I research ways new thinking approaches can spark cognitive breakthroughs, and I present and write on the findings. These approaches help decision makers find hidden patterns in data and new counterintuitive solutions to complex problems. In live events, I perform cognitive exercises with audiences of experts, helping them uncover the hidden influences that cloud counterintuitive solutions. The work is unconventional, so its not surprising that it was born from a messy path of discovery, seeking ways to help my son who had autism and years of searching to understand very humiliating judgment errors. It resulted in new approaches that give us a better view into the hidden influences behind our decision processes. The main model I use was discovered by my son using his gift for simplifying complex patterns. I devoted my doctoral journey to researching it and work with audiences of experts around the country to continually explore and 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.