I research new thinking approaches that have the power to spark cognitive breakthroughs. The most difficult hurdle, it turns out, is the courage to let go of outdated models that block innovative strategies. I conduct unique learning events with audiences of experts around the country where the audience becomes a crucial part of the ongoing research as they learn. The work comes from a deeply personal and very messy path of discovery. I’ve spent a lot of time researching the sources of thinking errors, beginning with my own, and learned the power of radical transparency and the importance of challenging blindly held assumptions. The main model I use was discovered by my son who had autism and a gift for understanding complex thinking patterns. I devoted my doctoral journey to understanding it and continue the research with the the help of expert audiences around the country, continually exploring to advance the knowledge.
Complexity is pushing professional decision makers beyond their cognitive limits and pushing already specialized experts towards higher and higher levels of compartmentalization. Fragmented knowledge though, is the enemy of effective decision making, so patterns of how information is shared is the new cognitive currency. Lens theory views organizations as “social immune systems” which provides us an entry to rethink learning and reinvent the way we educate ourselves. Understanding it also helps us interact with technology more effectively, providing insights into the differences between human judgment and cognitive technologies.