Someone posted a pointer at

Someone posted a pointer at to The School of Thinking. Most of the material on the SoT's website struck me as claptrap and nonsense. (Their claim to be the Largest School in the World is based on the fact that they're on the net. By the same logic, this is the Largest Blog Posting in the world. Many of us are tied for the Largest Whatever honor.)

Nonetheless, I agree with the six career advancement principles ("CAP") used in training SoT trainers:

    1. Learning by Teaching: If you have to explain something to someone else, then you have already learned to explain it to yourself. So people are encouraged to teach their skills to each other, to their families, to friends, and so on.

    2. Knowledge into Skill: Developing a thorough understanding and conviction of the difference between merely having knowledge on a matter and owning a skill of performance in it. Understanding the strategy of practice and repetition.

    3. Measurement: Unless one was deliberately willing to trade off the necessary time and energy needed to acquire a new skill - that is, logging the hours of practice and repetition - the trainee could never expect to go beyond the knowing stage and reach a level of operating skill. This means focusing on the process and measuring it in hours of practice.

    4. Commitment to Action: The skills must be useful in daily life. To assist the transfer of skills acquired in training to real life situations, trainees designed specific "action commitments" on special planners including times, dates, places, etc.

    5. Effective Follow-up: The monitoring of feedback and measuring results were an important part of CAP. Checking to see if what happened was what the trainee really wanted. This became a continuous part of the process.

    6. Reinforcement: Noticing increments of progress in acquiring new skills and then recognising them in an appropriate way, were fundamental principles of CAP., 10 minutes a day on the web, appears to have been built on the older School of Thinking workshops. This is cute:

What is brain software?

Brain software is the basic program we use to do our thinking. Think of your brain as your 'necktop computer'. Now, ask yourself: What software do I use in my necktop and where did I get it from?

Many people are slow thinkers, not because they are short on brainpower, but because they're using very slow, outdated brain software. The software they were programmed at school to think with actually slows them down. It's just critical thinking. This software is the 2500-year-old Greek software - logic - which was spread around the world during the second millennium and is so, so sluggish. Many people are still stuck with logic as their main thinking software, and that's about as fast as they can go. (Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.)

Why should I be interested in increasing my own speed of thought?

If you don't upgrade your brain software then you'll be stuck with what you've got. Although this sounds a bit like a TV advertorial (But wait there's more!) I've listed some of the many real benefits that come from increasing your own speed of thought:

    be more open-minded
    be better able to escape from your point-of-view
    be able to see more opportunities
    be faster at solving problems
    enjoy making decisions
    increase your survival skills
    be fitter in the marketplace
    be more effective at planning
    get much better results
    find it easier to be creative
    be faster to take advantage of changes in circumstances
    get things done quicker
    think more and worry less
    lower your stress levels
    increase your family's peace and happiness
    own a basis for a higher communication with others
    see information in new and more useful ways
    learn the skill of quantum leaping
    generate better and better alternatives
    raise the level of every other thought-based skill you possess
    apply these advanced skills to your personal and family life
    be more productive with business and career problems and opportunities
    be a speed thinker!

Interestingly, there's great overlap with the processes I've been touting for meta-learning.

Posted by Jay Cross at May 26, 2002 10:32 PM | TrackBack

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