Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Positive Thinking Quotes by Edward De Bono

There are three basic aspects of thinking: 1. what is; 2. what may be; and 3. what can be.' We are almost totally obsessed with 'what is'. We underestimate the extremely valuable contribution that 'what may be' has made to progress. We do very little about 'what can be' even though our future depends entirely on this aspect.

A Vision sets direction for Thinking and Action.

If you do not design the future someone or something else will design it for you.

Perception is real even when it is not reality.

You need to have a highly efficient and effective ‘creative thinking mode’ into which you can switch deliberately and formally. It is also useful to be able to incorporate some of the attitudes of lateral thinking into daily judgmental thinking.

Thinking is the most neglected human skill. It should be on the curriculum of every school but it's not. It's the most fundamental skill that's going to make a difference to personal lives, corporate lives, industrial lives.

We may need to solve problems not by removing the cause but by designing the way forward even if the cause remains in place.

Effectiveness without values is a tool without a purpose.

Nothing' is the space for everything.

Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.

Analysis involves looking at all the components of a problem and seeing how they fit into a box. Once you have put it into the right box, then you know what to do with it.

There is a serious need for creative thinking both to perceive the opportunity and to fashion it into profitable shape. Even beyond 'spotting' the opportunity there is a need for new thinking in realising the potential of that opportunity turning into a profitable enterprise.

Traditional thinking is all about "what is;" Future thinking will also need to be about what can be.