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A Turn-a-Round Question

Posted in Assumptions, Change, General, Innovation, Lessons Unlearned, New Cards, One minute unlearning, Questions, See What Isn't There, Unlearn Strategy, Wisdom

"Do you have any other questions?" It is a common question. Usually, many of us answer "no." Sometimes this is because we really don't have any other questions but, other times, it is because we don't want to display our ignorance. In my quest to unlearn, however, I have recently been turning around the question…


Unlearn … Just in Case

Posted in Business, General, Management, Manufacturing, New Cards, Retail, Supply Chain

The global supply chain is an impressive feat of modern management. The problem is that in its quest to squeeze out ever greater efficiencies with its "just-in-time" system of inventory it has left itself extremely vulnerable to large, rare and unpredictable events such as the recent Japanese earthquake-tsunami. Such events are, of course, unpredictable but…


A Positive Spin on Negative Emotions

Posted in Behavior, General, Happiness, Kindergarten, Lessons Unlearned, New Cards, One minute unlearning, Parable, Spiritual, The Way We See the Problem, Wisdom

Have you ever considered that true happiness isn't found in the accumulation of more positive emotional experiences — such as buying a new pair of shoes, taking a cool vacation, buying a new car, securing a better job or finding a more attractive partner — but rather in the simple act letting go of the…


Two Words

Posted in Ambiguity, Beliefs, General, Lessons Unlearned, Metaphor, New Cards, One minute unlearning, Paradox, Philosophy, The Way We See the Problem, Visual unlearning, Wisdom

Ying     Yang Black     White Up         Down Right    Left East    West North    South Open     Close Right     Wrong Learn    Unlearn  


Juggle Learning and Unlearning

Posted in Creativity, Education, Games, General, Innovation, Lessons Unlearned, New Cards, Paradox, Sports, The Way We See the Problem

Learning to juggle isn't about catching the balls, it's about throwing them. One reason many people have difficulty learning to juggle is because they can't unlearn the "catching" part. Letting go of old habits is difficult but if you can master the trick of unlearning you just might be able to better handle the new…


Unlearning the Grid

Posted in Construction, Energy, General, Manufacturing, Speaking, Transportation, Wind Power

I'm in Eugene, Oregon today to give the keynote presentation at the conference celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Eugene Water and Electricity Board. The gist of my message is that as impressive as progress has been in the past century it will pale in comparison to what is coming in the next two decades….


Orville Wright Did Not Have a Pilot’s License

Posted in Aviation, Beliefs, Books, Creativity, General, Innovation, Quotes, Think Like a Child

I'm currently reading Gordon MacKenzie's delightful book, Orbiting the Giant Hairball. Chapter 19 is the shortest, most insightful chapter I have read in some time. I will repeat it in its entirety for your reading pleasure: Orville Wright did not have a pilot's license.


Become Your Own Authority Figure

Posted in Education, General, Lessons Unlearned, New Cards, One minute unlearning, Problems into Opportunities, Think Like a Child

The best way to unlearn the innate silliness of authority figures is to become your own authority figure. Who'd a figured?


Underground Unlearning

Posted in Assumptions, Energy, General, Metaphor, Quiz, Science, See What Isn't There, Wisdom

"Clearly there is a lot going on deep in the Earth that is completely unknown to science." So concludes this fascinating article in The Economist on, of all things, carbon. Did you know, for example, that although carbon is critical to life on earth the scientific community has no idea of how much of the…


The Consumer as an Invisible Innovator

Posted in Assumptions, Business, Creativity, Culture, General, Innovation, Listen, New Cards, See What Isn't There, The Way We See the Problem, Unlearn Strategy

My last few posts may have seemed trivial to some readers. After all, who cares whether you see "a tiger in a jungle" or "a jungle with a tiger" or, alternatively, whether there is "a fly in your soup" or "your soup has a fly in it." Alas, I just stumbled across a wonderful article…


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