Thinking course by Edward De Bono's ~ 3 minutes read
I finished this book in April 2021. I recommend it 9/10.
The book is about optimizing your thinking, decision making, and problem-solving.
This book is not particularly well-written, but it did make me think about thinking—and that was the point. As you will see in the note section, there were many tools provided; these seem obvious, but it seems very practical to have handy when spelled out. Get your copy here.
My thoughts and notes:
PMI - Should most especially be used when we have no doubt about the situation but have instantly decided that we like it or don't like it.
P stands for Plus or good points.
M stands for Minus or bad points.
I stand for Interesting or interesting points.
APC - Helps make deliberate effort to generate alternatives at a given point.
A stands for Alternatives.
P stands for Possibilities.
C stands for Choices.
Look for patterns. An example could be that you get a letter with difficult handwriting. You might find a word you recognize, and from there, you break down the shape of each letter in that word—giving you a pattern to try to solve other words in the letter.
Use lateral thinking to shake to process.
What if cups were made of ice
What if you could only dial one digit on a phone
What if you got paid for taking the bus
What if there is a school examination every day
What if fat people got paid more
What if paper goes black after one week
CAF (Consider All Factors) and C & S (Consequence and Sequel) are tools designed to counter the tendency for thinking to be ego-centric and very short term.
EBS (Examine Both Sides) and ADI (Agreement, Disagreement, and Irrelevance) and OPV (Other Peoples Views) are the standard thinking in the western world of courts and politics.
AGO This is an attention-directing "thinking tool" which is very simple to use; it can be difficult to use in practice.
TEC is a very simple structure for focusing thinking and making it a deliberate task.
Target and Task
Expand and Explore
Contract and Conclude
Target and Task:
New design of telephone
Correct some faults
Additional functions to be added to telephone
Some new type of telephone service
Concentrate on some major defect
Perhaps interruption is one of these.
Ways of coping with telephone interruption
Expand and Explore:
Contract and Conclude
PISCO A rather fuller framework is provided than TEC; you can even combine TEC and PISCO
Purpose (What's expected as the end-product?)
Input (Use CAF, C&S, OPV)
Solutions (Narrow down the options)
Choice (Take a look at the choices and alternatives)
Operation (What are the steps to be taken?)