Here’s a simple audit for you to rate your own brainpower. It was designed by Dr Eric Bienstock who is Vice-Principal of SOT in New York. Eric based this checklist on the SOT’s Learn-To-Think Coursebook and Instructors Manual (Michael Hewitt-Gleeson & Edward de Bono, Capra/New 1982).

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INSTRUCTIONS: Answer each of the following questions, scoring
either 3, 2, 1, or 0 points for each answer depending on your
objective estimate of how often you actually do what is stated.
Use your best guess of the following criteria for scoring:

3 – 90% OF THE TIME (nearly always)
2 – 70% OF THE TIME (mostly)
1 – 40% OF THE TIME (often)
0 – 10% OF THE TIME (hardly ever)


______ My judgements of ideas are based on the value of the idea rather
than on my emotions at the time.

_______ I judge ideas not just as “good” or “bad” but also as “interesting”
if they can lead on to better ideas.

_______ I consider all factors in a situation before choosing, deciding or planning.

_______ I consider all factors first, before picking out the ones that matter most.

_______ When I create a rule I see to it that it is clearly understood
and possible to obey.

_______ I try to see the purpose of rules I have to obey, even if I don’t like the rules.

_______ I look at consequences of my decisions or actions not only as they affect me
but also as they affect other people.

_______ I look at a wide range of possible consequences before deciding
which consequences to bother about.

_______ On the way to a final objective I establish a chain of smaller objectives
each one following on from the previous one.

_______ The objectives I set are near enough, real enough and possible
enough for me to really try to reach them.

_______ In planning, I know exactly what I want to achieve.

_______ I keep my plans as simple and direct as possible.

_______ I know exactly why I have chosen something as a priority.

_______ I try to get as many different ideas as possible first,
before starting to pick out the priorities.

_______ I will go on looking for alternatives until I find one I really like.

_______ While most people look for alternatives when they are not satisfied;
I look for them deliberately even when I am satisfied.

_______ I am able to tell myself the real reason behind a decision I make.

_______ Before making a decision, I consider the factors, look at the consequences,
get clear about the objectives, assess the priorities, and search for possible alternatives.

_______ I am able to see the other person’s point-of-view whether I agree with it or not.

_______ I am able to spell out the differences and similarities between different viewpoints.

_______ TOTAL SCORE.


Don’t panic, this is NOT a scientific test. It’s just an audit or checklist to help you take stock of your thinking, that’s all! A trained thinker can direct his
or her thinking and use it in a deliberate manner to produce an effect.
To a trained and skilled thinker, thinking is a tool that can be used at will
and the use of this tool is practical. This ability to use ‘thinking as a skill’
is the sort of thinking ability that is required to get things DONE.

* If your total score in this test was between 51 and 60 points,
you may already possess superior brainpower.
* If you scored between 31 and 50 points, you may have better than average brainpower.
* If you scored between 0 and 30, you may possess no additional brainpower
other than the natural thinking ability that most people have.

___________ Record your score and any comments you have:

To illustrate that there is AWAYS an alternative way of doing things, in my masterclasses I sometimes ask members to give me their ‘recipe for boiling water’. It sometimes may seem there could be only one way but–we always do get a range of recipes and ALWAYS some are better than others.

DFQ: What is YOUR recipe for boiled water?

WHEN: The next masterclass is on Tuesday 21 November. Commencing at 6pm sharp to 8pm close. Reservations by email only.

WHERE: Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Suite 1, Level 5
2 Clarendon Street, Southbank, Melbourne.


WHAT: “How To Raise The Innovation Intelligence of Your Enterprise”:
A 120-Minute Innovation MasterClass with Michael Hewitt-Gleeson.

WHO: Open to all. Including; teachers of thinking; businesspeople and entrepreneurs; others who are interested in raising their innovation intelligence.

FEES: There are no fees. Seating must be limited to ‘first come first served’. These pro bono events are sponsored by School of Thinking and Melbourne Exhibition Centre to promote Thinking in Melbourne.

HOW: Email to reserve a place for you and your associates in these unique events. Say which dates you wish to attend. Give the the full names and organisation of participants. You will receive confirmation by return email. All privacy is respected.