Who can join the School of Thinking?

School of Thinking is not for everyone. SOT is science-based. It is a curated experience for real thinkers or for those individuals who are interested in becoming highly skilled thinkers, regardless of ability or preference.

Some of the different types of thinkers who are welcome in the School of Thinking are listed to show the plurality of SOT membership:

– The logician

– The analyst

– The information compiler

– The idea generator

– The lateral thinker

– The detective

– The researcher

– The synthesiser

– The evaluator

– The critic

– The describer

– The clarifier

– The explainer

– The communicator

– The sales person

– The diplomat

– The header

– The doer

– The observer

– The problem solver

– The problem finder

– The designer

– The explorer

– The organiser

– The system designer

– The group organiser

There is an obvious difference between the researcher who likes to ferret out information in a defined area and the diplomat who is sensitive to changes in people and situations.

There is an obvious difference between the critic who looks at what is and the lateral thinker who looks at what might be.

There is an obvious difference between the problem solver and the problem finder.

It is not just a matter of being better at one type than another–it is a matter of enjoyment.

Which types of thinking do you enjoy most?


LTTCBThe complete extract above is reprinted from the Learn-To-Think Coursebook and Instructor’s Manual (pp 197-198) co-authored by Edward de Bono and Michael Hewitt-Gleeson de Saint-Arnaud (Capra/New, Santa Barbara USA, 1982, ISBN 0-88496-199-0).

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 thought-leadership program in the world for the teaching of teachers-of-thinking.


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