How to Converge Scary Ideas?

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GE’s Commercial, Ideas Are Scary is a perfect depiction of the value of ideas that are dirty and crazy. There are several idea generation tools on the market today that help spur teams to be more creative or innovative. However, most of those tools do not provide a process for dealing with the craziest ideas from their idea generation session. Lateral Thinking provides teams with a process on how to take those dirty, crazy ideas and make them practical and useful ideas. ...

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Professor Edward de Bono Receives The Lifetime Achievement Award!

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The Malta Stock Exchange presented Professor Edward de Bono with the The Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition for his work in Lateral Thinking.

de Bono Consulting congratulates Professor Edward de Bono for being awarded The Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Infusing Innovative Thinking Into Six Sigma!

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Did any of you read the article by Don Peppers on Six Sigma? Peppers did a great job bringing to light the lack of innovation tools in the Six Sigma process. The Six Sigma process was designed to plan, predict, document, adjust, and improve the current work process. For this purpose, Six Sigma is a great tool ...

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America’s Secret Weapon

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Bill Gates recently published America’s Secret Weapon an amazing article about innovation and how America needs to invest more into research and development. In a comment to Gate’s article, someone wrote that we need an individual with the vision, alignment, and execution of innovation. I think that we need to train the leaders of this country some ...

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What Makes the Lateral Thinking Different Than Other Idea Generators?

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The difference maker that Lateral Thinking brings to a company is revolutionary. Lateral Thinking changes a companies ideas generators from a slow and difficult process to a fast, productive, and fun process. The competitive advantage the Lateral Thinking gives a company is multiple ideas in a matter of few minutes towards any situation, problem, or process. Below is a fun example of Lateral Thinking Results done in our office.

Problem in the space exploration world: How ...

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Where Good Ideas Come From?

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What’s the best way to collect these Good Ideas based on our hunches? In addition, how many Good Ideas are lost in the coffee shop?

We use Six Thinking Hats and Lateral Thinking as a tool to collect our Good Ideas or Solutions to our problems. After all, Good Ideas are solutions to our problems. So the next time you have a hunch try our tools to turn that hunch into a Good Idea!

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Lateral Thinking In Use!

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Recently, Michael Geller wrote an article entitled, Creative Thinking Required For Affordable Housing. In the article, Geller talks about the lack of affordable housing in Vancouver due to running out of land and the struggle the city is having with developing more affordable housing. The author Geller is calling out for the city to use Edward de Bono’s creative thinking tools.

Geller’s favorite de Bono technique is captured in this quote,

“When a fish processing company invited him [Edward de ...

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Upcoming Six Hats Workshops

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Public service announcement: we have a few seats left at our upcoming Six Thinking Hats and Lateral Thinking workshops in Chicago, July 15-16:

  • Six Thinking Hats (July 15): $999
  • Lateral Thinking (July 16): $999
  • Six Hats + Lateral: $1599

Other upcoming programs include:

  • Philadelphia, August 12-13
  • Washington DC, October 7-8
  • San Diego, November 4-5

These public programs are also a good opportunity to attend trainer certification in Six Thinking Hats or Lateral Thinking. See our trainer certification page for additional details, or give us a call at 1.800.278.1292.

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The Blind ‘I’ of DMAIC

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Shameless plug: there’s still time to register for our free, one-hour webinar, The Blind ‘I’ of DMAIC. This webinar explores the connection between innovation and process improvement. Our Master Trainer has decades of experience applying Edward de Bono’s thinking tools, Six Thinking Hats and Lateral Thinking, to Lean Sigma programs at blue chip companies.

In his experience, most process improvement initiatives are extremely good at DMAC – in other words, at defining the situation, measuring variables, analyzing the data, and controlling ...

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Innovation Week April 4-8, 2011

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Make 2011 the year you invest in innovation training to help boost your organization’s productivity and profits. Join us at the de Bono Consulting corporate headquarters in Des Moines for the following training seminars.

April 4: Lateral Thinking
Deliberate, systematic process that sparks creative thinking
7 Lateral Thinking tools lead to innovation in process, product, and problem solving.

April 5: Six Thinking Hats
Organize and maximize individual and team thinking
Learn how to enhance meeting effectiveness by methodically channeling group attention in ...

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