Years ago in a lonely cabin high in the mountains my son and I passed the time with a self-made CoRT-card game. It was rather primitive: there were Thinking Situation Cards and Thinking Tools Cards. Both of us were given 10 Thinking Tools Cards, at random. Then you picked one Situation Card and applied an adequate Thinking Technique. The goal was to mention as many aspects you could, then it was the opponent's turn to explore additional aspects of the thinking situation. It was… Continue
Added by Gijs van Beeck Calkoen on April 30, 2009 at 9:48 —
I once suggested a change to the rules of soccer. When there is a draw then extra time is played. If there is still a draw there there is a penalty shoot-out. This introduces an element of luck. In addition if one side has a player good at penalty shooting then that side would win.
My suggestion would reflect the whole game. Every time the goalkeeper touched the ball that side gets a minus point. This would encourage attacks on goal and discourage passing back to the goal-keeper.… Continue
Added by Edward de Bono on April 29, 2009 at 16:23 —
I recently had a day off work and when I returned my desk was covered with notes from people asking me how to do this, or what needed to be done with that. As I sat there working my way through the pile I realised that most of the queries required no more than a moment or two of thinking to resolve or at least move forward. So my question is: how do you motivate people to think for themselves rather than leaving thinking to someone else?
Added by Daniel Parrish on April 29, 2009 at 12:19 —
I have just discovered this site during a lunchtime internet session. I have been interested in EdB's thinking tools for sometime now. I have read the six thinking hats book as well as several others. I have set myself the goal of using the tools every day and I hope this site will help me in this endeavour.
Anyway, I am posting to say hello and I hope to learn a lot from everyone on the site. I look forward to thinking with you!
Added by Daniel Parrish on April 27, 2009 at 13:13 —
While the following is a progression of thoughts on the phrase itself, the phrase is a metaphor in its own way, and so the questions and analyses are actually relating to theme of the creation of ideas.
Drawing from several creative and lateral thinking books including Dr. De Bono's, lets ask a few questions. (That should, as all good investigations do, lead to even more and ever more interesting questions - answers were always going to be difficult to come by and would be a… Continue
Added by Anish Joshi on April 26, 2009 at 22:29 —
Thinking tools/frameworks improve thinking skill much more than discussion does. One reason is that in discussion it's very difficult to pay attention to the thinking process rather than the content (because the content is interesting).
Understanding vs Use (of the thinking tools)
Understanding will never lead to use. Use can only come from habit and habit can only come from practice.
Added by Edward de Bono on April 23, 2009 at 23:51 —
Droughts in the Southwest and disappearing lakes in the Southeast of America, and increasingly arid areas in other parts of the world.
Australia is copping the rough end of the stick with respect to Global Warming - it never rains in their catchment areas any more; their cash-starved state govt. in New South Wales has just started building desalination plants and that's no solution because they only belch out CO2 and contribute further to Global Warming.
It's become so bad… Continue
Added by Linda Laird on April 23, 2009 at 12:49 —
I would like to see the de Bono Code used extensively here in the de Bono Society.
Irrespective of whether or not these codes are perfect, I think we should be giving them a trial run here as we exchange messages. There is nothing to lose.
I intend to maintain and update a list of codes that might be particularly suited to this forum, below.
Hopefully members will start using these codes and then the site admin can establish an… Continue
Added by Phil Bachmann on April 23, 2009 at 12:00 —
In the end thinking is the only means we have for delivering human values. Yet no bookshop has a section devoted to thinking. No university has a faculty of thinking. Only a few schools have a subject called 'thinking'. That is because we have been so satisfied with limited traditional thinking.
Added by Edward de Bono on April 23, 2009 at 10:30 —
When I was in the last year of high school I had the privilege of taking a geography course designed and taught by my father. It was not until many years after his death that I discovered his collection of de Bono books ( which I have since added to ). I can now see that these book influenced his teaching style and perhaps even his method of parenting.
To ThiMK was introduced to us as "the art of asking the right question". Since discovering the works of de Bono for myself, I am… Continue
Added by Mary McDowall on April 22, 2009 at 19:14 —
When asked to describe myself in one word, as part of my daughter's school assignment, I said creative. But on reflection I changed my mind and said resourceful. I tend to attribute creativity with something new or novel. Those ideas or images or actions that provoke an "ah ha" moment for me. On the other hand, being resourceful is the act of taking those original thoughts and rearranging them or reassigning to take advantage of them in some way that aides me or others.
Added by Mary McDowall on April 21, 2009 at 22:59 —
Don’t you just love that phrase?
“Thinking outside the box
You say you’re creative, and ideas person, you’re un-conventional and that’s the the label you’re assigned; you’re an "out of the box thinker”. Ah the cliche, and hence irony; an ‘outside the box thinker’ labeled in such a mundane, 'inside the box' way!
OK its just a phrase, a figure of speech implying a truly original way of looking at things, something different, an avant-garde solution. But… Continue
Added by Anish Joshi on April 21, 2009 at 22:16 —
I have just joined the society. I am a New Zealand Emergency Department Physician and lecturer in Psychological Medicine at Auckland School of Medicine. I am interested in research related to how our thinking affects our health and emotions and have written 2 international bestsellers on Healthy Thinking. I have invented an attitude profiling psychometric test and am about to conduct research on how specific thought patterns and beliefs can create stress while healthy alternatives can lead to… Continue
Added by Dr Tom Mulholland on April 19, 2009 at 2:00 —
Twitter has left me at the kerbside
Added by michael mcnamara on April 18, 2009 at 17:46 —
Recently, I invented a new word because there is a very real need for such a word. The word is 'ebne' which means 'Excellent But Not Enough'. If you want to change something you need to attack it. This is our usual dialectic thinking. We do not have an easy way of saying that something is excellent but not enough. The rear left wheel of a motor-car is excellent - but not enough for the functioning of a car. A chef who can cook the best omelette is excellent but not enough. Argument does have… Continue
Added by Edward de Bono on April 18, 2009 at 17:00 —
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We re constantly on the look out for new ideas (and new applications of old ones) people and products to work with us and our clients.
We're running a great project at the moment here in the North West of England where we're taking experienced TV freelancers and… Continue
Added by Andy Lovatt on April 17, 2009 at 9:30 —
The media, and especially the press, are usually full of negative news: murders, attacks, economic failures etc. It may be that experience has indeed shown that negative matters are of more interest to readers. Even if this is so, I believe that at least one page of positive news would be welcomed by readers. Readers would turn to this page - even if they found the negative stuff more interesting.
Editors might agree with me. Then they would ask where positive stuff is to come from.… Continue
Added by Edward de Bono on April 16, 2009 at 20:00 —
Un caluroso día de julio, mes excesivo en el que las mareas son más vivas y las pasiones más intensas, el autor de este Blog se encontraba sentado en el borde de la ventana mirando a las estrellas reflexionando - ¿Cómo podría dar salida a mis ideas, reflexiones, o incluso a mi creatividad?, Me hubiera apetecido ser artista, escritor, fotógrafo,…. y compartirlo.
La conjunción de la llegada del verano, los últimos acontecimientos sucedidos en el mundo, el que se acercaba a los cuarenta… Continue
Added by Fernando Barrenechea on April 15, 2009 at 11:41 —
Making sure I know what the topic is on this site. yes, I agree with 'what can be, rather than what is.' I agree with de Bono's statement "The purpose of thinking is to arrange the inner and outer world so as to serve and improve our values." I'm not sure who the 'our' refers to and values differ, but my two central values ( which I want my thinking to serve) are active compassion and profound appreciation. To explain -1) there is too much needless suffering in the world which good thinking… Continue
Added by Diane Yeldon on April 15, 2009 at 3:01 —
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