English Thinking: The Three Methods [Kindle Edition]

Book Description -  June 19, 2012

1. Greco-Roman Logic for thinking inside the square

2. The Scientific Method for thinking outside the square.

3. Cognitive Science for software for the brain and apps for intelligence.
51DwVWMuzPL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_What today we can call “English Thinking” has really evolved over the past 2500 years.
Starting from the Greeks on to the Roman Empire and the Roman Church through The Enlightenment and Scientific Method and, since World War II, with the rise of cognitive machines and the world wired web of the internet.

In this coursebook, the 38 lessons are designed to give readers and students: knowledge and mastery of the three methods of English Thinking.

The Lord and the Master

I was doing a masterclass with a client group today who are senior value advisors to the Tasmanian Government. They are 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 today and, for those interested, these few lessons from School of Thinking might offer a comparison between The Lord in Tasmania and The Master in China ...
#067 http://schoolofthinking.org/who-dr-michael-hewitt-gleeson/about/training/10-dfq/cvstobvs-universal-brain-software/37-dfq/
#068 http://schoolofthinking.org/who-dr-michael-hewitt-gleeson/about/training/10-dfq/cvstobvs-universal-brain-software/38-dfq/
#069  http://schoolofthinking.org/who-dr-michael-hewitt-gleeson/about/training/10-dfq/cvstobvs-universal-brain-software/39-dfq/

Virtuosity and The Magic of Repetition

PRR Personal Trainer


In my business I often get asked in media interviews and seminars questions like, “What is the ultimate strategy for success?”

Everyone, understandably, wants a quick fix, a secret passage, a short-cut.

If there really is a short-cut. If there really is a secret passage. If there really is a genuine answer to such a question, I think it is what I have called – PRR which stands for Practice-Repetition-Rehearsal.

Practice-Repetition-Rehearsal x10
A pattern is something that is repeated more often than random chance. To develop new patterns of thinking your brain needs repetition to build the new pattern. Ten times the repetition. This is such an important strategy for your personal success that we will devote this whole lesson to it.

I had the pleasure of advising Jack Welch when he was Chairman of General Electric and used to say, “You’ve got to be out in front of crowds, repeating yourself over and over again, never changing your message no matter how much it bores you”.

Many people are not aware of the fact that the original concept of “self-help” and “individual personal development” was invented by the early orders of knighthood.

The Stirrup
It was the invention of the stirrup in the ninth century that led to the idea of the knight.

4wayNow a horseman was much surer in the saddle and so the cavalry charge against a wall of infantry became possible. This reduced infantry to the role of support troops and attention became focused on the horseman or cavalier or knicht (German) and his special individual training and personal development.

When one is a serious student of the history and strategies of training and personal development, one must research and analyse the concepts and strategies of everyone from Sun Tzu to the orders of chivalry.

Training + Service = Virtuosity
The ancient noble practises of thousands of hours of training and service allows the individual aspirant to attain an epic level of excellence and virtuosity.

This eliteness of training separated the orders of knighthood from their military predecessors. The notions of excellence and quality – of developing one’s ideals and physical prowess through tournaments and practice and of offering one’s service to others – became the original concepts of chivalry and knighthood.

This gave chivalry its peculiar quality which has endured for 900 years.

5361099-word-cloud-concept-illustration-of-chivalry-knighthoodThe New Age of Chivalry
All the original crusading orders of knights have been extinct for 200 years since Napoleon drove the last of them out of Malta in 1798 scattering them far and wide around Europe from London to St Petersburg in Russia. But today we see a big return to the ideals of training and service. Perhaps we are now in the New Age of Chivalry. An age of chivalry when the pen is mightier than the sword.

People around the world are attending seminars, reading books, buying tapes, attending training courses, gyms and so on at a rate that would make the ancient knights green with envy. You, yourself, doing this training, are one of them.

All of this goes to show that there is a big trend in Australia, the United States and around the world for people to help themselves and to help each other, as never before in history. And the bottom line is practice,
practice and more practice.

So, remember this: Seminars don’t work! Books don’t work on any subject unless you practise! On the other hand, practice always works. Repetition always works. Rehearsals always work.

The Ultimate Strategy is PRR!

There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever, that the ultimate strategy for success in any area is Practice-Repetition-Rehearsal or PRR (prounounced: “pee double-are”).

Jungle Warfare
During the Vietnam era, Australia’s Jungle Training Centre at Canungra in Queensland was considered one of the best in the world. In Jungle Warfare, one of the things soldiers must learn is what to do in the event of an ambush.

Now, of course, an ambush really is the worst situation you could be in. It’s totally unexpected and the natural patterns of behaviour are not useful.

Imagine that you are going along a jungle path nearly back at base camp, tired, certain you are safe. Suddenly you run into an AMBUSH!! Suppose the ambush is on your left. They’re lucky; they have the element of surprise. You try not to get into that kind of situation, but what if you do?

Opposite Way

Well, first, what is the natural thing to do? Naturally you will tend to run the opposite way, but all that does is to keep you clearly in the line of fire. Actually, the best thing to do is to turn left to face them and walk straight into the ambush, because on the other side of the ambush, lies safety (and you even get a chance to have a go at the other guys).

So that’s what military trainers teach: when a group runs into an ambush coming from the left, the lead man is supposed to yell “AMBUSH LEFT!!” and then everyone is supposed to turn left and attack. But, in a highly emotional situation like an ambush, it’s difficult to do that just because someone yells out “AMBUSH LEFT!!”

You know you’re supposed to turn left and walk straight into it. You could probably pass a written exam in that right now! You could probably even teach it to somebody else! But to actually DO it yourself is another matter. There’s a huge difference between knowing and doing.

Royal Australian Air Force
In the early 70s, in the RAAF, I was taught to eject from a plane.

Again, you don’t want to have to eject from an airplane, but when it’s necessary there is no other choice.

There are much more modern systems now, but the way I was taught on the Maachi Jet was this: you just reach up and pull down two little yellow and black striped handles.

That’s all you have to do! Everything else happens automatically. What that does is to detonate a bomb under your seat which explodes and pushes you through the canopy of the plane. Not very pleasant.

Of course it’s the lesser of two evils. If something goes wrong and you get the command “EJECT! EJECT! EJECT!”, at that moment you simply reach up and do it. You can’t wait to think, “This couldn’t be happening to me.” You have to eject immediately! You have to go first before the front seat pilot does because if he goes first, the explosion of his seat will kill you.

No, you don’t have any time to think it over. You must know that when you get that command you ARE going to reach up and do what’s called for. Again, it’s simple to know but difficult to DO.

Knowing Versus Doing
It’s another case where there’s all the difference in the world between knowing and doing. Doing takes skill, and skill comes with training. With practise, practise, practise over and over again you can do it. Then, when something or someone triggers the pattern with the command, “EJECT!”, it will trigger your being able to actually DO it.

In a patterning system, like your biological necktop, PRR (prounounced: “pee double-are”) is the ultimate strategy for building the deep executive patterns that you choose to override the weaker ones.

“The most successful people in the end are those whose success is the result of steady accretion. It is the one who carefully advances step by step, with his mind becoming wider and wider – progressively able to grasp any theme or situation – persevering in what he knows to be practical, and concentrating his thoughts upon it, who is bound to succeed in the greatest degree.” – Alexander Graham Bell.


PRR is like your own personal trainer. When you use the PRR necktop software you always improve. What new insights are you developing on the subject of PRR? Do you understand the strategic relationship between PRR and skill development? Do you understand that when it comes to aquiring virtuosity in any human skill the #1 strategy is PRR?

DFQ #072:

Give an example of how you once personally benefited from PRR in the past.

The TOP DOWN LEADER and his ‘Decision-Makers’



The TOP DOWN LEADER makes all the decisons. His view is 'right' and to disagree is 'wrong'.
He cannot tolerate 'mistakes' nor can he tolerate failure, innovation nor experimental change. He (usually a 'he' but not always) is the Law. L.A.W.
His leadership style is, "When I want your opinion I'll give it to you!"
His senior executives are his highest paid 'decision-makers'. Of course, they never actually make any decisions at all as they are afraid to be wrong. They are afraid of 'mistakes'. They avoid failure at all costs. They don't really do anything productive. They simply look to the leader, copy his words and parrot them off.


Reverse the notebooks! Let the decision-makers do the thinking and the talking and let the Leader do the note-taking.


The BOTTOM-UP LEADER, Larry Page of Google, does this for one day a week ... every week at Google. 

Volgren x10 – Report

The x10 Campaign

In July 2014 Volgren started the x10 Thinking campaign.

It’s bottom-up. It is 100% online. It is operated by the School of Thinking.

The purpose of the x10 Thinking campaign is to find thought-leaders across the enterprise and create a space for them to develop their speed of thought and innovation skills. In science we call this metacognition or thinking about thinking.

Every day, every participant gets a DFQ–a Daily Feedback Question–a fresh chance to use the X10 Thinking algorithm and this is School of Thinking’s unique and clever trick!

The x10 Thinking campaign provides space for thought-leaders to practice speed of thought every day. Speed of thought is not considered a luxury. It is necessary. It is encouraged, trained and valued.

The x10 Report

The x10 Report includes a selection of non-confidential conversations generated across the company by the x10 campaign and are posted here below …


Posted below is a sample of conversations from employees who participated in the x10 campaign. Employee conversations are evidence of x10 thinking, metacognition, thought-leadership, innovation and collaboration. These conversations are not confidential and are posted here for Participants and observers to read and discuss with team members for thoughtful analysis and evaluation …

I have enjoyed this training course as it has opened up my eyes with the CVS to the BVS. This has worked for me at home and at work using the methods taught to me in this course to open my mind and look at things from not just the obvious but from outside the square. Sometimes the questions were hard to answer but othertimes you would read them and know exactly what you wanted to say.
The guys that work around me and help me, I will make sure to let them know how much I appreciate there support.
I train with my dog for a short time every day and she now does amazing tricks. It proves with continual training anyone can learn to become smarter at what they do.
Plan to practice something that is fun like the juggling, I have done this with my son, it is suprising how quickly you improve.

I think instantly we start out with a CVS when faced with a situation but if we take a couple of steps back and listen to other peoples ideas we get BVS
Disconnect major customer engineering drawings, BoM, amendment from current system. E.g. currently we have to change in drawing or BoM it affects to all buses. We don’t have resources to address this, instead of that if we create unique folder / data base for our major customers who give us 80% of business. (To be specific PTA, BCC and CDC) allowing departments to change drawings, BoM, Process to suit their needs. This will reduce overall burden/pressure from system to change them for all. Once product / system stabilize bring back those learning to main stream.
e.g. if we have to break drawing for insulation kit, because system have one drawing we cannot break that kit. If we isolate that drawing in system and break the kit then it will not affect other customer and models. Once we prove in 6month to 1 year that this is actually helping then we can bring that change that drawing in master file. As currently our systems are putting handbrake and not allowing us to respond to customer needs.
Hope I have clarify my thought.
I always try to find something to laugh at every day it puts a smile on the faces of people around you, just take a look
I laugh because I ask for a simple job to be done and it is turned into a mountain. A bit of humor sorts out the situation and the mountain has gone away
We had a problem moving glass around the factory, it was getting broken so we designed a trolley. This was great but sometimes it was getting scratched. Today we added padding to the trolley which will now resolve all our problems. This has made the way we perform this task even better.
If something happens I think you put the black hat on without thinking but then with a bit of time the green hat goes on
I am looking for health, happiness and maybe a bit of wealth, I am searching for it by the way I live everyday
The hardest task for the day that will take the pressure off the other issues I will be dealing with.
I need to think about the current situation and them think about different options to improve the situation and them get movement by putting them into practice.
I have noticed that midweek people are more settled and motivated at work than early Monday or late Friday
I am going to book the car in for a service, today not next week
I need to get started on the things I dont like so much on my list, not just push them to the end. They can be just as important as the things I like to do.
Talk to the people around you, try some different ideas, walk away for awhile and take a break. Just like climbing the stairs this will help you get a better view of the situation
I feel I am here to learn and explore, also to enjoy things around me. Protect and love family and friends, and give guidance when possible to anyone who may need help
Dont jump in with my first thought thinking it is correct stand back and take a broader look.
hmmm…. I guess it’s doing risk assessments of all the options (x10) of the CVS??
Recently I have had situations where I have been let down and my CVS was owell I cant do anything about it.

Now my BVS is well I can change this situation so this wont happen and put me in this difficult position again.
To me, the main point is the ultimate goal. The topic raised was drug abuse. The main point about drug abuse is not to ban drugs. Banning drugs is only one means of attempting to achieve the end goal, of eliminating drug abuse. Keep your eye on the main point, the ultimate goal. Look at different ways to get there and weigh up the benefits and costs of each. Or maybe I am missing the “main point”?
I will start spending 20 minutes to reflect back on what I have done, acheive and plan for next day.