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Edward de Bono’s Effective Thinking Course

By Edward de Bono (includes links to many of his other books)

  • index.htm
  • Part 1: Basic Thinking Tools
    • 1. Are you a thinker? This section looks at your self image as a thinker and at thinking skills
    • 2. P.M.I .
      • Analysis of Plus, Minus and Interesting points.
      • This is a powerful tool for considering new ideas
    • 3. A.G.O .
      • The examination of Aims, Goals and Objectives.
      • A.G.O . is used to clarify thinking , for example, when considering new initiatives
    • 4. CAF
      • CAF involves a structured process to the Consideration of All Factors.
      • It is often used when considering situations prior to developing ideas.
      • CAF helps ensure that no possibilities have been overlooked.
    • 5. O.P.V .
      • O.P.V . is an extension of CAF that gets you to consider Other People’s Views.
      • Almost any thinking activity involves other people, at least indirectly: choices, decisions, plans, and so forth.
      • O.P.V . tries to get the thinker inside the heads of those involved.
    • 6. FIP
      • FIP is a basic tool like the others.
      • It provides a deliberate instruction to you (or to others) to focus directly on priorities (in general or at a particular moment).
      • FIP stands for First Important Priorities.
    • 7. A.P.C .
      • A.P.C . is another of the convenience tools that we can use with ourselves or with others in order to direct our minds to carry out some task.
      • A.P.C . involves looking for the Alternatives, Possibilities or Choices (whichever is appropriate) in that situation.
    • 8. C.& S.
      • " C" stands for Consequences,
      • " S" stands for Sequel.
      • Doing a " C&S" means focusing upon and spelling out the consequences that might arise from a decision, course of action or change of any sort.
  • Part 2: Thinking Situations
    • 1. Plan and action:
      • Getting things done, making something happen, implementation, carrying something out.
      • Thinking is involved not only in arriving at a decision but also in carrying it out.
      • Planning is usually an essential part of getting something done.
    • 2. Decision and evaluation:
      • Judging the value of an option.
        • Is this worth doing?
      • Making decisions and making choices.
      • Why decision making can be so difficult.
      • Decision-making as necessity and opportunity.
    • 3. Problem-solving and design:
      • Finding solutions to problems, and designing solutions to problems.
      • In a sense any design task is also a problem-solving task because there is something to be achieved and no obvious way of achieving it
    • 4. Coping and organising :
      • Coping with confusion and mess.
      • Creating order out of chaos.
      • Organising different elements so that the whole works- a common enough real-life situation.
    • 5. Negotiation and conflict:
      • Two party situations.
      • Each side trying to get what it wants.
      • This extends from win/win or mutual benefit negotiation to argument and conflict.
    • 6. Communication and persuasion:
      • The transfer of information.
      • The transfer of perceptions.
      • Getting other people to see what you want them to see.
      • Clarity of communication.
      • Opening up perceptions in persuasion.
    • 7. Exploration and discussion:
      • Making a map of the situation.
      • Getting as much information as possible.
      • Investigation, hypothesis and hypothesis testing.
      • Explanation: what is going on?
      • Discussion with the purpose of exploring a situation: different information and different views.
    • 8. Opportunity and initiative:
      • "Greenfield" thinking.
      • Much of our thinking is reactive: we are forced to think about something.
      • In this Section we look at initiatives: we set out to think about something because we want to.
      • Looking for opportunities.
  • Part 3: Creativity and Lateral Thinking
    • 1. The need for lateral thinking:
      • Realising the need to improve the quality of our thinking.
      • Application of thinking to different areas.
    • 2. Basic level creativity:
      • The cure for arrogance and the deliberate search for alternatives: concepts and explorations.
      • The mechanics of new routes.
    • 3. Judgement and movement:
      • The difference between perception and processing.
      • Patterning systems, and the concept of idiom, humour , logic and lateral thinking.
    • 4. Escape:
      • The first technique of lateral thinking.
    • 5. Stepping stone:
      • The second technique.
    • 6. Random juxtaposition:
      • The third technique.
    • 7. The treatment of ideas:
      • Constraints, shaping, using and harvesting.
    • 8. Focus:
      • How to define the creative thrust.
      • The creation of idea sensitive areas for the generation of creative thinking.

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