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  • Writer's pictureLars Christensen

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.

    • Aims

    • Goals

    • Objective

  • TEC is a very simple structure for focusing thinking and making it a deliberate task.

    • Target and Task

    • Expand and Explore

    • Contract and Conclude

      • Telephone

        • 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?)

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