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How's Your Critical Thinking and Decision Making Skills?

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How's Your Critical Thinking and Decision Making Skills?

Critical Thinking is a mode of thinking (about any subject or problem) in which the thinker improves the quality of their thinking by skillfully taking charge of the structures inherent in thinking and imposing intellectual standards upon them.
Today, we focus on this topic, and offer a range of tips, articles and mind tools to help you think about thinking and make better decisions.




10th Anniversary - Buzan Centre: Australia/NZ

It's been ten years since we ran the first Buzan Licensed Instructor (BLI) program in Australia! Wow!
Mindwerx started the Buzan Centre in late 2000 and in March 2001 we accredited our first instructors. (Now trained over 150 teachers, trainers, coaches and enthusiasts). 
In late 2001 we invited Tony Buzan to Australia and he met with BLIs, spoke to several organisations, ran the first Australian Memory Championship with Jennifer, and had more than 25 media engagements.
That was just the start. Since then we have enjoyed hosting Tony many times, and have just set dates for his next tour in November 2011. Watch for that news!

Also since then, Bill Jarrard has become a Senior BLI, Jennifer Goddard has become a Master_Trainer for Buzan Licensed Instructors and ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructors (TLI), and the Senior Arbiter at the World Memory Championships. From little things...big things grow!
So Happy Anniversary to us and all our BLIs. Thanks to everyone for their support over the years.
Learn more
Next Instructor program is in 8 weeks - see below


Mind Map Instructor Program



Ideas are almost never solutions.

Many people go into brainstorming sessions expecting to find solutions to problems, develop new products, design clever marketing strategies, or find ways to resolve the issues at hand.

Nothing could be further from the truth - brainstorming is not designed to come up with solutions and designs. 
Brainstorming is done to generate ideas - that is, the time and space for 'divergent' thinking.

Solutions come from 'convergent' thinking, when possibilities are developed into potential solutions ready for testing. 

A recent 90 minute divergent thinking session lead to 6 months of convergent design that resulted in 12 new products. 

That is the nature of Deliberate Creative Thinking.  Ideas are vital, but it is solutions we want and need.  That's the end_game.

As Edward de Bono said "An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea."

Mindwerx facilitations and creative thinking courses focus on helping people find solutions.

You can now get the Mindwerx Deliberate Creativity & Innovation pocket_guide and other Mind Tools for your team to use everyday.



Mind Map Art       

Did you know...
"CSI Los Angeles" used a Mind Map in a recent episode.

"Leadership Lessons from the 24th Century"

One of the most effective methods of self-development is to observe experts and model their behaviour. 

But where are the great leaders for us to model ourselves after? 

Sometimes they are in the future!

First published in 1993, Bill's article "Leadership Lessons from the 24th Century" has been reprinted in various journals and, what started out as a bit of fun, has stood the test of time.

Read Bill's article (particularly if you are a Star Trek fan) in the Mindwerx Creativity Corner.


Six Step Leadership Framework for Deliberate Thinking

Understanding how to connect thinking techniques to real issues is a challenge for organisations wanting to encourage innovation.

Leaders do their best to inspire people with their vision, purpose, and values, while managers translate these into team and individual performance plans. 

But connecting these with deliberate thinking can be a mystery.

To help leaders make sense of how to do this, Bill has designed a six step framework for deliberate thinking:-

  1. Focus the thinking
  2. Plan the thinking   
  3. Doing the thinking
  4. Making decisions
  5. Taking actions
  6. Review and improve

Read Bill's article in the Mindwerx Creativity Corner. 


Procrastinate Later!

Procrastination is the prime reason golden opportunities are missed.

In many organisations decisions are pushed to higher and higher levels of authority until nothing gets done.

What's needed is a critical thinking framework that can be used at every level to improve decision making. defines Decision Making as:   


The thought process of selecting a logical choice from among the available options.
When trying to make a good decision, a person must weight the positives and negatives of each option, and consider all the alternatives.

For effective decision making, a person must be able to forecast the outcome of each option as well, and based on all these items, determine which option is the best for that particular situation.

In his article on critical thinking for decision making, Bill suggests Edward de Bono's DATT framework is a highly effective approach that can be employed at all levels of an organisation


Read Bill's article in the Mindwerx Creativity Corner.


Innovate or Evaporate

Test & Improve Your Organization's IQ : Its Innovation Quotient
by James Higgins

Examine your organizational structure and purpose with a critical eye to evaluating its potential for innovation and change with the help of a fine handbook.

From analyses of innovation versus imitation processes to strategies and alternatives to traditional business approaches, this book is packed with original information.

Used as the criteria for selection for the Global Innovation Award, this book features questionnaires that allow firms to test their current levels of innovation in the areas of product, process, marketing and management.

It includes lengthy and numerous descriptions of the 49 characteristics of innovative organizations.

Now available on the Mindwerx MindStuff store.



Only $22

Creative Thinking Courses & Advanced Learning

Where can you go to develop your Thinking, Learning and Creativity? Right here of course. Our public face to face programs run in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Auckland and include:
  • Critical Creative Thinking   
  • Empowering Creativity in Teams
  • de Bono's Six Thinking Hats
  • de Bono's Lateral Thinking
  • de bono's Power of Perception
  • Tony Buzan's Mind Mapping 
  • iThink therefore iMindMap
  • Range & Rapid (Speed) Reading    
  • Memory & Memorability

In case you are travelling there are programs in Singapore and South Africa.

  • Applied Creativity & Innovation - Singapore
  • Buzan Licensed Instructor Program - Gold_Coast and South Africa

For more information and dates see dedicated information pages on and  


iMindMap 5 to be released 6 April

Do you want to share Mind Maps with the Team?

Are you graphically challenged?

Love Mind Maps but your hand-drawn ones look crappy?

Get ready to master the all new iMindMap 5
- the only Official Mind Mapping software endorsed by Tony Buzan. 

Jennifer was in Dubai last week working with Tony and the ThinkBuzan team and is now fully accredited in iMindMap 5. 

At her hand's on "iThink therefore iMindMap' workshops coming up in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth Jennifer will be giving participants all the hints and tips to get the most from iMindMap.

If you're ready to master Mind Mapping with software, be sure to get along to these courses now.  

Remember if you buy iMindMap 4 now, you get a free upgrade to iMindMap 5, plus 3 months access to iMindMap Online. 

Get iMindMap 4 and 5 now. 


20% off "The Ultimate_Book of Mind Maps" when you buy iMindMap.

Start Today to become a Buzan Licensed Mind Mapping Instructor

The next Australian/NZ Brain_Camp for people wanting to become accredited in Mind Mapping (hand-drawn and iMindMap) is on 17-20 May 2011.

Did you know ... Your training and personal development begins as soon as your register,

You get immediate access to online material, and a Tony Buzan book to read and Mind Map. 

You can attend the Mind Mapping and iMindMap foundation courses in your closest capital city for free.

You also get personal feedback from Buzan Master_Trainer Jennifer Goddard on the Mind Maps you prepare for the Brain_Camp.

This ensures you come to the Brain_Camp fully prepared to become an outstanding_trainer in Tony Buzan's Mind Mapping and his iMindMap software.

More information on how to become a professional Mind Mapping Instructor through the Buzan Licensed Instructor program.
Gold_Coast, Australia - 17-20 May 2011 - Hurry, only 4 places left.

Contact Jennifer now (jennifer[at][dot]au) to ask any questions and see how you can get started.

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25 Mar 2011

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