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 leader- I enjoy leading. problem solver – just part of the job. – observer – keep an eye on all that goes on in the store.

  2. The diplomat – being diplomatic is something I usually do, I try to be the middle man in a conflict whether I like it or not, and see each side of the argument, I’m quite a sensitive person.

    The observer – I quite like to sit back and gather information and my thoughts before proceeding – although this is also a way to ensure I don’t say anything stupid.

    The communicator – I believe in talking things out, getting things out in the open, and allowing people to have all the information at their disposal.

  3. Currently I enjoy observing, researching and problem solving. Earlier while in service I was a go-getter who perforce had to engage in a lot more of the other types of thinking listed in the lesson.

  4. The analyst
    The lateral thinker
    The logician

    So many from this list I could choose, though. There are times and situations that merit from all those angles of thought.

  5. The Organiser- I like to be organized and on top of things daily,The Problem Solver – it is good to help solve issues in the business,The Oberserver – gather all the information before making a decision

  6. Idea Generator- My favourite thing to do on my morning walks. I just need to execute.
    Lateral Thinker- X 10 it……there has to be more than one scenario
    Problem Solver- Possibly some times too quick to jump in a solve problems. Empower others to solve their own problems.

  7. The Detective
    The Researcher
    The Problem Solver
    I enjoy being tested and find it satisfying when I’ve figured out problems, generally the harder the problem the more I take away from it.

  8. The communicator
    The sales person
    The leader
    I like to take control of situations and not avoid them. Communicating and bringing others in always seems to help.

  9. The leader
    The doer
    The Communicator
    As a Manager, I enjoy being able to lead teams and individuals and the way I find this is achievable is by leading by example (doer – getting in and getting things done) and communicating our successes and oppotunities

  10. The Logician
    The Analyst
    The Diplomat

    I find that these types of thinking help me the most with the day to day running of my current area.
    I tend to approach all situations in a logical manner and try to solve in the most logical and efficient way

    I like to analyse all angles and all information gathered before making a final decision. which usually ends up being a diplomatic solution where every party involved will benefit or take equal responsibility in the solution

  11. The idea generator

    – The lateral thinker

    – The detective

    The evaluator

    – The critic
    The clarifier

    – The explainer

    – The communicator

    – The sales person
    The leader

    – The problem solver
    – The explorer
    The group organiser

  12. the detective
    the synthesizer
    the idea generator

    The first two are work orientated
    The third is my attempt to look outside my work

  13. 1- Lateral thinker ( a master of lateral thinking)
    2- System designer ( with good practical knowledge of systems theory)
    3- leader ( highly skilled leader)

    Finding a combination of their knowledge and skills, I think, it is a practical way to build the effective leadership.

  14. 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 ……..

  15. – 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.

  16. 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

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