As a specialist in creativity, Edward de Bono - whose instruction has been sought by corporations such as IBM, DuPont, and Ford, and by the governments of the US, Brazil, and Singapore - here identifies a simple "six shoes" approach to taking control of situations. The author lays out the events and actions associated with each of the six types of "shoes", and explains that while someone may naturally be better at responding in one particular mode - say taking emergency action ("orange gumboots") rather than accumulating information ("grey sneakers") - the truly successful person will master all six action modes and learn to tailor his or her actions to the situations at hand. The author has previously written "Lateral Thinking" and "Six Thinking Hats".
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'WALK THE TALK' WITH SIX ACTION SHOES
Most situations in business and in life are ambiguous and confusing – and confusing is the enemy of action. The brilliant yet amazing simple 'six shoes' framework breaks action down into six distinct modes and helps you to identify different situations, take control of them and respond in the most effective way possible. Whether you need to follow routines, react quickly, respond sensitively, bash through obstacles, get information or take charge, there is a shoe and an action to guide you:
· Navy Formal Shoes – When action should follow set routines
· Orange Gumboots – For crisis and emergencies
· Pink Slippers – When action should be directed to human values such as caring and helping
· Brown Brogues – When action should be entrepreneurial and flexible
· Grey Sneakers – For investigation and the collection of information
· Purple Riding Boots – For acting out an authority role
Written by the world-renowned expert on creative thinking and author of the best-selling 'Six Thinking Hats' and 'Tactics, Six Action Shoes' provides a brilliant method of taking control of any business or life situation. No one can be 'perfect' in all situations, but everyone can gain from an understanding of the six action modes and how to use them.About the Author:
Edward de Bono is the leading international authority in conceptual and creative thinking and in the teaching of thinking as a skill. He designed and runs the CoRT Thinking Programme, which is internationally the most widely used method for the teaching of thinking in schools. He has held appointments at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, London and Harvard, and Venice, and his instruction has been sought by governments and corporations all around the world. He has written 46 books, is published in 28 languages, and has made two TV series. He owns and lives on an island in Venice where he runs international seminars. Click here to go to Edward de Bono's Management website.
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