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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (July 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140238301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140238303
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Some parents may be confused by this busy primer, while others will agree with the author's premise that creative thinking skills can be directly taught. De Bono, a business and educational consultant, asserts that this manual is equally applicable to teaching children or senior executives. Crammed with exercises, games and diagrams, the book stresses that thinking involves "operacy"--the skills of doing or making things happen--as well as devising mental patterns more effective than the mind's routine habits. De Bono ( I Am Right You Are Wrong ) takes a no-nonsense approach, pointing out that much thinking is inefficient and that many highly intelligent people are not good thinkers. He urges the use of speculation, hypotheses, provocation and other techniques as a way to get out of mental ruts and generate ideas.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Dr. Edward de Bono is regarded as the leading international authority in the field of conceptual thinking and also the direct teaching of thinking as a skill. He originated the concept of "lateral thinking," which is now officially recognized in the Oxford English Dictionary-and which contributed to the success of the 1984 Olympic Games. He was a Rhodes Scholar at oxford and has held faculty appointments at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, London, and Harvard.

He has written twenty-seven books, which have been translated into twenty languages. These include: Opportunities; Lateral Thinking for Management; Future Positive; Atlas of Management Thinking; Wordpower; Children Solve Problems; Tactics: The Art and Science of Success; Conflicts: A Better Way to Resolve Them. He has also made a ten-part BBC series called "De Bono's Thinking Course" and two other television series.

Dr. de Bono's instruction in thinking has been sought by many of the largest corporations in USA, Canada, Europe, and the rest of the world. These include: IM, Exxon, Shell, BP, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Prudential, General Foods, Bell Telephone, Northern Telecom, Monsanto, DuPont, and ICI. He has given seminars all over the world, from Helsinki to Buenos Aires, from Toronto to Tokyo.

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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Gene Zafrin on September 8, 2003
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This is a how-to manual on thinking. The main emphasis is on habits of a good thinker, such as focus and purpose, and specific thinking tools, such as the "Plus, Minus and Interesting" technique. The book enumerates many specific methods of effective thinking and suggests exercises to practice each of them.
First some Critical Thinking (a valid, but inferior activity, according to the author). In spite of the cerebral subject, some statements sound decidedly lowbrow. Intellectualism is put down as an overly complex and non-creative activity. For a purportedly successful methodology that has been around for 20 years (at the time of the book's publishing), the absence of scientific proof that the theory works is surprising: only one study with a concrete result is mentioned. One stumbles over some inconsistencies: on p. 11 critical thinking is said not to have high value in today's society, but on the next page it is claimed to be important. Terms such as "mathematical necessity of creativity" betray the author's careless use of language ("mathematical" is out of place here).
The title is vague. 30 pages into the book one learns that the methods presented are generally applicable to children older than 9. This information should have been present in the cover notes or in the editorial reviews. The boy on the book's cover looks like a 5-year-old. The section on which methods to teach at which age should be in the back, since the special terms and abbreviations, mentioned before they are explained, do not make sense. The cover note claim that the book helps kids "to make today's life-and-death choices" seems rather heavy-handed.
The author does not suffer from modesty: "unlike many people in this field, Dr. de Bono is an original thinker".
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Sakari M. Mattila on January 18, 2008
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Most young kids are creative but disorganized thinkers. This book is parents' book to guide the child to think creatively and at the same time be well organized, also as a member of a group of people. The book is good summary of several de Bono's thinking methods and guide how to transfer these skills to other people. De Bono is outside of the envelope, his methods are widely used and work well, but do not form any established academic model. Some people consider de Bono non-scientific, because he mostly refers his own work and not that much other learned papers. In spite of not being a psychologist, I see many connections between his work and cognitive psychology and social dynamics. My opinion is, that this book suits as a summary of de Bono's methods, practical guide for parents informally teaching a small group of children, and maybe as a teachers' book for collaborative work from five year olds up to university level, with additional material to suit the students. Please remember, there is no fast track to creative thinking, it takes time.
(The reviewer holds B.Sc in science and M.Sc in software engineering)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D.S. on October 9, 2013
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I just purchased this book a couple of days ago and have been reading it with my thirteen year old. People do seem to just assume that children know how to think. I clearly understood that this wasn't the case when my 13 year asked me to explain to her exactly what was thinking. We've gotten through the Carpenter and Thinking, Attitudes, and The Six Thinking Hats chapters. While reading, my daughter was literally on the edge of her seat. This is the second time I've purchased this book, in two days time, because my daughter asked that I buy a copy for her. This is a keeper, a book that we will definitely read many times over.
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25 of 34 people found the following review helpful By "tanghung" on February 7, 2001
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If you are new to Edward, this book is good for you. You can read just one book and get many other books written by Edward. Since this book summarize many other books.
But if you want to teach your child after reading this book, you may find that it is not so easy to apply the theory to your child.
However, I learn quite a lot of thinking method from this book.
Thanks!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By InfoFish on November 21, 2007
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This book should leave the hospital along with your newborn. It is for parents, for children and for anyone who wants to blaze a few more synapses pathways. I strongly recommend this book. A large part of what is going so wrong with our beloved country, lately, is that we have neglected the science of teaching thinking skills. We can get back on track, one child at a time. Get this book today. It will open your mind, create a better future and immerse you in possibilities.
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By Marwan Esta on June 27, 2014
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It is an excellent book which is introducing my kids to me for the first time ...
Since my kids were born I was playing with them and trying to teach them some skills in thinking and analyzing etc. but nothing compares to the exercises and thinking mentioned in the book ... For the first time in my life I can say I am beginning to know my children. The exercises are initiating extremely interesting discussions that are shocking me by the level of ideas and maturity a child can have ... In addition to that, these discussions are creating a stronger bond between my children and me due to the deep subjects discussed which are leading us to be open to each other ...
Thank you de Bono ...
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