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de Bono Six Thinking Hats
Transcript of de Bono Six Thinking Hats
His initial career path followed seven generations
of the de Bono family into medicine.
A Rhodes scholarship to Christ Church, Oxford resulted in a degree in psychology and physiology and a D Phil in medicine.
He also holds a PhD from Cambridge and an MD
from the University of Malta. 1933 - Present
The Life and The Times of
Edward De Bono Because of his research, de Bono
continues to invent methods to teach
creative thinking as a separate skill.
The most widely used method is the 'Six
Thinking Hats,' published in 1985.
Initially written during one afternoon as
a response to his frustration at others’
negative thinking, the tool is a powerful
method for encouraging people to
make decisions only after all
points of view have been
considered. De Bono’s brain research in the 1960s led to the
discovery that creative thinking was a skill that could
He invented the term lateral thinking, which means parallel thinking, and created a set of tools to train the brain to
become more creative.
Lateral thinking is solving problems through an indirect
and creative approach, using reasoning that is not immediately obvious and involving ideas that may not be obtainable by
using only traditional step-by-step logic.
Lateral thinking uses various acts of different thinking to
incite ideas that are free from previously locked
assumptions. Edward do Bono is considered by many
to be the leading authority in the world on
the direct teaching of thinking as a skill.
From this basis, he developed the concept
and tools of lateral thinking, a term he
Many of de Bono's speculative models from
that era about how the brain worked were
vindicated by later brain research. For over 25 years Dr. dr Bono has pioneered
thinking about thinking.
His thinking lessons are widely in use with millions
of pupils ranging from remote villages in South Africa
to such leading schools as Norfolk Academy in Virginia.
His methods are now mandatory in the school curriculum in many countries and widely used
These countries include Australia, New Zealand,
Canada, Argentina, U.K., Italy, United Arab Emirates, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, The Baltic States, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Singapore, Malaysia, India,
China, Russia, and the USA. His instruction is sought by the world’s
leading corporations and governments.
He founded the International Creative Forum, which has as members IBM, DuPont, Nestle,
and British Airways.
Siemens, the largest corporation in Europe, is teaching his methods to its workers across the whole corporation.
Microsoft invited Dr. de Bono to give the keynote address in Seattle to its 500 top managers at
their first ever marketing meeting. Biography Lateral Thinking
Research CRITICAL THINKING AUTHORITY SIX THINKING HATS De Bono in
Education De Bono in
Business De Bono's L Game References
Bailey, Jan. Engineering Management, Oct 2007,
Vol. 17 Issue 5, p46-47