of placing and securing the power poles, but time was saved by one person asking the most important question, which really went to the heart of the problem.

    In three words he simply asked “Is it digable?” I’m not sure if there is such a word, but it brought the focus of the discussion to a peak when the answer came: “Yes.” There it was, problem solved, discussion time saved, the job could be done. This high powered meeting continued in that succinct manner and their brilliand planning achieved a memorable night.

    I think they all must have been students of SOT!

    To Michael,
    How do you find and develop the core questions to ask which take us further on that journey of CVS10BVS and which focus our thinking experience? Do you do a ‘practice run’ yourself or ask someone else to try it out?

    Thank you for this unique study – I tell eveyone I meet.
    Helen

  2. Dear Michael,

    First let me thank you for establishing probably the first and certainly one of the most important Massive Open Online Courses(MOOC’s) on the Internet.You were way ahead of the curve when you put SOT online.

    (Over the last two years I have completed four of your courses online. In 2012 Beyond Critical Thinking Certificate and Advanced Thought Leadership Certificate. In 2013 – Undergraduate Certificate in Metacognition and Graduate Certificate in English Thinking(awaiting Invoice and Certificate).)

    I have just re-read your interview with Avil Beckford – In particular your reponse to Avil’s Question:”What are three events that helped to shape your life?”
    I was particularly interested in your comment that in 1967 when you were conscripted into the Australian Army -“at the time I was halfway through a Degree in Melbourne”.

    I may have the facts wrong but my question is : Why did you NOT seek the deferment that was available to you to finish your Undergraduate Degree before entering the Army?
    Were you aware of Scheyville at the time? There must have been many possible outcomes at the time. Including the possibility of completing your first degree and continuing with a Masters or PhD in Australia that could have taken you up to 1971 when the Australian involvement in Vietnam was gearing down.

    If you did indeed have the option of deferment then what was your decision making process? Did you discuss your options with other people? Did you discuss the options with your father? Did you make an isolated unilateral decision?

    I suppose one of my points is that despite the best intentions and planning to some extent our lives can turn on one decision,one chance meeting, one discussion, one experience. For example if you are applying for a Job – your future for years to come could be be determined by what Jobs are being advertised that week.If you were searching for jobs a week later or a week earlier the result may have been very different. Or in your case -go to New York for a short stay and stay for 14 years.

    Best Wishes,

    Ian

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