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

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

  1. Option B.
    Getting the basic learning and teaching method affected positively in a way.

    March the change effect quickly on my company and accelerate growth t influence society.

    Change the cause of leadership in our country in a small powerful way. To help society and individual become more sensitive to the need of others thereby making the World a Better Place.

  2. TPF A option:

    1. The free Comeback Course

    2. The free one-on-one private Comeback Coaching sessions

    3. The premium priced Masterclass Membership

  3. Permit me to list 3 actions I might take on TPF B (already existing database of 250,000 clients)

    1. Analyze the database to understand the clients’ choices.
    2. Have an automated system in place for regularly contacting the clients.
    3. On an ongoing basis get client choices/preferences for products/services and use the data to grow the business.

  4. Scenario B

    1) Producing research outcomes that have tangible positive impacts on the agricultural industry

    2) Those same research outcomes taken up by agronomists and communicated to growers

    3) Growers using our research to improve their profits and their livelihoods

  5. B

    1. Farmers
    2. Local councils in Victoria
    3. Research institues (collaborating for crop cover mappind and data analysis)

  6. 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)

    1. Using market analytics/trends develop new red meat products that meet retailer/consumer expectations in emerging markets as popular product trends change over time.
    2. Develop red meat risk strategy that ensure company maintains client base and market advantage over competitors.
    3. Through data analytics understand the top 100 clients and their purchasing decision and develop technology/applications that meets their requirements and enables information transfer along the value chain.

  7. 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)

    BVS1: Real time analyses of an agricultural product (e.g. milk quality, fruit freshness) via an RFID sensor

    BVS2: App identifying to a consumer the trail of their purchased food product from farm to factory to supermarket.

    BVS3: Food indistinguishable from the real thing but made in an industrial process.

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