Think!: Before Its Too Late
At one point I thought De Bono was going t It's a grudging three stars. I don't think I would like to be at a dinner party with this man. That said, I understand his arguments whoops! I particularly like the idea of creative thinking in conflict resolution since the alternative - argument especially when delivered by lawyers - seems to get us to destinations where we didn't want to go. This book is a useful summary of all the creative thinking methods De Bono has created and there is plenty of opportunity to continue your study with references to his earlier books, web sites and organisations who offer training in his methods.
De Bono examines why we think the way we do from a historical perspective and uses some of his famous thinking techniques combined with new ideas to show us how to change the way we think. If we strengthen our ability and raise our thinking level, other areas of our life? I got this audiobook through my library overdrive because I was curious and wanted to expand my reading habits and try nonfiction. But this book bored me to tears.
The author, Edward de Bono is also the narrator and he just drones on and on about how lateral thinking is not the sae as creative thinking and the importance of lateral thinking in solving real world problems and conflicts.
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De Bono talks about how he has successfully taught this to a variety of people from all types of professions and applied it to real world issues: The conflict is now over. De Bono continues to recite the various astounding successes of his lateral thinking and the many fields it was used in and how it revolutionised thinking in china, oil drilling, business conferences and disaster relief organisations etc, etc!
It was all too much and came across a bit boastful and arrogant and little off-putting. The author just goes on and on about himself like an old man looking back on all his adventures and accomplishments and doing the whole thing all-over again without realising he is just repeating everything again in a slightly different scenario. One thing this book did not have was a clear exercise or instruction in lateral thinking. He even has a previously published book on Lateral Thinking.
Think!: Before It's Too Late by Edward de Bono
Ironically, for a book titled Think before i's too late, there's a lot of talking and reminiscent thoughts on past glories and no new ideas or practical applications on creative thinking and problem solving skills as promised. I was pushing myself to finish this audiobook but there was no end to the author's self aggrandisement and very little thinking exercises that get to the point. I just couldn't force myself to continue listening to a book inflated with old ideas and recycled thoughts. Dec 21, Sally rated it liked it.
This is a hugely frustrating book. It's the first of De Bono's books I've read; I picked it up in the library, attracted by the somewhat provocative title. I have come across some of his methods and tools Six Hats, etc but haven't explored them in any depth. This book is largely a summary of his main tools and processes, and a manifesto for embracing change in the way we think. So it's certainly given me some idea of the books of his I want to look at. There are some really good and valid point This is a hugely frustrating book.
There are some really good and valid points in this book and I can totally see how and why his methods could work. Was this book designed to be dipped into rather than read straight? I can't think why so many anecdotes and examples had to be repeated. It wasn't effective in making the points.
And oh my, it's self-aggrandising. This book contains literally pages of lists of people who've said nice things about him and awards he's won. He actually seems to say - unless I'm guilty of an uncharitable reading, and I don't think I am - that for 2, years, human thought did not advance, until De Bono came along to bring us enlightenment.
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Dude, really, that's something you should let other people say. To say it about yourself comes across as hubris. So in summary, I'm interested in some of the ideas, I'll look into them, but if his other books are as self-congratulatory and repetitive as this one, I'll prepare myself for a lot of skipping. Aug 09, Vorbis rated it did not like it. Oh my freaking god. If you pick this up, do not get it as an audiobook, because you will be unable to skip.
Does this guy even have an editor? If he does, did that person somehow fail to realize the utter humiliation this book is? Seriously, cut out the entire first cd there are five cds and I didn't make it past 3. It is nothing but the author sitting out on his front lawn having a wank in public. There is nothing in it that offers any tips on thinking, or any content actually. It is De Bono ma Oh my freaking god. It is De Bono masturbating contragulatorily to himself on his past 'successes' and how he's the only person to do any thinking for years.
How do I remember this number? Because he repeated it at least a dozen times. And you know what he's repeating? How people used his work. I've never heard of you, you pretentious asshole.
Introduce the concept and then wank off about how the King of Samoa heard your system and thought about using it and didn't actually use it. If you want to find out any of his ideas, skip this book and try something earlier where I can only assume he actually had ideas. View all 4 comments. Jan 11, Zaki Imtiaz rated it really liked it.
My thinking has improved! Presiding a city chapter of a youth NGO working in Pakistan to inspire positive change in the society, this book has taught me tools to resolve conflicts in an effective and formal manner using six hats, to facilitate decisions using CORT and PMI tools and most importantly has enabled me to realize that idea creativity can be formalized through a process, and it is not always God gifted.
I appreciate that the author has appreciated Quran and Prophet Muhammad may Allah' My thinking has improved! I appreciate that the author has appreciated Quran and Prophet Muhammad may Allah's Peace and Blessings be upon on him , the last prophet of Islam, as the greatest religious book and leader, respectively, who has taught to their followers about thinking. Mar 04, Robert Day rated it liked it Shelves: Here's an idea - old people should get together with young people so that they can both learn from one another.
This should be in the form of a legally binding contract - like an apprenticeship of life rather than work. There are benefits for both parties - the young would get the benefit of the wisdom of someone who is familiar with a route through life and has a good idea of the lay of the land, and the old would benefit from the vigour and energy of new ideas and technologically different ap Here's an idea - old people should get together with young people so that they can both learn from one another.
There are benefits for both parties - the young would get the benefit of the wisdom of someone who is familiar with a route through life and has a good idea of the lay of the land, and the old would benefit from the vigour and energy of new ideas and technologically different approaches to old scenarios.
There should be no compulsion for either party to follow up on any advice or knowledge imparted, but there should be an ongoing respect for the other person's point of view - indeed, this should be the core of the relationship. One person that I feel would really benefit from such an arrangement is Edward de Bono. This book sees him looking back over his life and reviewing the ideas that he has had, the people to whom he has spoken and the ways in which he has changed thinking for the better.
I might be wrong, but there's a palpable sense of sadness and frustration underlying these words. Here is a man who seems to feel that he hasn't been listened to as much as he should have been. In my opinion - he needs a re-boot. He needs to do a Tom Jones Reload or a Carlos Santana Supernatural and get himself together with a whole bunch of energetic, strong-minded and even opinionated young people and he needs to use his ears as much as, if not more than his mouth.
Let's face it - this book is just a reiteration of the ideas from his earlier books. The global is stuffed with difficulties and conflicts. So why will we no longer remedy them? And this is often getting worse: Our minds functionality like attempting to force a vehicle utilizing just one wheel.
De Bono examines why we expect the best way we do from a old standpoint and makes use of a few of his well-known pondering recommendations mixed with new principles to teach us how you can switch the best way we predict. If we increase our skill and lift our considering point, different components of our life—both own and company success—will increase. If we strengthen our ability and raise our thinking level, other areas of our life - both personal and business success - will improve. Unfortunately, this book seems to be contain a lot of confusing ideas amongst a couple of slightly interesting ones.
The author also seems to attribute some amazing new ideas to his own ways of thinking, even going so far as indirectly claim credit himself.
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