A Democracy of Choices?

Once upon a time in America, there were three Presidential Candidates all running for the highest office in the land and all representing the range of possible choices for the Electors of America.

Choice One – Sitting President George H. Bush Sr – Republican

Choice Two – Contender Bill Clinton – Democrat

Choice Three – Contender Ross Perot – Independent.

Here they are at the Presidential Debate. What is so absurdly odd about this picture?

Answer: They all look like schoolboys from the same school. Same uniforms: same shoes, same suit, same shirt, same tie. It’s as if they all had the same consultants telling them what to wear, what to say, what to do.

Tch. Tch. Democracy at the lowest common denominator.

SOT Pedagogy: Why the DFQs?

“Whatever you train every day will give you virtuosity and get the best results. If you use daily personal training in customer service, you will get virtuosity in customer service and get big measureable results in customer service. If you use daily personal training in innovation, you will get virtuosity in innovation and get measureable results in innovation. If you use daily personal training in profit strategies, you will get virtuosity and measureable results in profit strategies”.

– Dr Michael Hewitt-Gleeson, The XIO Memeplex: Multiply Your Business By Ten (Prentice-Hall).


Yes, the lessons are provided to you free. There is no charge to you for the training.

Just register your name and email in the place provided at the top right of the page and a confirmation email will be sent to you immediately.

Then, click the confirmation link in that email and your First Lesson will arrive … and another lesson … every day. There are 38 lessons.

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4 Very BIG Reasons to Enrol Yourself Today in These Free Thinking Lessons …

1. Wealth:

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.

Better decisions = better bank balance

2. 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.

Poorer choices = poorer health

3. Productivity:

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.

Faster strategies = faster productivity

4. 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.

Deeper thinking = deeper security

Which of these four reasons is most important to you right now?

Your wealth? Your health? Your productivity? or Your security?

Why not enrol yourself in the first lesson?

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Just register your name and email address in the place provided at the top right of the page and a confirmation email will be sent to you immediately.

Then click the confirmation link in that email and your First Lesson will arrive, and another lesson every day. There are 38 lessons.

Double Your Speed of Thought

cvs2bvs is a powerful cognitive switch: from cvs to bvs.

cvs2bvs is the killer app for doubling your speed of thought.

JACK WELCH, CEO of GE used cvs2bvs as an enterprise solution to accelerate the transformation of GE from a 100-year-old slow-thinking monolith to a fast-thinking modern business with a growth surge of 4000% in shareholder value. He said,cvs2bvs is the simplest idea in the world!” Jack understood the power of cvs2bvs as a killer business management app. He wrote: “I wish I had a management team that really understood the cvs2bvs equation because it is the value-added role in the management process”.

cvs2bvs is software for the brain which is based on The First Law of Thinking derived from modern cognitive science and our understanding of the differences in attention favoured by the two separated hemispheres of the brain.

The left brain favours inside-the-square thinking and the right brain enables outside-the-square thinking. The cvs2bvs brain app enables you to switch from left to right. From past to future. From inside to outside. From preferable to possible. From slow to fast. From good to better. From old to new. From cvs to bvs.

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Hardly any faculty is more important for the intellectual progress of man than ATTENTION. Animals clearly manifest this power, as when a cat watches by a hole and prepares to spring on its prey.

– Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man (1871)


Let’s talk about attention.

But first a small experiment.

INSTRUCTION: As soon as you have finished reading this sentence, turn your head around about 180 and describe something you can see that is coloured green and does not belong to you.


OK. Here’s the point. Once you look in a direction it’s easy to see what is there. Here’s how it worked:

1. I gave you the cue above to turn your head and look for something specific
2. You turned your head and looked
3. You saw.

I don’t know where you are right now but most readers would have been able to carry this experiment out successfully, once you decided to look.

Here’s the special insight that I would like you to get now as a result of this little experiment. It will help you get better use out of the cvs2bvs brain software. It’s this:




Managing Your Attention
Many people feel that if there is an opportunity somewhere – a BVS – why, they’ll see it and go get it. They assume the very presence of a BVS will make itself known to them, that it will attract their attention. But no, it doesn’t work that way. You have to direct your own attention.

BVSs are there all the time, you’re tripping over them all day long, literally hundreds of them, but you’re not seeing them. The reason you’re missing them is obvious: It’s impossible to notice a BVS if your attention on defending your CVS.

Attention is the gateway to consciousness. Attention is the business of your mind. Attention is the principal service provided by the management section of your brain which enables you to focus in and have a mind– for you to think about things.

How you move your attention around is very interesting. There are three distinct aspects of attention-directing in your brain:

1. disengagement: escaping from your present fixation of attention
2. movement: movement of attention across the cognos, the vast universe of possible thoughts
3. engagement: attending to a new object out of a competition of an infinite multitude of possible candidates.


The cvs2bvs brain software is designed as a switch that helps you to control your attention and move it around, especially when your attention is habitually focused on your CVS and its defence. CVS2BVS can help you disengage and move your attention away from your CVS and to engage it elsewhere on a BVS.

Pay attention! This is a command with which we are all familiar. We all heard it many times as children and we still hear it (if more subtly expressed) every day in business. We know what it means to direct our attention even though it is something we do inside our head.


For example:

– In a noisy cocktail party, you can hone in on one particular conversation.
– In a business presentation, while presenting to the room at large and doing justice to her presentation as planned, an account executive can shift the attention around in her vision to catch the expression on her executive client’s face while apparently staring intently at her audio-visual.
– A marketing professional can show you how to deliberately shift your attention away from your product-driven strategy to a better client-driven one and then you can notice the way the information before you rearranges itself.
– A habit of attention may mean that the first thing a hairdresser notices about you is your hair while a dentist may notice your smile instead.
– On arriving at O’Hare International airport, I can pick out my driver from the dozens of others waiting even though my name is badly misspelt on his sign.
– An over-critical parent can pick out the one mistake in a child’s work and not see that the child has accomplished a great deal.
– A shared goal, like Sir Bob Geldorf’s Band-Aid, can cue a diverse group of individual and even competitive entertainers to give priority to a certain event where otherwise they would all be paying attention to something else.
– A team leader can pull back the attention of her team to a project-in-hand after a distraction had drawn attention away.
– A specific motion put before the board can focus the attention of the directors after a long and wandering discussion.
– Most languages have a word like Achtung! which focuses one’s attention.


We experience attention as a filter that the management part of our brain applies to the flood of competing information that comes in from our senses.

Attention Disorders
Individuals who have suffered brain-damage can lose their ability to control their attention. Attention disorders are manifested in different ways depending on the nature of the damage. It can take the form of an inability to escape from a particular fixation and so they remain stuck in a viewpoint regardless of the demands of their environment.

Or, damage to the right side of the brain can make it impossible for patients to pay attention to the side opposite the damaged hemisphere even to the point of failing to dress the left side of their bodies.

Sometimes, loss of attention-control means constant and debilitating distraction. This is because a person suffering from an attention disorder cannot prevent attention from being diverted by irrelevant stimuli.

Attention is not just another ‘function’ alongside other cognitive functions. The kind of attention we bring to bear on the world changes the very nature of the world we attend to. Attention changes what kind of a thing comes into being for us: in that way it changes the world. If you are my friend, the way in which I attend to you will be different from the way in which I would attend to you if you were my employer, my patient, the suspect in a crime I an investigating. my lover, my aunt, a body waiting to be dissected. In all these circumstances, except the last, you will also have a quite different experience not just of me, but of yourself: you would feel changed if I changed the type of my attention. And yet nothing objectively has changed.

– Iain McGilchrist, The Master and The Emissary

You can do a lot … if …

You can do a lot if you’re properly trained“, so says Elizabeth II.

The Queen of Australia is one of the most successful world leaders still alive today. She has served in her job for several generations and through many changing environments. Here she chats informally and intimately about her own unique life. It goes for 10 minutes and has several insights and ideas to reflect upon about people … about personal communication, hospitality, recognition, trust, listening, confidentiality, professionalism, duty, continuity and training …


What is the most useful insight you can take away for your own life from Elizabeth’s experience about the value of training?

Your divided brain: The Master and His Emissary


The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World is a 2009 book written by Iain McGilchrist that deals with the specialist hemispheric functioning of the brain.
The 608 page book is divided into an introduction, two parts and a conclusion. In the introduction, McGilchrist states that “there is, literally, a world of difference between the [brain] hemispheres. Understanding quite what that is has involved a journey through many apparently unrelated areas: not just neurology and psychology, but philosophy, literature and the arts, and even, to some extent, archaeology and anthropology.”
Part One: The Divided Brain
In the first part, “The Divided Brain”, McGilchrist describes the functioning of the left and right hemispheres of the brain and their respective and at times conflicting “world views”. One of the core themes of the book is the importance of differentiation and integration, and of the integration of the two.
Part Two: How the Brain Has Shaped Our World
In the second part, “How the Brain Has Shaped Our World”, the author describes the evolution of Western culture, as influenced by hemispheric brain functioning, from the ancient world, through the Renaissance and Reformation; the Enlightenment; Romanticism and Industrial Revolution; to the modern and postmodern worlds which, to our detriment, are becoming increasingly dominated by the left brain.