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Do You Need a Reverse Mentor?

Posted in Business as Unusual, Future Proof, Mentor, The Way We See the Problem

Below is a math question from an admissions test for an elementary school in Hong Kong. The question was part of an admissions test for first-graders. They had 20 seconds to answer. Can you solve it? If not, you might want to consider getting a reverse mentor.

Addition by Subtraction: 11 is Greater Than 12

Posted in Beliefs, Business, Creativity, Fuhgetaboutit, Innovation, Less is More, New Cards, One minute unlearning, Opposite May Also be True, Paradox, The Way We See the Problem

“You can get 12 months of work done in 11 months but you can’t get 12 months of work done in 12 months.” Please re-read the above sentence. At first glance, it doesn’t make any sense. Upon reflection, however, you may come to see the wisdom embedded within the statement. If you are constantly working,…

Perception: It’s a Male/Female Thing

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

This classic scene from Allie Hall reminds us that there is always more than one way to see the same situation–even if it is just “three times a week”: Interested in some other perspective-change posts? Check out these past posts: Perspective Matters Top to Bottom Leader or Outcast Aging from a New Perspective

Aging: From a New Perspective

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

Millions of middle-aged Americans are part of the “Sandwich Generation”–so-called because they are those individuals who must not only care for their own young and growing children but also their own aging parents. To be sure, it can be a difficult and frustrating burden. One method of dealing with the frustration of this challenge is…

Don’t Follow the “Heard”

Posted in Enlightenment, Happiness, One minute unlearning, The Way We See the Problem, Wisdom

I heard … more money will make me happier. I heard … whoever ends up with the most toys wins. I heard … it’s all about me. I heard … you can never have enough. I heard … you can never be too rich or too thin. I heard … a rumor. I heard ……

The “i” in Teamwork

Posted in Creativity, New Cards, The Way We See the Problem

Never underestimate the creative power of the “I”ndividual!

A Surprising Question

Posted in Ask a New Question, Questions, The Way We See the Problem

Next time you’re confronted with a surprising new development–say, a new product or a new use for an old product–don’t ask the question: Why is this new? Instead, try asking this question: Why is this surprising? The switch changes the focus from an external perspective (i.e. looking for reasons why the new idea or product…

Resolve to Ask a Different Question This Year

Posted in Ask a New Question, Behavior, Change, Food, Happiness, New Cards, Opposite May Also be True, Paradox, Problems into Opportunities, See What Isn't There, The Way We See the Problem, Unlearning Lesson

One of my favorite authors and thinkers, Daniel Pink, has a wonderful post on New Year’s Resolutions. Instead of making a resolution to do something new this year, Pink suggests making a resolution not to change something. Interestingly, by reversing your thinking and asking a different question, you can get human psychology working for you…

Find the Mistake

Posted in Illusion, New Cards, The Way We See the Problem

Can you find the mistake? If not, you might want to consider unlearning the idea that you see the world as clearly as you might otherwise believe.

Being in the “I Don’t Know.”

Posted in Ambiguity, Beliefs, Change, Curiosity, Future, I Don't Know, One minute unlearning, Paradox, Quotes, The Way We See the Problem, Unlearning Lesson, Wisdom

Everybody likes to be “in the know.” The problem with this is that it’s an impossible goal to achieve because knowledge is being created at an ever accelerating rate. This knowledge creation is a wonderful thing but it also implies that our ignorance is growing even faster (in the sense that it is impossible to…


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