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de Bono's Thinking Course

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  539 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Argues that thinking is a skill that can be developed, offers advice on perception, lateral thinking, and decision making, and tells how to start a thinking club.
Paperback, Revised, 196 pages
Published August 1st 1994 by Facts on File (first published June 1st 1985)
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May 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Edward De Bono is regarded as the father of ‘lateral thinking’. He first invented this term ‘lateral thinking’ way back in 1967. Today this term finds a place in the Oxford English Dictionary.

What exactly is lateral thinking? On his official website the author states: “You cannot dig a hole in a different place by digging the same hole deeper”. This means that trying harder in the same direction may not be as useful as changing direction. Effort in the same direction (approach) will not necessar
Sep 25, 2011 rated it liked it
"Edward de Bono is considered by many to be the leading authority in the world on the direct teaching of thinking as a skill." Few will argue against the fact that de Bono is a pioneer of "thinking about thinking," as very rarely can you progress through a nexus of learning without acknowledging his vast contributions.

The best part of this text, which was required reading for my graduate degree, is how he gives the reader a glimpse into how their mind's eye truly works. However, with that being
Aug 26, 2008 marked it as to-read
recommended by Stefan Sagmeister. 'nuff said. ...more
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rik by: Nicki
For me it is a novel idea that you can be taught how to think, but having read this book I now agree with the authors main point. I read this as a library book, but I think to get the best out of it I would need to own a copy, and deliberately go over the material repeatedly, to make better thinking a natural part of my life. Some of the authors examples seemed a little biased, especially where he says that God cannot have a sense of humour as he already knows the punchline. Some things are funn ...more
Zoffix Znet
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've read the 1982 version.

Quite a surprising read, as I've never considered "thinking" as being a skill, which is the main point of the book. The book teaches various techniques for generating alternatives, exploring ideas, considering others' view points, and arriving at a satisfactory result.

The author introduces over a dozen of acronyms and invented words for his concepts. At the end of the book, I barely remembered one or two of them. I feel this book is best used as a textbook, with plenty
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
All De Bono's work I've read is like alluring brain food. I just want to sit on a dead camel and begin reading Jiddu Krishnamuti's 'The First and Last Last Freedom' again.

NB: As far as reviews are concerned; personally, it was an honour reading it. In fact, I was truly overjoyed to the degree that tears of euphoria ran down my ass cheeks jubilantly. 4/5
Peggy Chau
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book should be read by every teacher.
Cat Rayne
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good thinkers aren’t born; they’re made.

Dr de Bono’s work on building skills to improve critical thinking, broaden perceptions and be more effective in problem solving transcends generations.

In our hopelessly divided nation, many of these tools in the book could build not just consensus, but valid solutions to a myriad of problems inherent to the 21st century. Reducing everything to either/or, one side or the other is hopelessly intellectually dishonest and fails..

A book written over 40 years ag
Mihai Cristian
Jan 21, 2021 rated it liked it
The book is a series of thinking exercises. It tries to be as practical as possible, which is nice and proposes that thinking, like swimming or cooking, is a skill that must be practiced in order to become better at. For this, he invented a bunch of methods, mostly on the idea of looking for different perspectives upon things and focusing our attention to the problem in a structured way. It was a pretty enjoyable and light read.
Harry Van Der Velde
May 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I think I read this in 1986 and introduced met into thinking as a skill instead as a given talent. Using my brain deliberately as a tool felt like a reassuring way to look at my thinking. Social and emotional insecurity obstructed my initiation of a thinking club, but for myself I used most of the tools to deeply unpack and understand many many topics. The book is a little gem and I wish this would be standard material in any school where people come to use their brains.
Fabrizio Poli
May 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
I am a fan of both Edward De Bono and Tony Buzan and I think their work goes hand in hand in helping us to use our brains more effectively. This is a quick read with lots of tools to help reason through and make difficult decisions easier to make. A great little reference book for anyone seeking to do their best in life.
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-read-again
A great book for anyone who would like to have a new tools for her thinking toolbox. I will re-read this book.
Diana Sandberg
It seems many people find this book inspiring, but I didn't make it very far in. The frequency with which he references others of his volumes really got up my nose. Reads like an infomercial. ...more
Sep 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because, print designer, Stefan Sagmeister recommended it in a Q&A—De Bono's 'Thinking Course' shows many exercises on how you can improve your thinking. The brain, by necessity is very good at thinking automatically. But when it comes to creative ideas, the brain also wants to think in repetition. So DeBono shows you some ways to trick the brain out of thinking in repetitions, to throw it out of its regular paths. I think ALL designers (or anyone) should read this book. DeBono ...more
Feb 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Edward De Bono has written many books and each book has something special to each of them. This book could be considered as a concise version of everything what De Bono has taught over several years in several books. It's concise so it could feel truncated as well. I liked it but I wonder how an absolute beginner to De Bono's work would find it. It should have been a bit more comprehensive in case of exercises in after each chapter. ...more
Dec 11, 2012 rated it liked it
how about instead of thinking like a wanna be about just be, I mean, just be a person who is willing to dwell on finding out the truth..go to the library, go on to a subject, focus and focus and find out more about certain subjects both sides of the coin...but finding out the truth, one sees better at 360 particular extra power or perceptions needed..
Gerald Berke
Feb 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
One of the books I read on and off... too much to absorb, certainly too much to remember and spew forth, the kind of book that reminds and instructs anew.
It's about thinking, how do to it, and what it's not and what is not thinking
This is definitely a book that you need to sit down and mull over and do all the exercises to get anything out of it. I did a few with my husband and let him carry on reading it himself. You do have to persevere with it as its not a a light flick through book.
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Book deals with thinking such as creative thinking and lateral thinking. The book doesn't go in to much detail about how to apply CoRT and Lateral thinking into education. Quick read, but doesn't give research to back... mostly just general knowledge type learning. ...more
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of the things I like about De Bono's books is that they are very practical oriented. He's not only talking about thinking in general, he's digging in deep. Mostly what you'll find in this books are techniques on how to improve your thinking process and decision making, no bla-bla. ...more
Nov 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book offers many techniques for analyzing and improving your thinking skills. Be sure to copy down the procedural steps as they will fade from memory after a while.
Mar 19, 2009 rated it liked it
A different way to view things. Quite informative. A lot about lateral thinking.
Nov 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: design
One of the best books on the thinking skills as a process and argumentations for new paradigms in thinking.
Dewey Norton
Sep 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Presents a number of techniques, some invented by the author on how to think, which involves a higher level of skill than expected.
Oct 13, 2010 rated it did not like it
Good idea...pompous writing and arrogant presentation. could have been written in one page...
Anne Marie
Truly mind-expanding. Read at 12 years of age - made the grey matter even sharper (in my humble opinion! LOL!)
 هشام   خالد
Well its a little bit complicated or maybe my english is just poor . Yet I didn't understand the techniques fully . What I've understood was useful though ...more
Mar 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Great ideas, but the book doesn't go into enough detail or have useful examples. I got this as part of a seminar, which was much more helpful in explaining how to use the tools. ...more
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A nice summation of all his other work, less the Six Hats technique.
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting book for those who want to develop techniques to focus the thought on a specific goal .

The book has several techniques thought to define and focus on an object of thought.
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Edward de Bono is a Maltese physician, author, inventor, and consultant. He is best known as the originator of the term lateral thinking (structured creativity) and the leading proponent of the deliberate teaching of thinking in schools.

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