SPOS #639 – Open To Think With Dan Pontefract

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Welcome to episode #639 of Six Pixels of Separation

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #639 – Host: Mitch Joel. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Dan Pontefract for some time. I’ve also been (more than) slightly intimidated by him (and his smarts). Dan has a big, big brain (and he knows how to use it). He’s the bestselling author of three book: The Purpose Effect, Flat Army and his recently published, Open To Think. He’s the Chief Envisioner of TELUS Transformation Office, where he helps organizations and leaders looking to improve all facets of the “future of work,” including employee engagement, leadership development, collaborative behaviours, organizational purpose, digital transformation and corporate culture. He’s also an Adjunct Professor at the Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria. This year, the Thinkers50 organization placed him on their “On the Radar” list (a huge honor). On this episode, we crack open his latest book, Open To Think, and discuss how leaders should slow down, get more creative in their thinking, and where better decisions come from. Enjoy the conversation…

Download the Podcast here: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #639 – Host: Mitch Joel.


  1. Mitch,
    This was an intelligent conversation you had with Dan Pontecraft.
    There was something I read from the book “The Effective Executive” by Peter Drucker that I will share with here. It actually is in the Foreword by Jim Collins.
    He writes, “The ratio of a leader’s performance to those on his or her team remains constant; therefore, if you want the average performance of those around you to go up, you must first improve your own performance.”
    Our leaders are not elevating their thinking for the average to go up. Instead they are doing everything to bring down the average. We have a president in US who lies everytime he speaks, so why should people do any thinking since they are “thinking” that if he was so stupid, then how did he become president. We are now using “alternative logic” in US.
    We are doomed since it is in the interest of people in power to make sure people don’t think. Our education is of no help since they are now focusing on developing job skills and not developing critical thinking skills. I am not optimistic.

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