Where to use Tenpower?

You can use tenpower anywhere. There’s no right place to use tenpower. Some people use tenpower to get started. Some use tenpower for fitness, practising skills and doing repetitions. You can use tenpower to solve problems, to create opportunities.

Writers can use tenpower to escape writer’s block. I use tenpower in teaching thinking skills. Business people use tenpower to plan ahead. Students use tenpower to do their research. Parents use tenpower to help in family discussions. Where can you use tenpower?

Why use Tenpower?
Putting-on a zero is a powerful thing to do. It is the quintessential provocation. It’s purpose is to provoke movement through the cognos, the universe of possible thoughts. It allows you to escape from your present position.

It’s a bit like using a helicopter. If you wanted to climb a mountain you might start from the bottom but then when you reach the summit you say Boy, if only we’d come that way it would have been easier. This is because the view from the top is different from the view at the bottom. If you had a helicopter you could fly to the top first, see the better way, and then go back and use it.

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SOT remembers Steve Jobs

“The School of Thinking changed when we got our first Macs in 1984,” says Michael Hewitt-Gleeson. “My friend, Peter Bensinger, and I literally ran to the store to get one each on the day they came on sale in Manhattan. I’ve continuously used Macs since then and have designed the online SOT on these Macs since 1995. Most SOT lessons were written and sent to SOT members from my Macs. SOT has evolved at the speed of Apple ever since. Today I run SOT from my iPad. There’s no doubt in my mind that without these unique, marvelous and elegantly designed tools that SOT would not be what it is today. We owe a great deal to the imagination and drive of Steve Jobs. We will miss him but not forget him.”

Steve Jobs Apple tribute

Escape. Search. Think.

Thinking is ESCAPE. Thinking is SEARCH.

Many cultures for hundreds of thousands of years have addressed this topic. There have been spiritual approaches, metaphysical approaches, philosophical approaches and, more recently, scientific approaches to this paramount question of homo sapiens … ‘what is thinking?’

My personal view of thinking, from 30 years of working in the field of cognitive science, is all about escaping and searching.

So, in the School of Thinking we teach that thinking is an acquired skill that can be learned and practised. There are natural cognitive patterns that are built in the brain through a combination of genetic history and cultural imitation and thinking skill is how we can learn to escape from these natural patterns and search for much better ones. This, after all, IS the scientific method.

I have condensed this scientific approach to the simplest expression of the Theory of Thinking: e + s = t.


Australian wins the Nobel Prize for Physics


FOR the first time since 1915, an Australian has taken home the Nobel Prize for Physics.

Astrophysicist Brian Schmidt last night became only the 12th Australian to win a Nobel prize, recognised for his ground-breaking research on supernovae and the expansion of the universe.

The Nobel jury announced that Professor Schmidt, 44, had won this year’s physics prize alongside fellow astrophysicists Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess of the US.

Brian Schmidt

“I’m in shock,” Professor Schmidt said after he heard last night he would split half of the $1.5 million award for physics.

The US-born Australian citizen will share the prize with his long-time friend and collaborator Professor Riess, an astrophysicist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and the Space Telescope Science Institute.

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de Bono’s First Thinker

Dr Michael Hewitt-Gleeson is the Principal and Co-Founder with Professor Edward de Bono of the School of Thinking. He is also the world’s first Doctor of Lateral Thinking.


Michael Anthony Hewitt-Gleeson de Saint-Arnaud (born Melbourne 1947) is an Australian cognitive scientist and author of the classic best-selling coursebook on neuroplasticity called Software For Your Brain (1989), ISBN 09473511088.

He first published his invention of the universal brain software known as the digital switch cvs2bvs or cvs to bvs in 1984 (NewSell, Boardroom Books, New York, 1984).

cvs2bvs is based on Hewitt’s-Gleeson’s First Law of Thinking which states: the current view of the situation can never be equal to the better view of the situation.

The Think Switch

For eight years (1977 to 1984) Dr Hewitt-Gleeson and Edward de Bono collaborated to launch a project to get THINKING taught in schools as a school subject. This was the Learn-To-Think Project and was first published in their textbook Learn-To-Think: Coursebook and Instructors Manual, ISBN 0-88496-199-0 which was co-authored by Hewitt-Gleeson and De Bono in 1982.

Their original textbook on thinking skills was featured as a cover story on all global editions of Readers Digest (article entitled Seven Steps to Better Thinking, April 1983) with a readership of 68 million readers in 70 countries and published in 21 languages. This global publication event was the widest ever distribution of thinking skills and remains so to this day.

To advance this project they created and co-owned several corporate entities: Edward de Bono & Associates Inc, New York (1977), The Cognitive Research and Training (CoRT) Foundation Inc, New York (1983) and The Edward de Bono School of Thinking Inc, New York (1983).

In 1983 they developed The Six Thinking Caps method for teaching thinking skills. In the Preface of a recent edition of Six Thinking Hats Edward de Bono acknowledges that their thinking hats method “may well be the most important change in human thinking for the past 2300 years”.

Today the School of Thinking (SOT) is an independent, pro bono school now based on the internet at www.schoolofthinking.org and operated from Melbourne by Hewitt-Gleeson. In 2009 SOT exported more than one million thinking lessons to members in 45 countries.

The World’s First Doctor of Lateral Thinking

Hewitt-Gleeson is an acknowledged world authority on lateral thinking who has four published titles on Lateral Thinking. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Science, International College, Los Angeles (1980). In 1980, Cambridge Professor Edward de Bono was Hewitt-Gleeson’s tutor for the world’s first PhD in Lateral Thinking in which he proposed The Theory of Newsell. His examiner was the distinguished Professor George Gallup, Founder of the Gallup Poll, Princeton. At that time Professor Gallup wrote, “Newsell may be the first new strategy for selling in 50 years”.

He has been a Council Member of The Leadership and Learning Council at Melbourne Grammar School since 2006. In 2005 he was appointed by Victorian Premier Steve Bracks as an Ambassador for Think Victoria and Club Melbourne. He is the first Visiting Academic Fellow in Innovation Thinking at the Biosciences Research Division of the Department of Primary Industries at La Trobe University (2007).


Hewitt-Gleeson is a third generation Australian returned serviceman following his father and grandfather who both served in the 2nd AIF in World War II.

Based on his military training and service as a Vietnam vet, Dr Hewitt-Gleeson utilised this experience to design a “train-the-trainer” strategy for School of Thinking. He contends that, compared to business training, military science has evolved, over thousands of years, some very robust training strategies because of the pressure of a much stronger bottom line. In the 1980s he was the first to apply these strategies to accelerate the dissemination and teaching of thinking skills in the Learn-To-Think Project in North America. This “train-the-trainer” strategy has now become the biggest and fastest growing model in the world for teaching metacognition. When Edward de Bono first saw it he described Hewitt-Gleeson’s model as “brilliant“.

Hewitt-Gleeson is one of only 1800 Australian national servicemen who shared in the Scheyville experience. He also served in the 1 ATF (1968-1969) during the Vietnam War. His military experience and awards include:

– Corps Medal, The Veterans Corps of Artillery (VCA), State of New York (New York 1990)
– Flying Officer, Royal Australian Air Force, (Melbourne 1969-1974)
– Language Instructor, Vietnamese and Allied Cultural Association (Vung Tau 1968)
– Vietnam Medal (Vung Tau 1968)
Vietnam Campaign Medal (Nui Dat 1969)
Jungle Training Centre, Canungra, Queensland, Australia, Graduate (1968)
Officer Training Unit, Scheyville, NSW Australia (non-graduate 1968)
Australian Active Service Medal (1995)
Australian National Service Medal (2002)

Australian Defence Medal (2007).

Dr Hewitt-Gleeson has been an international consultant on strategy and sought by organizations and corporations from the United Nations, and the White House to IBM, Fujitsu, BMW, Jack Welch of General Electric, AMP, Telstra, Vodaphone, Saatchi & Saatchi, Australian Institute of Sport and St Kilda Football Club. He has lectured widely in many nations including Canada, China, Bermuda, Indonesia, Tahiti, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Netherlands, Mexico, Spain, France, Israel, Japan, Italy, Greece, Malta, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia.

His work has been featured in Forbes, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Personal Success (cover story May ’91), Readers Digest, Wall Street Journal, GQ (cover story), The Australian, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The West Australian, BRW, Financial Review, Australian Anthill and many publications. He has been featured in numerous radio and television programs and internet blogs worldwide.

Hewitt-Gleeson is a best-selling author of books and numerous articles on lateral thinking, selling and leadership. His books are:

– Learn-To-Think: Coursebook and Instructor’s Manual (Co-author Edward de Bono) (1982), ISBN 0884961990
– NewSell (1984), ISBN 0932648568
Software For Your Brain (1989), ISBN 09473511088
– NewSell 2 (1990), ISBN 0947351221
– Software for the Brain 2: Handbook for Lateral Thinkers (1991), ISBN 0947351388
– THINK: An Action Program for Lateral Thinking (1993), ISBN 0947351515
– THINK AGAIN: A Brain Users Guide to Lateral Thinking (1993), ISBN 0947351515
– SELL: the lateral thinkers’ guide to selling and leadership (1993), ISBN 0947351639
– Clever: A Coursebook for Clever Thinking (1993) ISBN 0947351671
– The X10 Memeplex: multiply your business by 10! (2000), ISBN 0724801111
WOMBAT SELLING: how to sell by word of mouth (2006) ISBN 1740664280


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