Edward De Bono – good quotes

August 16, 2009 at 11:25 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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.

To be successful you have to be lucky, or a little mad, or very talented, or find yourself in a rapid growth field.

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.

The need to be right all the time is the biggest bar to new ideas.

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.

Removing the faults in a stage-coach may produce a perfect stage-coach, but it is unlikely to produce the first motor car.

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.

Most of the mistakes in thinking are inadequacies of perception rather than mistakes of logic.

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.

A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen.

An expert is someone who has succeeded in making decisions and judgments simpler through knowing what to pay attention to and what to ignore.

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.

If you wait for opportunities to occur, you will be one of the crowd.

Many highly intelligent people are poor thinkers. Many people of average intelligence are skilled thinkers. The power of a car is separate from the way the car is driven.

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