Creating a New Mindset for the Age of Networks

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  • Philip Weiss
  • Hyperthinking is predicated on the assumption that the single most important skill required to help you and your organization thrive in the age of perpetual change, digital communications and networks is the mind-set of individuals. This includes your values, your ability to learn and ability to adapt to change.

    After 14 years of experience with leading global companies, author Philip Weiss has developed an approach that pulls together the ingredients needed for the modern executive to both adapt and thrive in this new age. The Hyperthinking model has been developed and tested on teams, clients and the author’s networks with great success. The book explains how Hyperthinking can apply to different facets of our lives, starting from our personal experience and our role in society and shows how to adapt better to the new business world.

    Hyperthinking is a set of values and tools that, used in combination, enable individuals to embrace change develop their creativity and effectively engage in the digital age. It has been tested by a variety of business executives and helped them to understand change, as well as overcome fear or resistance to technology.

    Philip Weiss offers the perfect antidote to information overload; a wonderful blueprint for personal and organizational innovation; and a set of perspectives to help us all make sense of a fast-changing business environment. Read it and start Hyperthinking!
  • Contents: Hyperthinking: executive summary; Part 1 The Beginning of the End of Business as Usual: Flying high; Risks or opportunities?; Meet Paul. Part 2 Defining a New Language: Shifting your perspective; A new word…a new concept. Part 3 The Four Dimensions of Hyperthinking: Hypershifting; Hyperlearning; Hyperlinking; Hyperacting; Collaboration. Part 4 Becoming a Hyperthinker: Embarking on the journey; (Almost) the final word. Part 5 Stories of Hyperthinking: Meet the real hyperthinkers; Catching up with Paul; Index.
  • About the Author: Whilst studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford, Philip Weiss launched two college magazines, started the first student radio station on a full FM licence in the UK, and received the Young Achievers Award from HM the Queen.

    In Brussels he set up ZN a leading eCommunications agency working with companies, political institutions like the European Commission and Parliament and organisations on how to use the Internet to integrate and transform communication. He works with such household names as Toyota, Microsoft, Sony, Sanofi Pasteur, UCB and various industry associations. His Hyperthinking model was developed to enable the ZN team and their clients manage rapid change and innovation to adapt their strategies and structures to the age of networks.

    In 2009, Philip helped co-found TEDxBrussels. He is now Chairman of IABC Europe (International Association of Business Communicators).
  • Reviews: ‘Networks don’t just change the way we interact with each other; they change the way we think, we learn and how we make decisions. Philip Weiss’ HyperThinking captures the essence of these changes convincingly and provides you with a clear route to the thinking processes you will need to survive and thrive in this radically new and fast-changing business environment.
    Thomas Power, CEO and founder Ecademy

    ‘Shifting your thinking patterns is the key to embracing change. HyperThinking is the kind of book you should read when you are in the middle of change, of a conflict, when you're managing a difficult project, when you just changed jobs, when you had your first child, when you just retired. It's a book about the way we think, or rather the way we think we think, and what this means for the rest of our lives. What this book taught me is that we have to live in a world where we cannot rely on traditional thinking patterns - these must be continuously challenged if we want to adapt to the ever-changing environment we live in. This is called hyperthinking, and it is giving people who want to make an impact on the world we live in a competitive edge. Some are natural-born hyperthinkers, others will have to learn it the hard way. This book will give you a headstart and will provide for an enjoyable and thought-provoking read. I'm proud to be a hyperthinker. Soon, you will feel the same way too.’
    Aurelie Valtat, Digital Communications Manager, European Council

    ‘HyperThinking reminds us that we live in a constant flux of ideas and events, propelled along by the economics, technology and politics of our time. But Phil Weiss takes us beyond Heraclitus as he explores the tools for navigating the ever-changing river. By embracing the four modes of hyperthinking, everyone can move beyond convention and the fear of failure, and flex their thinking-muscles for innovative outcomes. In spite of the proven results over 100 years of the Montessoris and Steiners and Neills and Piagets of this world, most national education systems still turn out far more conformists than iconoclasts - possibly a good thing for the stability of society, but not for stimulating life-long creative learning. With HyperThinking, Phil Weiss shows how to shed sluggish groupthink and apply heuristic playfulness to your workday - or even personal - problems. How to leave behind the conservatism of traditional formal education and shift to more creative solutions by enthusiastically engaging technology in networking and learning. Read this book before a hyperthinker makes your job irrelevant!’
    Ian Andersen, External Communications Adviser, European Commission

    ‘Phil Weiss invented the concept of Hyperthinking. In these pages he brings his ideas alive and shares the principles with a flair for storytelling and an eclectic mix of sources, examples and case studies. He's the Tony Buzan of the internet generation.’
    Marc Wright, Chairman, simplygroup

    'Change - be it cultural, social or economic - seems to have hit hyperspeed as technology facilitates ever faster and easier social networking. Weiss takes a long, unblinking look at this world in constant flux, and sees only promise and opportunity. His hyperthinking approach gives readers a practical and structured way to embrace change, incorporate it into their lives, and thrive in the wild, wired west.
    Drawing upon great thinkers like Nieztche, Thomas Kuhn, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, and his own experiences and those of others, Weiss proposes a 4-dimensional hyper-approach. First, detachment allows yourself to see how you think, and to recognize the paradigms within which our thinking may stagnate. Then, to escape our calcified mental models we need to adopt a state of permanent learning. Playful exploration of the web and social media, allows us to connect, share and expand the reach and impact of our actions. And finally, quite simply, we are told to experiment, to act, to get out there and make things happen.
    Weiss demystifies the digital world and provides simple and practical advice on how to thrive in the new wired society.'
    Angus Thomson, Director, Vaccination Policy & Advocacy, Sanofi Pasteur

    ‘Innovation will come from people and entities who understand networks, and recognize new types of intelligence in those networks. This world of exponential innovation, in which everything is connecting to everything else, will need more hyperthinkers.’
    Samia Lounis De Brouwer, Co-Founder Scanadu and Director TEDxBrussels

    ‘…HyperThinking brings together a theory, concepts and real examples all in the name of technology and information. Changing our way of thinking can be difficult to do. But if you are up for the challenge and want to elevate your perspective, I’d give this book a try.’ Christian Swan, IABC Communication World magazine
    'Philip Weiss is one of the most creative thinkers of his generation. Straight from Oxford he founded the ZN agency, which engaged major global corporations from the dawn of the internet age. HyperThinking is a distillation of his experience at ZN, and provokes us all to benefit from the family of internet technologies, in the way we handle life and work in a rapidly changing world. Profound as well as playful, HyperThinking invites us all to immerse ourselves in the new technologies - and adapt our analysis, thinking and behaviour for the networked world. An important book for all those involved in communicating ideas, policies and activities for their business.’
    James Arnold-Baker, former CEO, Oxford University Press and founding of Chairman of Doctors.net.uk

    ‘In the world of integral leadership we read a lot about developing worldviews, values, consciousness and the like. Often cognitive development is assumed. In this small volume we find a presentation of an approach to thinking this is useful for changing life conditions in which networks of relationships are becoming more and more complex.’
    Integral Leadership Review