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De Bono's Thinking Course Paperback – 5 Aug 2004
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From the Back Cover
Little attention is paid to the skill of thinking. There is a belief that information and intelligence are enough. Intelligence is like the horsepower of a car but thinking is the skill with which the car is driven. There are some highly intelligent people who are poor thinkers and some less intelligent people, who are better at thinking.
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.
Learn to think and take control of your life.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Edward de Bono, the inventor of the term lateral thinking, is widely believed to be the worlds 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 individuals to maximise their thinking abilities.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
I actually bought it again for my girlfriend rather than myself, she didn't know of it but is studying for a degree in Textile Art & Design so I thought that not only would she appreciate the content but it might aid the creative process, even though it is not written with that in mind.
I was always able to think laterally, but this book improved that ability greatly, such that parts of it, subconsciously, are permanently with me. Plus now that my girlfriend has a copy I can look forward to reading it again and enjoying it as much as before.
"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.
The six thinking hats introduces our minds to a new of way of organising our thinking so as to improve the output. In the years that I have taught the skill, I have witnessed vast improvements in the way people make decisions. Additionally the system that Edward proposes benefits meetings by preventing individuals to wonder off and lose sight of the focus.
In essence Edward proposes that thinking is divided into 6 categories representing the focus for thinking, information, constructive, cautionary and creative thinking as well as considering emotions. All this artfully connected to coloured hats to add connectively to the type of thinking in progress.
A simple yet very effective set of tools that will enhance the quality of your decision making.
This book has been such a life changer for me that I included the values in a book I wrote with Edward de Bono writing the foreword. Change Directions: Perceive It - Believe It - Achieve It
Like driving, like golf and one or two other past times, people think they are pretty good at thinking and it cannot be improved. They're not. Yet they can. Simply.
OK, this book could easily be shortened, yet books "must be of a certain length to sell", according to publishers. Hence the length.
Yes it's long, but who says you must read every word? The summaries do nicely.
What works even beter is applying the principles. Use it and see, but do give the exercises an fairs stab at working before deciding.
Are you having never ending discussions in your team, then this way of structuring your meeting is highly recommended and it will surely lead to better results.