Who Should Read This Book
If you are in the team-building business and you are looking for a topic for your next workshop, this might be the book for you.
He has published many original ideas in short, concise books such as this one, where he proposes a set of methods, or frameworks, for dealing with certain problems that are common in business management.
In this book, he tries to equip the reader with six frames of mind that would allow us, human beings, to better process information in a day and age where information is abundant, but our limited capacity for processing it has not changed.
As with every one of his works, his main aim is to provide the reader with practical ideas that are easy to assimilate.
This is where, in my opinion, the usefulness of his books comes to light.
These works are designed to help you solve a specific problem, more like a crash course or quick guide rather than a thorough and complete description of the topic.
The book discusses Six Frames for Thinking About Information:
- The Triangle Frame: Purpose
- The Circle Frame: Accuracy
- The Square Frame: Point of View
- The Diamond Frame: Value
- The Heart Frame: Interest
- The Slab Frame: Outcome
You can fall in love with the author’s methods for problem resolution when you look at how such a complex topic as optimizing our information processing capabilities can be broken down into smaller, manageable pieces with measurable outcomes.
In my opinion, this is one of the deepest insights I gleaned from this book: no matter how complex a problem can be, you can always engineer a framework that can deal with it.
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Edward Charles Francis Publius de Bono (19 May 1933 – 9 June 2021) was a Maltese physician, psychologist, author, inventor, philosopher, and consultant. He originated the term lateral thinking, wrote the book Six Thinking Hats, and was a proponent of the teaching of thinking as a subject in schools.
Some of his publications:
- The Use of Lateral Thinking (1967) ISBN 0-14-013788-2, introduced the term “lateral thinking“
- The Five-Day Course in Thinking (1968), introduced the L game
- Lateral Thinking: Creativity Step by Step, (1970), Harper & Row 1973 paperback: ISBN 0-06-090325-2
- Lateral Thinking for Management (1971)
- Po: A Device for Successful Thinking (1972), ISBN 0-671-21338-5, introduced the term Po
- The Greatest Thinkers: The Thirty Minds That Shaped Our Civilization (1976), ISBN 0-399-11762-8
- Atlas of Management Thinking (1981)
- Tactics: The Art and Science of Success (1985)
- Conflicts: A Better Way to Resolve them (1985)
- Six Thinking Hats (1985) ISBN 0-316-17831-4
- I Am Right, You Are Wrong: From This to the New Renaissance: From Rock Logic to Water Logic (1968) ISBN 0-670-84231-1
- Serious Creativity: Using the Power of Lateral Thinking to Create New Ideas (1992) ISBN 0-00-255143-8 – a summation of many of De Bono’s ideas on creativity
- Water Logic: The Alternative to I am right You are Wrong (1993) ISBN 978-1563120374
- Parallel thinking: from Socratic thinking to de Bono thinking (1994) ISBN 0-670-85126-4
- How to Be More Interesting (1998)
- Simplicity (1999)
- New Thinking for the New Millennium (1999)
- The De Bono Code Book (2000) ISBN 0-140-28777-9
- How to Have A Beautiful Mind (2004)
- Six Value Medals (2005)
- H+ (Plus): A New Religion (2006)
- How to Have Creative Ideas (2007)
- Free or Unfree? : Are Americans Really Free? (2007) ISBN 1-59777-544-4
- Six Frames For Thinking About Information (2008)
- The Love of Two Cockroaches (2009) ISBN 978-9993261599
- Think! Before It’s Too Late (2009) ISBN 978-0-09-192409-6
- Lateral Thinking – An Introduction (2014) ISBN 978-0091955021
- Bonting – Thinking to Create Value (2016) ISBN 978-9995750190
- Intelligence, Information, Thinking