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Self Awareness Rule #1

Rule #1: Self awareness is never a finished product. … [Read More...]


A Powerful New Question

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To Prepare for an Predictably Unpredictable Future, Learn to Unlearn

As a futurist, I am frequently asked, "What will the future look like?" My response, in two words, is: predictably unpredictable. This then begs the question: How does a person prepare for such a paradoxical future? The answer lies in embracing other paradoxes such as learning to unlearn, thinking about the unthinkable, embracing failure as a key component of success, and acknowledging … [Read More...]

Three Candles

The Wisdom of the Wind

"How do you define wisdom," asked the boy. "It is like harnessing the wind," replied the old man. "What do mean?" "The wind can extinguish a candle or fuel a fire." "So it's all about applying things in the right dose," said the boy. "Oh, it's far more subtle that," continued the old man. "It's as much about knowing when not to apply it." "I don't understand," said the … [Read More...]


Unlearning: Learning For The Thinking Person

Take a look at this old Viceroy cigarette advertisement. The tagline is "The man who thinks for himself ...". The irony, of course, is that marketing executives at Viceroy were telling the "thinking man" how to think. Now, I'm not so presumptuous as to tell you how to think, but it is my opinion that unlearning is a singularly important aspect of learning.In fact, I'd go as far as to say … [Read More...]

Unlearning Lessons

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Self Awareness Rule #1

Rule #1: Self awareness is never a finished product. … [Read More...]


Take Time to Disconnect and Think

"In an information-rich world, the wealth of information means a dearth of something else: a scarcity of whatever it is that information consumes. What information consumes is rather obvious: it … [Read More...]

Unlearning From the Land Down Under

For years, I have been telling people an amazing story of the healing powers of Aboriginal People of Australia that I had read about in a non-fiction book. The name of the book was lost on me but … [Read More...]


Every Rule Has an Exception: Weird

Most of us are familiar with the famous classroom dictum: i before e except after c. It is helpful most of the time but not always. For example, do you find it weird that the word "weird" isn't … [Read More...]


Show Your True Colors: Fear Commitment

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson Question #27: What do chameleons do? They do many things but the one thing they don’t do is change color to … [Read More...]

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Question Your Children in a New Way

As a parent, I want to encourage curiosity and creativity in my children. To signal my interest in their education, I frequently ask the question: "What did you learn in school, today?" It recently dawned on me that this is a most … [Read More...]

Joy’s Law of Management

"No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else." This quotation is widely attributed to Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems. Whenever you begin thinking that unlearning may no longer be necessary just remember … [Read More...]


In the Process of Being Wrong

You're right, of course. You are always right. (Just like me.) That is until you're wrong. At which point you'll say, "I was wrong." Funny, isn't it? Being wrong is such a black-and-white issue. We are right up until that very moment we are … [Read More...]


Ask a Stranger: What Don’t I Know?

Related Posts 5 Ways to Make the Strange Familiar Unlearning Lesson #21: Know Doubt … [Read More...]


25 Questions for the Truly Innovative Company or Organization

“Sometime over the next decade your company or organization will be challenged to change in a way for which it has no precedent.” --Gary Hamel in The Future of Management Most companies and organizations claim creativity and innovation hold … [Read More...]

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