Upside-Down Thinking: Interesting Examples

These Examples of Upside-Down Thinking are adapted from ‘The Age of Unreason’ by Charles Handy.

  • Upside-Down Thinking wonders what magic it is that determines that forty hours spread over five days should be the working week for most people.. Why not distribute the 2000 hours per year in a wide variety of chunks?
  • Upside-Down Thinking recognizes that it must be desirable to reward some experts for NOT using their skills.. At present dentists are paid per treatment.. Shouldn’t they be paid for no-treatment because no one has bad teeth ?
  • Upside-Down Thinking suggests that instead of National Curriculum for education what might be needed is an individual curriculum for every child- within common guidelines maybe
  • Upside-Down Thinking wonders why assistants are always younger than their principles.. why couldn’t people retrain in mid-life to be part time assistants to doctors, teachers, social workers, and lawyers.
  • Upside-Down Thinking wonders why roads are free and railways expensive in most countries, and suspects that it ought to be the other way around.

Upside-Down Thinking


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