Lateral Thinking Certificate (LTC-A) – Lesson #09 –Doing the TPF

This week we’ve been doing TPFs. Doing a TPF is a tool or app for the PFC brain — for reappraisal — for using cvs2bvs to escape from the box of our own thinking and to try to see other possible futures than the obvious one that simply matches our cvs past.

The TPF is an app for the PFC, the reappraisal centre of the brain. What is reappraisal? Reappraisal is about doing the harder thing when it’s the better thing to do. It’s called willpower. It’s also called wisdom. Wisdom and willpower are the specialised work of your PFC, your pre-frontal cortex.

cvs2bvs, the Universal Brain Software, frees the brainuser to hop across parallel universes with tenpower. cvs2bvs does this by allowing the brainuser to switch from one parallel universe to another. From cvs .. x10 switch to … bvs.

A parallel universe is a possible future. At any particular moment you are heading to one possible future. But, you could escape from that possible future and head for a different possible future. We do this every day and every time we take a decision … or not!

At any particular moment in time (called NOW) it is usual to just go from our cvs and push it forward into the future, to defend the ‘rightness’ of our cvs. We simply go from cvc2cvs. But, there are many possible bvs futures, if only we could escape from our cvs … and go from cvs2bvs.

Usually, there is the most likely future which will turn out to be the logical decision you are most likely to take. In this brain app we call the most likely decision choice: cvs. We do this to draw attention to the fact that we may just be defending our past cvs. But, there are at least 3 other possible futures that we could consider if only we made the cvs2bvs effort to do so. Just to spell this out we’ll tag these three possible choices as follows: bvs #03, bvs #02 and bvs #01.

The TPF is the brain app for the PFC which shows that at any time you are faced with a decision there are always at least three possible futures from which to choose. You can do the TPF alone or it’s fun to do it with others. Click here again to take a second look at the 59 Second Course in Thinking

Reviewing the TPF

When reviewing the use of the TPF think about these 5 principles:

  1. Other people may be able to see the future consequences of your decision more easily than yourself.
  2. It is important to know whether the future consequences are reversible or not.
  3. Immediate and long term futures may be opposite: the immediate future of a choice may be good and the long term future bad, or vice versa.
  4. You should look at the possible futures not only as they affect you but also as they affect other people as well.
  5. You can do a TPF to explore three possible futures before deciding which one you ought to start with.

DFQ #09: TPF Thought Experiments A or B:

TPF A: Just suppose a future in 2022 where your company marks its 1,000,000th client. What do you think could be its most popular product? (Do a 3-minute TPF)

TPF B: By 2022, in a possible future, your company has a client database of 250,000. Who are they? (Do a 3-minute TPF)

Choose either TPF A or TPF B and do the TPF here:

bvs #01

bvs #02

bvs #03

84 thoughts on “Lateral Thinking Certificate (LTC-A) – Lesson #09 –Doing the TPF

  1. As it regards TPF B :

    1. The clients could be (as planned) the customers located inside the niche being targeted by the product.

    2. The clients could also be, a fairly even mixture, of customers located within the niche, as well as customers located outside the niche but who have some connection to the targeted niche.

    3. The customers could be those mentioned above, along with other customers who have absolutely no connection or relation to the targeted niche, but who force a product evolution, because they see the need for the product within their location.

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