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Mr. J. A. Ball

Mr. J. A. Ball Spain Member Since 2013

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  • "Thinking mastery"

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    Without a doubt, Edward De Bono is the father of modern thinking. Most of us have heard of lateral thinking but don't necessarily realise that De Bono created it. The book almost seems too easy to understand, and yet, when you get the the part on the 6 hats, it suddenly becomes an awakening to new ways of thinking and the progression and evolution of thought.
    I would love to see many more beautiful minds around and I believe this information should be getting taught in schools, although it is at a comprehension level most can understand. Teach yourself, your family and your peers how to have a beautiful mind, thanks to Edward De Bono.

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    How to Have a Beautiful Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Edward De Bono
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
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    Use the power of creative thinking to become more attractive with a makeover of your mind! It doesn't need a high IQ, or reams of knowledge, or a great personality. All it needs is creativity, imagination and empathy - all techniques that anyone can learn. Here Edward de Bono, world-famous for changing the way people think, shows you in a clear, practical language how to impress people with simple conversational tactics. Want to be irresistable? Then follow de Bono's advice.

    Tim says: "Too long"
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