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The Fog of Unlearning

Posted in Analogy, Beliefs, Education, Enlightenment, I Don't Know, Lessons Unlearned, Metaphor, New Cards, One minute unlearning, Perspective, See What Isn't There, Spiritual, Stories, The Way We See the Problem, Wisdom

I am in Iowa to deliver a keynote presentation (entitled “Why Future Trends in Healthcare Will Require Unlearning“) to the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative today. After working on my presentation early this morning, I decided to go for a walk at sunrise. The photo to the right offers a view of what I saw. As I…



Own the White Space

Posted in Business, Business Models, General, Innovation, Management, Perspective, See What Isn't There, Visual unlearning

As humans we like to believe we're good at seeing the whole picture. But, as I suggested in this piece, most of us are not. This is particularly true in business. Most managers focus relentlessly on serving the customer, making incremental improvements to core product or services, or finding yet another margin-saving efficiency. There is…


See the World From a Different Perspective

Posted in Humor, Perspective, The Way We See the Problem

I'm a big fan of Tony Carrillo's comic strip "F Minus" for one simple reason: He sees the world from a slightly different perspective … as today's strip amply demonstrates. Interested in training yourself to see things from a different perspective? Check out these related Posts: Which is More Dangerous: A Jungle or a Tiger…


The Tale of the Junky Carrot

Posted in Agriculture, Assumptions, Business, Creativity, Food, Innovation, Marketing, Opposite May Also be True, Perspective, Problems into Opportunities, Questions, The Way We See the Problem

What do you do if you want to sell more carrots? One thing, apparently, is to begin viewing the world from a different perspective. Recently, Fast Company, published this insightful article describing how the creative team at Crispin (an advertising firm) helped BoltHouse Farms increase sales of its pre-cut baby carrots. How did they do…


God Dome It! Unlearn!

Posted in Arts, Catholic Church, Change, Creativity, Design, History, Illusion, Imagination, Innovation, Metaphor, New Cards, Opposite May Also be True, Perspective, Problems into Opportunities, The Way We See the Problem, Way We See the Problem

The Saint Ignatius church in Rome was originally designed to include a cupola. For financial reasons, the feature was never built. In moment, sparked by Divine intervention perhaps, Church officials hired Andrea Pozzo to paint a fake dome on the ceiling over the altar. Today, more than 300 years later, many visitors are shocked to…


Needed: A New Educational Perspective

Posted in Ask a New Question, Education, Perspective

The other day I suggested there was great value in flipping the classroom. To better understand why it makes sense to allow children to watch lectures at home and do "homework" at school, read the following paragraph which was clipped from this excellent article by Salman Khan — Turning the Classroom Upside Down — in Saturday's…


Spot the Difference … and Unlearn

Posted in Behavior, Change, Education, Metaphor, Perspective, Relationships, The Way We See the Problem, Wisdom

Is there a fly in your soup or does your soup have a fly in it? Is there a tiger in the jungle or does a jungle have a tiger in it? As I have said before, these questions might seem of minor importance but they can have real implications — as I discussed in…


Creativity Isn’t All in Your Head

Posted in Creativity, Innovation, Kindergarten, New Cards, One minute unlearning, Perspective, The Way We See the Problem, Think Like a Child

According to a new study ("Decisions for Others Are More Creative Decisions for the Self" in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin),  people are more creative when they're thinking on someone else's behalf. In other words, when you put yourself in the shoes of another person, you are more likely to come up with creative and…


A Matter of Taste: Flies and Soup

Posted in Example, New Cards, Perspective, The Way We See the Problem

Yesterday, I asked which is more dangerous: a tiger or the jungle. The question was aimed at helping people see the world from a different perspective. In this same spirit, I'd like to ask what you see in the photo to the right. If you're a Westerner you'd likely say "There's a fly in my…


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