Quotes by: Edward de Bono
Sometimes the situation is only a problem because it is looked at in a certain way. Looked at in another way, the right course of action may be so obvious that the problem no longer exists.
Most of the mistakes in thinking are inadequacies of perception rather than mistakes of logic.
An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.
An expert is someone who has succeeded in making decisions and judgements simpler through knowing what to pay attention to and what to ignore.
It's always amazed me how little attention philosophers, psychologists, or anyone else actually has paid to humor.
What the joke displays is a switch in perception. This is important in changing the way we think.
Most executives, many scientists, and almost all business school graduates believe that if you analyze data, this will give you new ideas. Unfortunately, this belief is totally wrong. The mind can only see what it is prepared to see.
I must say, I don't feel very qualified to be a pop star. I feel very awkward at times in the role.
Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting.
Teaching thinking for just five hours to unemployed youngsters increased employment 500 percent.
Studies have shown that 90% of error in thinking is due to error in perception. If you can change your perception, you can change your emotion and this can lead to new ideas.
The purpose of science is not to analyze or describe but to make useful models of the world. A model is useful if it allows us to get use out of it.
To be successful you have to be lucky, or a little mad, or very talented, or find yourself in a rapid growth field.
In the future, instead of striving to be right at a high cost, it will be more appropriate to be flexible and plural at a lower cost. If you cannot accurately predict the future then you must flexibly be prepared to deal with various possible futures.
One very important aspect of motivation is the willingness to stop and to look at things that no one else has bothered to look at. This simple process of focusing on things that are normally taken for granted is a powerful source of creativity.
We need creativity in order to break free from the temporary structures that have been set up by a particular sequence of experience.