THERE’S NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME

TO BECOME A THINKING INSTRUCTOR!

If you enjoyed x10 THINKING and find it both interesting and useful in your life then you are qualified to apply for this Advanced Thought Leadership Certificate (ATLC) training and have your name registered on SOT’s Roll of Thinking Instructors.

Thinking Instuctor training is leadership training and can be undertaken by any interested SOT member and is under the personal direction of Michael Hewitt-Gleeson.

How Can I Apply?

Application: If you wish to apply just write to Michael by clicking here.

If you can find a way to multiply your thinking skills by ten and also multiply your selling skills by ten, then you will also find that you have–as a result–multiplied your leadership skills by ten. This can be done through daily training and coaching.

I look forward to personally working with you in this next class of Thinking Instructors SOT (TISOT). And, on the successful completion of your TISOT training, to present you with your TISOT Certificate.

cvs2bvs,

Michael

 

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Who Can Be A Thinking Instructor?

There are no special qualifications or responsibilities for being a Thinking Instructor other than a genuine interest in thinking and in teaching thinking.

Many Thinking Instructors are school teachers, business people, sports professionals, parents and neighbours. There are four different types of Thinking Instructors:

• Self: Those who simply want the training for themselves. Who want to practise the skills in their own life for personal advancement, cognitive skill and well-being.

• Family: For teaching the skills to one’s family and friends and as a forum for family discussions to avoid conflict and deal with family crises.

• Business: Sharing the skills with colleagues, workmates, associates and clients to solve business problems and explore potential commercial opportunities. Also to find ways to cut costs and increase revenues. To raise morale and communications through employee participation and involvement in decision-making.

• School: Practising the skills in classrooms to accelerate learning and discussion skills and even, where possible, to teach THINKING as a separate curriculum subject.

– The above quote is from the Learn-To-Think Coursebook and Instructor’s Manual co-authored by Edward de Bono and Michael Hewitt-Gleeson de Saint-Arnaud (Capra/New, Santa Barbara USA, 1982, ISBN 0-88496-199-0). In 1982, Michael and Edward co-authored this book which became a cover story on all global editions of Readers Digest (at that time, the world’s highest-circulation magazine with 68 million readers) and SOT launched the biggest program in the world for teaching teachers-of-thinking.

Why “Thinking Instructors”?

Michael originated the idea of training thinking instructors when he co-founded School of Thinking with Edward de Bono in 1979 in New York.

Edward was very keen on the ‘train-the-trainer’ model and described it as ‘brilliant‘. He wrote to Michael from Cambridge (where he was a Professor of Investigative Medicine) saying, “training instructors has much more motivation”. After much discussion and planning, they decided to combine Michael’s CAP Train-the-trainer 6 principles with Edward’s CoRT Thinking syllabus and they started the School of Thinking on November 17, 1979 in New York.

The first intake for Thinking Instructors (TISOT) graduated in March 1980 in New York. One of the original graduates was Eric Bienstock who became the first Chief Instructor SOT and is now Vice Principal of the school.

What are Thinking Instructors?

The idea behind the School of Thinking’s ‘Thinking Instructor’ concept is threefold:

1. Thinking is a skill. It can be taught and learned like other skills.
2. The skills are designed to be simple, robust and effective. They are easy to teach and easy to learn.
3. Anyone who is interested can teach these skills to anyone who is interested in learning them.

As mentioned above, there are no special qualifications needed to learn SOT thinking skills and there are no special qualifications needed to pass on the skills as a Thinking Instructor. Having said that, SOT is also willing to list on our site those members who have completed the qualifying series of SOT training courses listed below and to issue them with the Thinking Instructor SOT (TISOT) Certificate.

•• Click to download a Sample Certificate

If you enjoyed x10 THINKING and find it both interesting and useful in your life then you are qualified to apply for this advanced training and have your name registered on the Roll of Thinking Instructors.

How Can I Apply?

Application: If you wish to apply just write to Michael by clicking here.


SOT Instructor Certificate - 38 Lessons


• What is Thought Leadership and Leadership Thinking?

Thinking is the skill of leading your self. Leadership is the skill of helping other people to lead themselves. Like all skills, both leadership and thinking can be learned and developed.

Thought Leadership and Leadership thinking include the collection of strategies, tactics and skills that are used to train anyone who wants to become a much better thought leader and leadership thinker.

• Personal Training

This is my personal approach to leadership. There are many ways to approach this subject and, since you are interested in it, you've no doubt got ideas and experiences of your own to contribute. 

• Opt-in/Opt-out 

One of the great benefits of the online environment is the flexibility, convenience and autonomy it gives us. I also like the freedom of opt-in and opt-out. No pressure. No stress. If you like it you do it. If you don't like it you don't do it.
 
• Act of Will

However, even if you like the training it still takes an act of will on your part to persist with the lessons, invest the time and do the DFQs.

• 30 Days

The commitment in this training is 30 days. (5 DFQs x 4 weeks). When you complete all the DFQs you will qualify for the Advanced Thought Leadership Certificate (ATLC) which I will send you personally.

• Leadership Mood

Try to make your leadership training as enjoyable and as much fun as possible. From a cognitive point of view, mood is very important. Choose to enjoy your training. Try not to think of it as a chore. The leadership attitude is like the attitude you have when approaching an honours course or membership in an A-Team. Doing the training is good. Doing it with a leadership attitude is much better.

• The Pipeline and Peel The Orange

In this 30-days there are two quintessential leadership concepts I want you to learn and practise. The strong versions are used in training Royal Marines and elite military leaders. In this appropriate version I call them the Pipeline and the Peel The Orange or PTO.
 
If you not only get your head around these two leadership skills but also start using them in this next month, then we will have accomplished some effective and tangible leadership goals which will have been of great personal value to you.

 

School of Thinking

Why a School of Thinking?

The School of Thinking seeks to make a difference in the world.

Since it’s foundation in New York in 1979, School of Thinking has disseminated over a half a billion thinking lessons worldwide. It is the first and oldest school on the internet and went online in 1995.

Today, SOT lessons are still open access and exported, from Australia, to members in more than 51 countries … 24/7/365.

 

How does the School of Thinking model work?

The School of Thinking is independent. It has an all-inclusive, swinging-door, opt-in/opt-out membership policy. Members come and go as they please. Anyone. Anywhere. Anytime. In 1995 SOT became the first online school on the internet.

Our viral training strategy has always been train-the-trainer. We are the longest-running program in the world and have been training Thinking Instructors continuously since 1980.

With whom is SOT affiliated?

SOT is free. It is an independent school. And so are the Thinking Instructors. SOT is not beholden to corporate sponsors, government grants nor to fundraisers. We do not have to meet public shareholders expectations. There is no cardinal, no censor, no imprimatur to tell us what we can say and what we cannot say. We use Wikipedia as our primary hyperlink resource for trainee due diligence and independent research.

DFQs = Daily Feedback

We also use DFQs – the daily feedback of our virtual campus – to inform our daily publishing effort. As a primary resource for our members SOT provides the coursebook, the lessons and training and the certificate for those who successfully complete the training and we list them on our Roll of Instructors. After that, Thinking Instructors are on their own and free to think for themselves, to experiment and to operate as they please.

As you would expect, SOT is neither traditional nor authoritative and does not seek to dictate a sets of rules for members to follow. The model is darwinian. It is is laissez-faire.

SOT does not offer to provide or manage affiliate programs or online community fora. Thinking Instructors are free to use the SOT tools within their own networks to start, train and lead their own independent groups with families, businesses, schools and communities and according to their own levels of energy and initiative.

SOT’s simple and robust design has proved to be a very successful model for long-term survival and with a less-inhibiting, faster and much wider spread of influence.

How do SOT members stay involved?

Since 1980 we’ve published weekly SOT newsletters as a regular resource. We keep members and instructors supplied with a steady flow of hyperlinked information, research, resources and ideas.

Practise. Repetition. Rehearsal. (PRR)

PRR is one of the four basic codes of SOT brain software (SDNT cvs2bvs QRH PRR). Members are encouraged to repeat the lessons as often as they can. Instructors may repeat the training anywhere and at anytime and also direct their students to SOT for online training 24/7.

We have three levels of training. Undergraduate, Graduate and Postgraduate.

There are SOT members and Instructors in over 50 countries since 1980. They are operating in boardrooms and on the shop floor. They work in universities and classrooms. They are parents, friends, professionals and adolescents.

There are now new cohorts of SOT Instructors in China, Italy and Brazil.

If SOT is independent then who funds SOT?

The SOT Model was created by Dr Michael Hewitt-Gleeson in 1979 and its design has been continuously evolved since then and privately funded by him with proceeds from his publishing, lecturing and consulting activities to business, government and academic institutions.

We have maintained our independence for over 35 years and have been able to survive the rapidly changing environment during this time by using this simple but robust train-the-trainer darwinian viral replication model.

In 2013 we began our evolution into the next phase. We have a new business partner who is helping to fund the program to disseminate the next half billion lessons.

 

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The School of Thinking is the only school in the world that utilises the hyperlink to accelerate the teaching of metacognition. It is the largest neuroplastic program in the world for:

  • teaching “thinking skills” and

  • teaching “teaching thinking skills”.

Edward de Bono, when first seeing the SOT model for the dissemination and teaching of thinking skills, described it as “brilliant”.

  • This school is pro-science, pro-business and pro-family. It operates in a non-sectarian, non-partisan, non-political precinct in cyberia.

  • School of Thinking (SOT) is an independent school for the direct teaching of thinking, creativity, innovation, thought leadership and cognitive science.

  • There are School of Thinking (SOT) Certificates in three levels – Undergraduate, Graduate and Postgraduate.

  • SOT training is available on an opt-in/opt-out basis for those who are interested. You may opt-in for training and lessons or opt-out at any time you choose.

  • The four main benefits to members are better: wealth, health, productivity and security.

In 2012, more than one million thinking lessons were exported online from Melbourne, Australia to SOT members in the following 46 countries: Australia, United States, United Kingdom, India, Canada, New Zealand, China, Malaysia, Netherlands, Germany, Philippines, Spain, South Africa, Singapore, Ireland, Sweden, Japan, Belgium, Uganda, France, Mexico, Nigeria, Finland, Israel, Korea, Republic of, Norway, Czech Republic, Italy, The Vatican, Egypt, Brazil, Europe, Austria, New Caledonia, United Arab Emirates, Romania, Hungary, Dominican Republic, Cambodia, Luxembourg, Thailand, Macedonia, Cameroon, Azerbaijan, Qatar and The Bahamas.

35 years ago I had an idea. That idea was to start a Learn-To-Think Project to train 300,000 ‘teachers of thinking’ around the world. I shared this idea with Edward de Bono who suggested we call this project the Edward de Bono School of Thinking and so we kicked it off in New York in 1979.

This project was so successful that it has led to the largest program in the world for the teaching of thinking skills in families, classrooms and boardrooms.

Even in China they are now training ‘teachers of thinking’ because they are beginning to realise that China’s greatest asset may be the potential brainpower of its families.

In business in the 80s, CEOs like Jack Welch of GE were among the first to see the value of innovation which could come from the brainpower of GE’s knowledge-workers. Since then, other companies like Apple and Google have followed suit and developed employee brainpower to deliver extra value to their shareholders.

Over the years, this Learn-To-Think Project has published an evolving range of cognitive technologies including CoRT thinking skills, Thinking Hats, universal brain software (cvs2bvs), English Thinking and the x10 memeplex.

In 1995 I put the School of Thinking (SOT) on the internet. This was the first school on the internet. It was also the first school ever to use hypertexttext with hyperlinks – as a teaching tool. We believe hypertext is one of the cleverest learning tools of the www era.

SOT began to send out millions of pro bono thinking lessons by email to students in over 50 countries worldwide and it still does this every day. Employees receive the lessons for free. We charge employers a modest fee. These brain technologies have reached over 100 million people worldwide since 1979.

In those first days the ethos of the internet was “Information wants to be free!” and SOT became the world’s first school for teaching thinking to anyone, anywhere and at anytime.

As Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the WWW puts it, “The spirit of the internet was not one of patents and royalties but of academic openness”. In 1997 SOT won the coveted ‘Top 5% of the Web Award’.

 

Today, SOT is the world’s oldest and largest program for the teaching of THINKING AS A SKILL. It is an online school whose mission is “Teaching the world to think”. There are two strategies for accomplishing this mission:

Members start off with x10 THINKING and then they may proceed to further advanced training. The training is designed to help each trainee to become a skilled thinker through daily practice in speed thinking, creative thinking, positive thinking, lateral thinking and new brain software.

This training is provided because it goes beyond judgement to design thinking. It helps to provide a balance to hard-edged, religious ‘critical thinking’–the 2,500 year old Aristotelian Logic and Platonic Truth which was exported by Europe, with missionary zeal, around the world during the last milenium and which so dominates Western thinking.

Today, thousands of SOT members in over 50 countries from diverse cultures, careers and age groups received their email lessons. Some surf the lessons on a superficial level, others wade through each one slowly and academically and, of course, there is every other kind of utility in between.

Like an intellectual smorgasbord, members take from the training what they are ready to take and they apply the brain software – neuroware – in their own way and on their own terms. Nothing is ever imposed on them, however, each individual member does get his or her lesson from Michael every single day!

  • SOT training changes lives.

  • In 1979, SOT originated the strategy of not just teaching thinking skills but training ‘teachers of thinking’ which has became the world’s largest movement for the teaching of thinking in schools.

  • In 1983, SOT originated the method of using ‘thinking caps’ for the teaching of thinking skills of which Edward de Bono wrote in Six Thinking Hats: “may well be the most important change in human thinking in the past 2300 years”.

  • SOT also originated the concept of ‘brain software’ for the teaching of thinking skills worldwide and for raising innovation intelligence. The basic brain software taught by SOT can be stated in ten keystrokes as cvsx10=bvs and has been described as “the simplest idea in the world” .

  • SOT designed, built and operates the The Core Subject which is the world’s fastest platform for raising the innovation intelligence of an enterprise–a family, a school, a corporation or a city or a nation.

To opt-in and get involved go to www.schoolofthinking.org and enrol with your name and email address if you want to start getting your First Ten Lessons. You can, of course, opt-out at anytime.

The Golden Rule: Never share private information! Ever!

Timewise, it’s interesting to see that the celebrated Greek thinker Plato lived in ancient Athens around 2500 years ago. Because just around the same time, in ancient China, lived another great thinker … K’ung Fu Tzu.

This ancient Chinese master started one of the world’s most successful schools of thinking and his memes have gone viral and spread around the world and infected even more people than the Western Platonic memes.

Master K’ung (or Confucius as he has come to be known in the West) developed positive memes on ethics, behaviour and relationships and devoted his thinking to finding better possibilities in the world. He was a great master of CVS to BVS thinking.

SELF x10

Confucius had an insatiable thirst for knowledge of antiquity. In his sayings, he rarely used negative prohibitions but preferred to offer positive memes on how to find a BVS if you wish to behave as a chun-tzu or gentleman. What moved him was no lust for power but the will to attain true mastery. If you seek ‘self x10’ then understand your strengths and develop them with practise and mastery. But he was no abstract philosopher. He saw the need to be both a man of thinking and a man of action.

“I hear and I forget.
I see and I believe.
I do and I understand”.
– Confucius

His nature strikes us as smiling, open and natural. He was a man of the world and of the street who was driven to find ways to help improve the human condition. He founded a school for future statesmen. He edited the classics. And, most significant of all he is credited with beginning China’s great explosion of thinking in all its breadth and potentiality.

As a teacher Confucius was always encouraging his students to learn. He also believed in the importance of daily training and practise.

The Master said:

Is it not pleasant to learn continually and then to put it into practice?

Regardless of how the world treated him, Confucius could still maintain a positive attitude and go on learning and teaching.

Like Confucius SOT also uses Practise, Repetition and Rehearsal (PRR) to teach thinking using tools like brain software cvs2bvs.

x10 thinking

We also develop and use advanced tools like the TRIIII cvs2bvs matrix below in some of our complex problem-solving workshop sessions with clients.

TRIIII: The Three Levels

Once you get started with the TRIIII there are three levels of XIO thinking: 1 to 10, 10 to 100, 100 to 1000.

start

1 to 10

10 to 100

100 to 1000

 

BRAIN PROGRAMMING INSTRUCTIONS

Key in a keyword of ten keystrokes (red)

Do that ten times (orange)

Do that ten times more (yellow)