1 • WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?  In the context of global education the biggest learning problem on Earth by far is the universal PFC deficit in teenage student brains.

The bad news is that the executive decision-making part of the human brain, the Pre-Frontal Cortex (PFC), does not finish developing until the mid-twenties. This evolutionary fact means that (compared to the mature adult brain) the adolescent human brain is exposed. To make matters worse, the neurotransmitter dopamine is particularly abundant during adolescence nudging the immature PFC to fast reward-driven behaviours. 

Because of this combination of high reward sensitivity and low behavioral control adolescents with PFC deficit may lack discernment and are often too quick to judge. PFC deficit can help explain why adolescents, with yet-to-be-developed willpower, may be more likely to risk driving faster or under an influence of peers, drugs or alcohol.

The serious problem is that adolescents may take more risks than adults even though they are much less adept at risk assessment.            More about the PFC Deficit problem and how it limits students here:

2 • IS THERE A SOLUTION?  Yes there is. School of Thinking (SOT) has a practical solution to the problem of universal PFC Deficit in student brains.

To help young brains survive and thrive the good news is that SOT has developed, tested and disseminated the universal brain software (cvs2bvs) with its powerful lateral algorithms that accelerate PFC development, not only in students but also in others.  More on the SOT brain software and how it compensates students here:

3 • WHAT IS THE METHOD?  SOT streams daily lateral thinking lessons to students’ smartphones.   More here:

4 • WHAT IS THE FEEDBACK?  Feedback from students and teachers here:

5 • WHAT ARE THE TESTIMONIALS?  What thought-leaders say here:

6 • WHAT ABOUT THE MEDIA?  Media comments here:

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The 4th Brain

The Better Brain for Better Thinking

Bad Philosophy

How to escape from logical thinking, today.


GE x10

Jack Welch multiplied GE from US$30 billion to US$300 billion in just ten years.

WOMBAT Innovation

Creating very clever ideas that people talk about.


The #1 Law of Success!


Change Your Sales Culture from OLDSELL to NEWSELL and Multiply Your Sales By Ten!

The NewSell Switch

Units of Service = uncheck2check.

Show Me The Money!

The DVR: Dollarization. Valuation. Return.


The AI Meme

If you don’t do your own thinking AI will do it for you.



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The Joseph Sayings

Who taught Jesus lateral thinking?


What they say …

Jack Welch, Chairman of GE (1981-2001).

I wish I had a management team that really understood Michael’s x10 thinking because It’s the value-added role in the management process.


Sir Gus Nossal AC FRS, Chairman of the Gates Foundation’s Discovery Expert Group.

I like its simplicity and its directness. I like the facets of humour. I like the design which makes it so easy to read.


Andrew Bassat, CEO and co-founder of SEEK.

I’ve gone through it on my iphone as suggested. lots of interesting thoughts


Professor David Penington AC, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Melbourne.

A commendably sharp and pointed document. Easy to read.


Maria Deveson-Crabbe, Telstra Business Woman, 2014.

So exciting. if we could de-operationalise bad philosophy (in the same way we avoid viruses and addictions) we would abound with a lot of x10 energy for fun and work-life balance.


Peter Dale, CEO of Volgren Marco Polo, Australia’s largest bus manufacturer.

I just had another read of your new book on my iPhone. x10 is truly such a great concept. Easy to read, punchy and fresh! Congratulations.


Professor German Spangenberg, Executive Director of AgriBio Victoria.

I loved it! I couldn’t stop opening the file and reading it to the end on my iPad!


Scott Wilson, CEO of iSelect.

Wombat selling has now become our corporate mission.


HE Count W. Brind Zichy-Woinarski Q.C.,

it gave me much pleasure to read it and brought back some of my father’s sayings and made me remember just how much he taught me.


Jason Crombie, Editor In Chief, Monster Children.

Love it. I like that it’s quick and easy to read, and the information is easy to digest. Makes me want to find out more about WOMBAT and x10.


Ross Campbell, Principal RCA Crisis Management.

Slamdunk! What good timing for this. A great read and very relevant values for the current market — who are confused and concerned.


Dr Graham Mitchell AO, Advisor to Australian Governments on Innovation.

Thoughtful, entertaining and memorable. Thank you for sharing your insights, Michael. Bloody marvellous!


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x10 Thinking gives you more.

More options. More hope. More mindfulness. More choices. More solutions. More value. More resilience. More ideas. More opportunities. More wellness. More resources. More futures. More happiness. More income. More customers. More revenues. More savings.

The synonym for x10 thinking is lateral thinking.

Although x10 thinking, lateral thinking, is not natural for humans it can be taught and learned.

x10 thinking is our best tool for creating value, our best hope for solving wicked problems, our best defense against imagined fears, fear of mistakes, fear of failure in career, business or job-related situations, fear of family crises, relationship conflicts, social media, fear of political or global issues etc etc etc.

There is nothing on Earth more powerful than lateral thinking. – Dr Michael Hewitt-Gleeson


x10 Thinking gives you more …










x10 Thinking makes you better …



Wealth: Better decisions = better bank balance

Your career, business, investment and commercial success is directly related to the quality of your decisions. Every day you make decisions that will either increase your wealth or decrease your wealth. x10 thinking will make you better.


Health: Poorer choices = poorer health

Your physical, mental and emotional health cannot be separated from the pattern of choices you make. Every hour of every day you are designing your future. If your designs are weak your future cannot be strong. x10 thinking will make you better.



Productivity: Faster strategies = faster results

The possibilities, options, strategies, tactics, pathways, networks and environments that are available for you to think about will either accelerate or inhibit your own personal productivity and results. x10 thinking will make you better.



Security: Deeper thinking = deeper security

Your survival and growth, in a darwinian sense, cannot be separated from how you make your decisions over time. If you don’t do your own thinking others will do it for you. These other people, institutions or authorities may not do it well at all or even in your best interests. x10 thinking will make you better.