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De Bono's Thinking Course [Paperback]

Dr Edward De Bono
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5 Aug 2004
Transform your thinking! Is the way you think like the colour of your eyes - something you are born with and cannot alter? Or is thinking a skill that can be improved with practice, like swimming, tennis or cooking? In this practical book, Edward de Bono lays out some simple but powerful tools with which we can optimise our thinking, decision making and problem solving. Most of the errors of thinking are errors of perception and that is precisely where these tools help. It helps you learn: how to enhance your thinking processes by developing your perception; how to make the most of your thinking skills and how thinking differs from intelligence; and how to make decisions, and deal with emotions and values whilst focusing on the future. Edward de Bono, the inventor of the term 'lateral thinking' is widely believed to be the world's leading authority on the direct teaching of thinking as a skill. He is the author of over 60 books and his methods are widely used in many countries. He advises multinational corporations and also works with education bodies to enable us to maximise our thinking abilities.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Active; 1 edition (5 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563522046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563522041
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 707,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Edward de Bono studied at Christ Church, Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar). He also holds a Ph.D from Cambridge and an MD from the University of Malta. He has held appointments at the universities of Oxford, London, Cambridge and Harvard. In 1967, de Bono invented the now commonly used term 'lateral thinking' and, for many thousands, indeed millions, of people worldwide, his name has since become a symbol of creativity and new thinking. He has written numerous books, which have been translated into 34 languages, and his advice is sought by Nobel laureates and world leaders alike. www.edwarddebono.com.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy 15 Oct 2009
By Keith Lawson VINE VOICE
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This is simply a "must buy". Other books (even by the great man himself) often contain only one idea and use pages to justify it and show examples and research. This, on the other hand, is a manual for improving one's thinking skills; it contains so much.
If you are a teacher, you MUST buy this and improve your classes - guaranteed (from my personal experience) especially the PMI technique. I have revolutionised class discussion and debate by employing PMI.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwile compendium of thinking tools 6 Feb 2013
By Alan A
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I've always had mixed feelings about Edward de Bono's books, ever since he spun so much mileage out of "lateral thinking", which to me, was just an everyday thinking skill, to which de Bono had coined a new label. I find hiss writing style rather tedious; his books seem devoid of humour. A lot of his explanations are badly phrased and thus awkward to follow. He often takes a simple idea (such as 'lateral thinking' and 'six thinking hats') and spins it out into a whole book, where it could have been adequately described in just one succinct chapter. You could probably distil all of his useful ideas into one good book. However, he has chosen to write as many different books as possible based on his few, mostly-not-very-original ideas. So, his various books tend to cover a lot of common ground. Indeed, I consider deBono to be more of a book-writing machine than a gifted innovator.

"Thinking Course" does, at least, pack a lot of different concepts into one worthwhile manual. When I first looked at this book, about 20 years ago, I thought the concepts covered in this book were rather elementary, but cooked up to look cleverer than they really were. However, on re-reading this book, more carefully in 2013, I find that my cognitive skills were improved by reading it with increased focus and reflection. Perhaps I was due for a thinking refresher-course!

De Bono was born into aristocracy, in Malta, which may explain why his writing seems just a little alien at times. There is no doubt that he's well-educated. The amount of benefit you gain from his books will probably be largely down to how well you can find ways to utilize the ideas therein. Even if you already know the ideas covered in this book, it may benefit you to revisit them - especially if some time has passed since you last explored a book of creative-thinking tools.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Showing its age 18 Sep 2006
By Tony Jones VINE VOICE
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This book really deserves a better score, sadly it is showing its age in many places, and much of the material is wdiely available in any number of other books.

As a professional trainer in problem solving, there are still nuggets in here that are worth the entrance fee, but I would suggest that this book is aprt from that only useful as an introduction to the techniques for those that have little experienc e or knowledge
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read for Real-Life Problem-Solvers 28 Mar 2000
By Arthur W. Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
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As a tenured law-professor in a school dedicated to teaching lawyers to solve problems creatively, I consider de Bono's book the most startlingly original and comprehensive book I've encountered on the subject. Moreover, it convincingly reveals how unaware teachers, academics, journalists, politicians, and other professionals are of the mental shackles we wear as our legacy from the Western Tradition of "thinking." For the price, it's just-under-200 pages can't be beat!
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will change how you think 27 April 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
If there was ever a book that changed my life, this is it. This book is a synopsis of many of de Bono's other books. It is written simply and filled with bits of humour. It's a quick read, and the ideas and tools he introduces are meant to focus your thinking skills and change your perspective on how thinking is done. Please get this book and read it with an open mind. You will like it
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DeBono's Thinking Course is a great book! 6 Jan 1998
By sbailey987@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
The Thinking Course by Edward DeBono is a terrific work for anyone who strives for creativity, innovation, or new ideas. Not only does he help one grasp how we think, he provides specific ways to think differently and bring structure to the process of thinking. This book is a hidden treasure that I will recommend to many of my professional colleagues and friends.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised 6 May 2003
By Bradley A. Swope - Published on Amazon.com
REVIEW: I received a copy of this book by accident. I decided to read it anyway since I am a "thinking" personality type and the book looked easy to read. I was expecting the book to read like a hyped-up mass market self help book. I was pleasantly surprised. I found the book very practical, easy to read, and genuine. I picked up a good deal of useful information and helpful methods. These include understanding (within the brain) what makes things seem funny to step-by-step thinking procedures.
De bono writes very simply and even when he explains theoretical concepts the explanations are not technical. There is some tendency by the author to regularly cite his many other books and to use his own made up words and acronyms. I found the citations to the other works authentic and not overt plugs. Similarly the use of coined terms and acronyms seemed very practical and not driven by ego as I've noticed with many authors.
STRENGTHS: Very practical methods and ideas to improve thinking, easy to read, short chapters. Optional practice activities and not too technical or academic.
WEAKNESSES: Some might not like the regular use of coined terms and acronyms. Only cites his own books. Some things explained too briefly.
WHO SHOULD READ THIS BOOK: Anyone interested in improving their thinking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Have an open mind! 14 Aug 2003
By Ryan Knudson - Published on Amazon.com
This book was a quick read and totally worth the time. De Bono explains many methods to help you keep an open mind about many common situations. He explains that the mind wants certainty in order to take action, but that sometimes to get this certainty, the mind will use a familiar pattern of thinking that may not necessarily apply to the situation under consideration, while ignoring many possibilities. The more our minds use the same patterns, the easier it is to use the same pattern even if the situation doesn't call for it. For example, say you commonly jump on the defensive in personal situations and believe people do things without considering you. You may ignore possible alternatives in many personal situations and use the same destructive pattern to interpret many of your personal encounters. In one section of the book, De Bono compares these patterns of thinking to pouring hot ink on a bowl of jello. The ink will make an indention. Then if you pour the ink and melted jello out, the indention remains. And the next time you pour hot ink into the same jello, the ink will deepen the same indention in the jello. In the same way, the more our minds use certain patterns to interpret the world, the easier it becomes to use the same patterns time and time again. This book teaches you to recognize your familiar patterns of thinking and move beyond them if necessary. A really interesting read. De Bono does not attack Western thought. On the other hand, he simply objectively describes some of the history behind it and the fact that it was necessary and most practical at one time. In the end of the book, he gives a layout for setting up a "thinking club" which if set up would probably resemble Benjamin Franklin's "Junto." Excellent read!
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