The Power of Impossible Thinking

Start the Book

Recognize the power and limits of mental models

Our models define our world

Running the Miracle Mile

Keeping your models relevant

Off to the Races

New Maps

Transform Your World

Dismantle the Old Order

Find Common Ground to Bridge Adaptive Disconnects

Act Quickly and Effectively

Develop the Intuition to Act Quickly

Challenging Your Own Thinking

The Neuroscience Behind Mental Models


A fundamental message of The Power of Impossible Thinking is that what you see in any situation depends in very large part upon what you bring to the table. What you see in this book (and this web site) is no exception.You are involved as much as we are in the process of making sense of the ideas presented. More than what we have written here, your own experiences and mindsets will shape what you get out of this process.

If you think this isn’t the way to introduce a book, we ask that you set aside your existing model and give us a little time to win you over. We also invite you to let us know your reactions so we can challenge ourselves and our own mental models, and would very much appreciate it if you would contact us with your feedback - which, with your permission, we will be sharing via this site in the future.

How to Use this Site

Impossible Thinking

The 2 main goals of this site are to provide the following:

  1. A 'follow-up' tool for people who have already read the book, summarising some of the exercises.
  2. A 'taster' for people considering buying the book, with links to buy from major booksellers.

Finding Your Way Around

Site navigation is via the left-hand menu.

Follow-up sections are divided into the four numbered sections shown in the diagram.

Where to Buy

Wharton School Publishing

Pearson Education

Now in Paperback!

Paperback Cover

ISBN: 0131877283; Published: Jan 30, 2006