MARCELLA BIDINOST: The writings of Edward de Bono fascinated the young Michael Hewitt-Gleeson. Now, aged 60, he is principal of the School of Thinking, which he founded with de Bono …
I WAS halfway through a marketing degree at RMIT when, at the age of 20, I was called up for national service in Vietnam. I was sent on an amazing 22-week leadership training program in Scheyville (west of Sydney) in 1967. Tim Fischer, Jeff Kennett and head of natural health company Marcus Blackmore also did this training.
When I returned from Vietnam and while I was working part-time in the air force, an education officer gave me a book by Edward de Bono, author of Lateral Thinking . I started raving about it to everyone and when I learned de Bono was coming to Australia, I paid $500, a lot of money in 1973, to attend his seminar in Melbourne. By that point, I was hooked.
My idea was to combine the army training technology with De Bono’s CoRT syllabus for thinking.
I offered to work with de Bono free, so we met in New York and soon enough founded the School of Thinking together. I stayed in the States for 14 years.