What if Australia sold cleverness to China instead of coal?

Australia sells about AUD$20 billion dollars a year worth of coal to China. Prime Minister Tony Abbott used to claim that coal is good for China. Not everyone agrees. Many people think it’s time to give up smoking coal. It’s a health hazard.

Here’s a bvs!


What if the Clever Country sells Innovation to China?

Many Australians think cleverness is much better than coal. Australia can sell ten times the value of our coal sales in real Australian innovation assets to China. coal2clever. cvs2bvs.

With moonshot thinking. With a much bigger investment in science, in the CSIRO, in science and STEM education. With the inclusion of a Science Minister in the government. With a deeper engagement in the region Australia can become the Innovation Hub for South East Asia within ten years by 2025.



Seeing the Leader of China in America this week reminded me of last year when he came to Australia.

At that time, I was doing a masterclass with a client group who were senior value advisors to the Tasmanian Government. They were anticipating a visit to Hobart by the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, after the G20 in Queensland. Very exciting.
CHINESE President Xi Jinping will visit Tasmania in November. Picture: Munshi Ahmed/Bloom
We were comparing Chinese Thinking and English Thinking and, for those interested, these few lessons from School of Thinking might offer a comparison ...
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Eric M. Bienstock PhD is Vice Principal of the School of Thinking.

In New York City in 1980 Dr Bienstock was SOT’s first Graduate Thinking Instructor and was the first Chief Instructor of the School of Thinking. Later he became Managing Director of The Edward de Bono School of Thinking Inc.

He is an internationally recognized seminar leader, speaker and consultant on the subject of thinking.

Dr. Bienstock holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and a Ph.D. from New York University where he studied Mathematics, Education and Learning Theory. He also holds an Honorary Degree in Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the Psychoanalytic Institute for Clinical Social Work, and was formerly a Professor at New York University and at The City University of New York, as well as a teacher of Mathematics for the NYC public schools.

Eric’s work at School of Thinking was published in 30 newspapers in the USA in a New York Times syndicated column entitled, “It’s time to put on your thinking caps” (April 1, 1984).

His work has also been published in such diverse publications as Business Week (cover story), The Boston Globe, Bottom Line Personal, Chemical Engineering, New York Magazine and Science Digest.

He is the author of Creative Problem Solving (a cassette program published by Random Audio), Thinking: A Special Report (published by Boardroom Books) and Success Through Better Memory (published by Perigee Books, a division of GP Putnams), and the originator of 3-Minute ThinkingTM and Thinking for R.E.S.U.L.T.S.TM

– Contact Eric at SOT by clicking here.


Linda says:

I wasn’t fortunate enough to have any leadership training at work, although I was given leadership roles, so I really enjoyed this training. The most important thing I have taken away from it is the various ways to think about the thinking of those you are leading. It will open me up to different ways of thinking!

Nic says:

Leadership training had always seemed vague to me. My BVS is that leadership is simpler than I’ve been making it. The key difference I will take away is exactly what was taught. Create a pipeline for those I lead. Teach the skills of PTO and GBB. Doing this will make me a better leader and at the same time I can stop worrying about this ‘mystical’ thing called leadership.



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.




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.