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BENEFITS OF SOT LESSONS
Be more mindful of opportunities
Be resilient and better at solving problems
Enjoy making much better decisions
Be more effective at planning ahead
Get much better measurable results in life
Be more interesting to other thinkers
Find it easier to be innovative and creative
Why are the better thinkers getting the better jobs?
It’s because better thinkers are creating value.
They are getting the job done without creating a fuss. They are getting on with others. They are co-operating and solving problems.
They are mindful of creating opportunities. They use their brainpower to give their employer a much better return on payroll.
Better thinkers are more job-friendly. Employers prefer better thinkers.
On any given day in any given business there are value fountains and value drains.
That day the value fountains created value for the shareholders.
The value drains depleted shareholder value on that day.
The job of the CEO is to multiply the number of value fountains by ten. That’s why CEOs offer better jobs to better thinkers.
“What everyone in the world wants is a good job. A good job is a job with a paycheck from a steady employer with 30+ hours per week … however, in many cases there is no hope of getting one.”
– Jim Clifton, Chairman of Gallup
“We have no idea what the jobs market will look like in 2050.”
– Professor Yuval Harari
A wicked problem is one which cannot be solved using human logic, our current and dominant way of thinking.
The rapid acceleration of global climate change, the unprecedented scale of the nuclear threat and the rising hegemony of artificial intelligence are all examples of wicked problems that cannot be solved with logic.
At the level of human2human relationships, many causes of daily conflict are not solved but even exacerbated by binary I-am-right-and-you-are-wrong logic-style thinking.
Logic is natural to the human brain’s limbic system because it is driven by the emotion of fear. In particular, the fear of ‘mistakes’.
In contrast, lateral thinking is not natural to the human brain. It is counter-intuitive. It requires re-wiring. Rather like driving a car, It must be acquired as a skill with deliberate practise and repetition over time.
Lateral thinking is a skill that we should be teaching our children … because they are going to need it!
In this recent DEAKIN University Talk Dr Michael Hewitt-Gleeson draws attention to “the greatest problem on Earth”.
It’s a wicked problem that’s a hundred times bigger than the problem of global warming and many orders of magnitude greater than the problems of health, water or population. It’s also the greatest opportunity on earth!
If you have 2 minutes you can eavesdrop in on the greatest problem on Earth …
Without any doubt whatsoever, cvs2bvs combined with x10 is just about the most powerful concept I have ever come across. When I first read about this brain app, it was like a very bright light switching on in my mind. I intend to make this idea a permanent part of my everyday life. - Secondary Teacher
For instructional purposes, the human brain is often called the triune brain because it has three layers that evolved over many thousands of generations.
The reptile brain runs the automatic body systems.
The mammal brain is the emotional brain.
The human brain is the thinking brain.
(The ‘triune model’ is not literal but is metaphorically useful)
Your inner-most, smallest and most ancient reptilian brain may well be your most treasured possession. It controls everything you value most, your life systems. It runs your body temperature, blood sugar levels, heart rate and blood pressure, your respiration, releasing hormones for all the daily house-keeping and maintaining homeostasis or balance. Your reptile brain regulates deep evolutionary maintenance and self-healing. It’s hard-earned digital wisdom has been curated over the course of a million successful generations. It’s IP value in dollarized terms is simply priceless.
Your life systems reptilian brain is in constant conversation 24/7/365 with your emotional mammalian brain. Your wide repertoire of emotions ranging from fear, anxiety and anger to sexual longing to surprise, joy, sadness, trust and disgust. These are all triggered and/or switched in the mammalian brain. These mood changes and emotional switches are in sync with high speed parallel processing in the reptilian brain. The reptilian brain can stimulate the mammalian brain … and, of course, vice versa.
Enter your BIG human brain! This newest brain, the neocortex, is also in conversation 24/7/365 with both the older brains. As you would expect, their conversations can stimulate responses in the human cortical brain … and, again, vice versa. All three evolutionary brains are in constant digital engagement up and down the neuronal layers of the triune brain (reminder that this is not literally accurate but is practically so, metaphorically).
So what does this mean to you on a daily basis? It means that real fear and imagined fear both work the same way in stimulating stress responses in the triune brain.
When you are walking alone through Hyde Park at night and you suddenly hear a sinister sound behind you, your heart will suddenly pump faster, you will be flooded with adrenalin and other stress hormones, your blood pressure will spike and your skin will crawl. You will have a stress response whether Jack the serial killer is actually there … or not.