THINKING INSTRUCTORS TRAINING: next intake on 22nd December


SOT members who have completed all 80 lessons in the following two SOT training programs are qualified to apply for the TISOT Certificate:
1.  BCT: Beyond Critical Thinking
2. L-MHG: Advanced Leadership Training.

The Thinking Instructors training can be undertaken by anyone and is under the personal direction of Michael Hewitt-Gleeson.

Pro bono
There are no fees for this training.

If you wish to apply write to Michael by clicking here.


Why “Thinking Instructors”?
Michael originated the idea of training thinking instructors when he co-founded School of Thinking with Edward de Bono in 1979 in New York.

Edward was very keen on the ‘train-the-trainer’ idea and wrote to Michael from Cambridge (where he was a Professor of Investigative Medicine) saying, “I think your idea is brilliant! Training instructors has much more motivation” and so, after much discussion and planning, they decided to combine Michael’s CAP Train-the-trainer 6 principles with Edward’s CoRT Thinking syllabus and they started the School of Thinking on November 17, 1979 in New York.

The first intake for Thinking Instructors (TISOT) graduated in March 1980 in New York. One of the original graduates was Eric Bienstock who became the first Chief Instructor SOT and is now Vice Principal of the school.

Who Can Be A Thinking Instructor? There are no special qualifications for being a Thinking Instructor other than a genuine interest in thinking and in teaching thinking. Many Thinking Instructors are school teachers, business people, sports professionals, parents and neighbours. There are four different types of Thinking Instructors:

Self: Practising the skills in one’s own life for personal advancement, cognitive skill and well-being.

Family: Teaching the skills to one’s family and friends and as a forum for family discussions to avoid conflict and deal with family crises.

Business: Sharing the skills with colleagues, workmates, associates and clients to solve business problems and explore potential commercial opportunities. Also to find ways to cut costs and increase revenues. To raise morale and communications through employee participation and involvement in decision-making.

School: Practising the skills in classrooms to accelerate learning and discussion skills and even, where possible, to teach THINKING as a separate curriculum subject.

– The above quote is from The Learn-To-Think Coursebook and Instructor’s Manual co-authored by Edward de Bono and Michael Hewitt-Gleeson (Capra Press USA, 1982).


In 1982, Michael and Edward co-authored this book which became a cover story on all global editions of Readers Digest (at that time, the world’s highest-circulation magazine with 68 million readers) and SOT launched the biggest program in the world for teaching teachers-of-thinking.

The idea behind the School of Thinking’s ‘Thinking Instructor’ concept is threefold:

1. Thinking is a skill. It can be taught and learned like other skills.
2. The skills are designed to be simple, robust and effective. They are easy to teach and easy to learn.
3. Anyone who is interested can teach these skills to anyone who is interested in learning them.

As mentioned above, there are no special qualifications needed to learn SOT thinking skills and there are no special qualifications needed to pass on the skills as a Thinking Instructor. Having said that, SOT is also willing to list on our site those members who have completed the qualifying series of SOT training courses listed below and to issue them with the Thinking Instructor SOT (TISOT) Certificate.


Certified Thinking Instructor – TISOT
SOT members who have completed all 80 lessons in the following two SOT training programs are qualified to apply for the TISOT Certificate:
1.  BCT: Beyond Critical Thinking
2. L-MHG: Advanced Leadership Training (which also includes the new module Think Darwin! How to raise your darwinian intelligence).


If you can find a way to multiply your thinking skills by ten and also multiply your selling skills by ten, then you will also find that you have–as a result–multiplied your leadership skills by ten. This can be done through training and coaching.

I look forward to personally working with you in this next class of Thinking Instructors and, on the successful completion of your TISOT training, to present you with your TISOT Certificate.

Best wishes,


2 thoughts on “THINKING INSTRUCTORS TRAINING: next intake on 22nd December

  1. Michael
    I am keen ,
    This is wonderful. Many people will be able to take advantage of the great ideas and skills- ultimately making the world a better place to live.

    I am keen to take up this course. Kindly let me know what are the next steps towards that.
    Gopi Ghosh PhD
    New delhi

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