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What is thinking? "Thinking is the ultimate human resource," Dr. Edward de Bono says in this one-of-a-kind audio workshop. Dr. de Bono, an acclaimed consultant and author, demonstrates that good thinking is not a matter of being smarter - but a matter of skill and practice. By going inside the human thinking process, the author shows you how to make your thinking methods work better, and more creatively. Whether you are already in a decision-making position, planning to start a business, or trying to get ahead in your field, the Masterthinker course gives you the techniques to approach any problem, goal, or opportunity with the power to create success.
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"De Bono's course should be an essential curriculum for the human race." (Alex Kroll, President, Young & Rubicam)

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don't waste your time

superficial, glib and without any real useful content. A bit like "How to play the flute: Well, you blow in one end, move your fingers up and down over the holes and behold! music. Oh, but you do have to practice". Avoid this time waster

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Excellent but requires more stories and anectodes. The interchange in narration is brilliant.

I would have appreciated more practice techniques

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  • Paul
  • 23-10-2003

Should have read the small print

De Bono is brilliant - but carefully read the description to check if this is what you are looking for. It is not read by the author and is certainly not one of his inspirational lectures - rather a workshop presented by third parties.

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  • Rick Hershberger
  • 16-10-2005

I guess I shouldn't have expected much in 1 hour.

As the book is only one hour long, I expect (hope) that there is more to DeBono's teachings on creativity than the scant intro provided in this audiobook. I certainly can't say that I have any deeper understanding of creativity and thinking after listening to this. It's too brief to be much more than an ad for his seminars. The book does introduce you to DeBono's Body Framework, in which different thought processes or steps are described in analogy to different body parts and systems (bones = structure of the situation; muscles = goals and effort; nerves = networks of connections; fat = irrelevant ideas; skin = presentation to others; health = utility of the solution). The analogies to body parts seems rather stretched, not always making the idea or concept any clearer. Overall, if you don't expect to get much out of this short book (other than to get a vague idea of De Bono's theses), you won't be disappointed. BTW, De Bono is NOT the narrator.

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  • Albert de Geest
  • 20-05-2007

Disappointing

Disappointing, nowhere near the the level of quality in presentation or content that I was expecting.

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  • ramprasad.b
  • 04-09-2017

Not to the expectations

This books is not explaining clearly how to develop the skill of master thinking. The example mentioned here is not enough

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  • Kai Bong
  • 05-01-2006

Great and (almost) effortless thinking process

I hope my old school taught me a lesson on how to think systematically... Now de Bono filled this gap! I use this approach whenever I need to write my university papers, as well as to compile a long term plan for my volunteer work. It takes no effort at all to remember this thinking process--all it takes is a look at my own body and I'll know which of the six steps I am working on.

I recommend his "Six Thinking Hat" approach as well. The two skills complement each other very well.

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  • Teresa Carmichael
  • 21-01-2020

More please - he’s great

Would like more detail and examples please
Please do ALL of of de Bono’s books!

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  • Charles S. Allison
  • 27-09-2016

Not what i was looking for.

There was just not enough substance here. There was nothin to really latch on to and move forward.

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