I have three Edward de Bono books – Masterthinkers Handbook, Tactics and Lateral Thinking. While the last of these is his most famous work, the first is the only one that I have read a substantial part of. I’ve read bits of the others, but completed none. None of these are self help books – more like guidelines for developing structured ways of thinking, analysis and ideation. Textbooks, maybe.
I read Masterthinkers Handbook almost eight years ago, and the structures and the ethics of objective analysis that de Bono has discussed, have contributed to my thinking process. I just came across a passage from that book, here. Some excerpts (which I don’t remember reading, but agree with):
– A masterthinker admits an error at once since his or her concern is for objective thinking. The fear of making a mistake keeps some intelligent people from putting forward speculative or creative ideas because these might turn out to be wrong. Such people do not like taking risks with their thinking. Taking risks is at times a necessary part of thinking.
– Perhaps the biggest danger is that many highly intelligent people (especially when young) tend to be very arrogant about their thinking. This is unfortunate since there are no grounds for arrogance about thinking at any time.
Now I shall go and read Tactics