The Brilliant Failure Award – Thinkibility Nibble

Earlier in the post The Charm of Imperfection we wrote about figure-ground reversal or negative space: in art it is the space around and between the subject(s) of an image. Negative space may be most evident when the space around a subject, not the subject itself, forms an interesting or artistically relevant shape, and such space occasionally... Continue Reading →

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Group Obedience

Have you ever stopped yourself from speaking up at a meeting because you felt that the idea or suggestion would not be appreciated or ridiculed? Groupthink is a phenomenon where the desire for group cohesiveness and a quick decision cloud the judgment of the people in the group. The decision taken is often less than ideal.... Continue Reading →

Key Performance (mis) Indicators

Key Performance Indicators are meant to keep an organisation on track. By measuring the performance over time, you are able to look at deviations and to take measures. As Wikipedia defines it: A  key performance indicator (KPI) is a type of performance measurement. An organization may use KPIs to evaluate its success, or to evaluate the... Continue Reading →

Wishful Thinking

Thinking Patterns Not all thinking pattern are beneficial such as distorted or negative patterns. But what about Wishful thinking? What we believe is true and what we wish were true can be very different. But how do we separate between belief and desires? And can wishful thinking be useful? A common assumption is that we... Continue Reading →

A First-Rate Madness – Book reveiw

How can we use knowledge and understanding about depression to enhance our thinking skills? Depression is linked to negative views of yourself and the world. Sadness is a normal reaction to life’s struggles and disappointments. But depression is much more than just sadness; some people describe depression as “living in a black hole”. Yet psychiatrist... Continue Reading →

Black-and-White Background

How does black-and-white background influence our thinking? Thinking is never neutral. Focusing our attention on different aspect is often more difficult than we imagine. Many “little” things can affect our thinking. A recent study suggests that if we see something on a black-white background it is harder for us to consider grey areas when we... Continue Reading →

New Groupthink

  Fashion changes quickly. Admittedly, ideas about thinking may not change quite as rapidly, but you can nevertheless detect changes. Today, working together in teams is popular. The lone thinker is out of fashion. More brains mean more ideas. Working together in a group, highlights the social nature of a project. Everyone will feel that... Continue Reading →

Dealing with Negative Points

Any objections? Throw away that option immediately! As you probably have noticed  - at home, work or at a party – when a proposal is made, an idea presented or a solution for a problem suggested, it is often met by an objection. That is not bad as such since an idea is seldom perfect.... Continue Reading →

How to Fail Most Successfully

Ultra-Solutions, first coined by Paul Watzlawick, are solutions that in a previous situation worked brilliantly or at least to your satisfaction. Then you try the solution in another context and it turns into the opposite. The solution is worse than the disease. It is a way to fail most successfully. NASA built silos for rockets against corrosion. The... Continue Reading →

A 20 Minutes Idea Boost

Many people think that to get ideas it is necessary to move from the working place to a resort in the woods or the beach. It is easy to believe that another environment will free the mind. I have never seen any evidence that a retreat helps, but it seems to me that every time an... Continue Reading →

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