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My work centres around big picture thinking, and noticing tiny clues.

Many years ago, I figured out that my practice is to think as a visual cloudspace (even using "cloud" language then), by looking at all sides of an object at the same time. When solving a deep problem, I immerse myself deep into the clouds of… Read More
My work centres around big picture thinking, and noticing tiny clues.

Many years ago, I figured out that my practice is to think as a visual cloudspace (even using "cloud" language then), by looking at all sides of an object at the same time. When solving a deep problem, I immerse myself deep into the clouds of data, and become/engulf the problem/challenge/question and invent and sort through many options really quickly, and if involving immediate risk and deep challenge, often come to a potential first solution within 2-5 minutes (but then might have to spend the next few months or years explaining it).

For example...

In a machine shop class years ago, we had an assignment to create salt & pepper shakers using a manually-operated milling machine made to do a max 6 sides. I asked my teacher if I could make a 7sider. He laughed and said it was impossible. 45 minutes later, I handed him the 7-sided part.

Or another time, when dating an historic building to 1855-56: after wracking my brain while looking at 8 months of data, and having a niggling thought that the building was from the mid-1850s (not 1858-59), I went to bed one night, and woke up from a dream about all the data cascading back to a specific primary document (year, record type, sub-type) that must be located in the university archives. The archivist showed me an uncatalogued stack of mid-19th C records donated 30 years previously, and we found the document there.

Using my visualization skills, kayaking expertise, and a tiny clue, I went to a paddling friend, a top-10 whitewater slalom Olympian, and changed his thinking about the tiny nuances of how he paddles. When Olympic results are measured in 1,000th's of a second, tiny changes offer the opportunity to produce dramatic results.

At another company, the production manager and I were able to protect the company reputation across Europe by finding a 6 year old design and pattern flaw, involving 1/2 cm of stitch placement, after the shop shipped out kit that failed during an Arctic expedition.

This is what I do for my employers --deeply investigate the market ground to find the holes that others often do not see. Doing novel work on my own first, finding a neat gap that is like the sinkholes we investigate in caving--at first glance, the solution looks innocuous, but the implications can be well beyond the immediate challenge--and sometimes staggeringly unexpected. Read Less
1) Deep Market / Competitive Analysis
2) Creating original go-to-market strategies
3) Community Visioning / Re-Visioning
Member Since: Jul 9, 2012