Parkour Thinking in the Office
My Stanford Adventurous Thinking workshop concludes with Parkour, the last of the Five Ways thinking tools and definitely the most extreme. Parcours: ‘l’art du replacement’ is about getting from A to be in the most efficient way possible. Most importantly it's about never looking backwards, and never doing what's conventionally been done.In Adventurous Thinking terms that means turning a genre on its head. Taking the cliches and norms of a scenario and completely inverting them. The immediate results of inverting a norm feel gimmicky and easy to dismiss, but working hard, against your better judgement, to see an inversion through can deliver innovative leaps and bounds. As Jacques Derrida said of his disruptive deconstructionist philosophies, "If this work seems so threatening..this is because it isn't simply eccentric or strange, incomprehensible or exotic (which would allow them to dispose of it easily), but...competent, rigorously argued, and carrying conviction in its re-examination of the fundamental norms and premises of a number of dominant discourses..". Phew. OK - let me show you how my current students broke that into solutions for two real-life work issues.
1. Making the Transition from Restauranteur to Techie. Students suggested the conventional route would be to find highlight any tech-worthy experience within the subject's past, as well as interning and finding contacts within the desired tech field. Inverted, the advice became:
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A constantly curious multi-award-winning multifarian, Sally delights in positive disruption, advocating for adventurous thinking, creating more T-shaped people and STEAM.