ATLC #08 – What do you enjoy most?

Anyone who is interested in thinking, regardless of ability or preference, is welcome in the SOT. Some of the different types of thinkers are listed to indicate 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 leader

– 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?


DFQ #08:

Choose three from this list and post your thoughts.



LTTCB– The complete extract above is reprinted here from the Learn-To-Think Coursebook and Instructor’s Manual (pp 197-198) co-authored in 1982 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.

324 thoughts on “ATLC #08 – What do you enjoy most?

  1. The problem solver – I’m male – it’s genetic….
    The detective – I love looking for clues
    The lateral thinker – this is my goal, to expand my mind to possibility

  2. – The idea generator
    – The leader
    – The doer

    Thinking is all about the ideas that a leader can turn into actions with his or her team.

  3. The leader ; The Problem Solved and The Lateral thinker.
    I like to be the leader in situations ; taking charge . Solving problems helps me stay stimulated and switched on and I like to use lateral thinking to solve problem…constant cvs to bvs …….and thats why I like this course its helping me be better all the things I enjoy leading ; solving problems and using lateral thinking to lead and solve problems ……..

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