In a world that is very rapidly changing, we need to get better every day at asking better questions. Most thinking is just a process of asking and answering questions, so better thinking involves asking better questions and answering them in better ways. There are many ways to help build our mental muscles – that’s the concept underlying The Genius Project… Here are two are worth considering…
- Tom Peters challenges us to think about the new fast-moving, rapidly evolving world. I like his work… and appreciate his challenges to my thinking.
- Tony Robbins focuses on the cognitions involved in high performance. While in some ways more focused on entertainment based on borrowed ideas than on rigorously tested and verified information or novel insights, he still has a lot to offer… until Kurek Ashley creates his own Date with Destiny – and I hope that he does – Tony still has a lot for most of us.
What is inspiring/ stimulating/ interesting for you?
Does university challenge us to become better thinkers or just better at learning out-of-date information?
How could we make things better?
For those unfamiliar with Tom Peters’ style, I’ll try to explain the information in the link that I’ve attached here…
- Wildly altered context (technology, China-India, global terrorism, etc.)
The world that we live in is rapidly and dynamically changing. With new technologies impacting upon us every day – resulting in new ideas radically changing the way we live – the rise and rise of China and India, whose effects we have hardly even acknowledged never mind felt, and radical shifts caused by global terrorism, natural disasters and other chaotic events that mess with our preexisting expectations of normality, the world is different… Yesterday is gone
- Only answer: Adaptive skills and bold-breathtaking innovation (top-line focus rather than cost-cutting focus)
The only way to respond with rapidly changes and massively disruptive innovations is with adaptations and innovations… to focus on creating more value by retaking control of the direction of the game. The most flexible and adaptive part of a system tends to control that system…
- Race way, way up the value-added curve (implemented “game-altering solutions” rather than “services,” “experiences” rather than “transactions,” and more)
Lifting ourselves up the value chain – from producing widgets and offering services, to delivering radically innovative solutions and experiences – increases our value and maximises our ability to control our environment and ensure continued competitiveness.
- Radical (!!!) use of IS-IT
We need to use information systems and technology more and more, to facilitate our ability to change the way that things work and make things work better.
- A “Roster” of Weird & Wondrous & Entrepreneurial “Talent” engaged in “Wow Projects”
Great things happen when we put brilliant people together onto a great project… put together brilliant people, and let them really make a difference!
- “Metabolic Leadership” (Passionate Leaders who instill a Discipline of Execution, a Quick Tempo Culture and an appetite to “Eat Radical Change for Breakfast”)
Leaders need to deliver for their followers. Leaders need to convey passion, disciplined execution, fast-moving energy and the capacity to thrive amid rapid change.
I hope that helps…