Happy Thanksgiving From de Bono Consulting

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Every year, we close our offices so that our team may spend Thanksgiving with their family and friends and give thanks for all that we have received this the year. The de Bono Consulting Team would like to THANK YOU for the opportunity to serve you and your teams this year.

For planning purposes, de Bono Consulting offices will be closed November 24 and 25 ...

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12 Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking

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12 Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking

A fellow de Bono Trainer gave me 12 Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking which is completely accurate. As innovative thinkers, we can learn something from this great list on creativity.

1. You are creative. Believe it!
2. Creative thinking is work. You will have more bad ideas than good ones, but those bad ideas lead you to the great ideas.
3. You must ...

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Obstacles to Innovation

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This article about obstacles to innovation recently caught my attention. I know nothing about the author or publication, but this particular essay is largely consistent with my understanding the brain’s approach to innovation.

For instance, Coker writes that “the first step in innovation is being able to make connections between unrelated things.” Edward de Bono would wholeheartedly agree with this statement; in fact, one of his Lateral Thinking techniques, Random Word, is expressly designed to accomplish this. This technique forces a ...

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Practical Ways to Become More Creative

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In the latest issue of Pacific Standard, Paul Silvia reviews Roberta Ness’ new book, Innovation Generation: How to Produce Creative and Useful Scientific Ideas.

Full disclosure: I haven’t yet read the book, so my impressions are based entirely on Silvia’s review. It sounds like a useful (albeit imperfect) contribution the literature, and I look forward to getting hold of a copy.

Many innovation books fall into what I affectionately think of as the Platitude Pitfall: exhorting the reader to be ...

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Edward de Bono’s weekly message: Complacency

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We are very concerned with ‘problem solving.’ Major foundations such as the Bill Gates foundation or Warren Buffet pour money into such areas as HIV. All this is very worthy. But it neglects the point that the major problem is our complacency with matters which do not seem problems at all. These are matters which could be greatly improved by more direct attention. Two obvious examples are education and thinking. Both are centuries out of date. We are so satisfied ...

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BCG 2010 Innovation Survey

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The Boston Consulting Group just released their annual innovation rankings. Before we get to the winners, it’s worth highlighting some of their findings.

Very encouragingly for those of us in the innovation industry, they write, “Our survey revealed that, after a moderate retrenchment in 2009, companies have recommitteed to pursuing innovation in 2010. They have pushed it back to the top of their priority lists and plan to boost their innovation spending – despite the stagnant economy.”

BCG also finds a ...

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Edward de Bono’s weekly message: Language and Usage

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Language and usage may be to blame. We have come to believe that design is mainly a matter of aesthetics – of making something look beautiful. But a medical treatment, a car park, an evening meal, a political campaign can all benefit from a design effort. Like creativity, design is a skill that can be taught and learned. It can be practised at school. Many years ago, I used to run a design exercise in an education magazine. The results ...

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