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What others have said about
Edward de Bono's Thinking Tools:

"I believe Dr. de Bono's work in teaching people to think may be the most important thing happening in the world today." - George Gallup

A series of comments from Nobel Laureates…………..

"...our culture is suspicious of any kind of thinking that works in ways other than through logic; and, to a very large extent, logical thinking is the only kind of thinking that is encouraged in our educational system. Dr. de Bono does well to expose so clearly the faults in a system that places exclusive reliance on one aspect of the mind alone. One hopes that this book (I Am Right-You Are Wrong) will be studied and appreciated by those to whom it will be of the most value.
Dr. Brian David Josephson, Nobel Prize in Physics, Cambridge

"...I have become a convert. In 'Lateral Thinking' our normally haphazard way of thinking is replaced by a deliberate method that, in a prescribed and systematic way, solves the problems."
Dr. Ivar Giaver, Nobel Prize for Physics, Renssalear Institute

"Lateral thinking helps us to leap from a well traveled neural rut to a more productive side-track whose benefit is seen only in hindsight. His (de Bono's) thinking tools are designed to lead us from the vicarious 'why didn't I think of that before?' to the triumphant 'eureka.'" I saw the system work in action at an impasse during a seminar of Nobel laureates. When a random word was injected into the discussion (a de Bono thinking tool), the problem was quickly solved."
Dr.Sheldon Lee Glashow, Nobel prize for Physics, Harvard

"Sad to think how much harm has been caused by the brutal arrogance of rock logic." in a comparison of the rock logic of the present to the water logic of perception proposed by Dr. Edward de Bono in his book, I Am Right You Are Wrong: From Rock Logic to Water Logic
Professor Dudley Herschbach, Harvard, Nobel Prize for Chemistry

From an Independent School user………….
The admissions office used the Six Hats format to discuss many challenges including:
 - time management in regard admissions priorities and communicating the idea that everyone at SSSAS has a role in marketing the school.

The Director of Admissions said of the process: “The team found the experience engaging and productive. The collaborative nature of the technique especially resonated with younger members as they had more fun!  The time constraints were frustrating at certain points in the discussion, but the structure kept us focused. We have of course discussed these topics before, but the new problem solving approach was energizing.   The most significant result was that we were forced to think more creatively!”

From the Head of Lower School at an independent school: “At our recent JK-12 Multicultural Committee Retreat we used the Six Hats format to discuss the question: What can be done to reduce bias among the adults in the SSSAS community so that we can best support all of our students? (Earlier we had taken the Implicit Attitude Test and discussed what we had discovered about ourselves.)  During the green hat phase we used the Lateral Thinking Exercise.  This format gave everyone a voice and challenged participants to think in a way that may have been different than their inclination.”

Using de Bono methods to change unproductive social patterns……………….
In the United Kingdom the government has the new deal program for unemployed youngsters. Teaching these youngsters thinking, directly, for just six hours increased their employment rate 500 percent. And at the end of two years, 90% still held those jobs.


The de Bono Education Group

Who We Are

The de Bono Education Group serves the educational sector; its’ vendors, educational organizations and constituents; faculties, administrators, students and parents. We teach and train others in the powerful thinking tools developed by Dr. Edward de Bono. Dr. de Bono is world renowned for his research and development of thinking methods in the areas of creative and conceptual thinking.   Based on Dr. de Bono’s concept of operacy, we focus the teaching of his thinking tools as ‘thinking for action.’ The de Bono Education Group is an extension of the successful work we do in the corporate sector via The de Bono Group, LLC. .

What We Do

The de Bono Education Group now offers on-site training, train the trainer programs and consulting services in each of Dr. de Bono’s powerful thinking methodologies: Parallel thinking operationalized via Six Thinking Hats; Lateral Thinking and Perception Broadening Tools. Participant manuals, as well as, teaching and training manuals will be available for each of these programs to administrators, faculty and students.


Our mission is to more fully actualize the thinking capacities and action potential of the constituents we serve. Thinking is our most basic human resource. We need to capitalize on and more effectively develop our skills as thinkers.


Dr. Robert DiYanni, Senior Director of The de Bono Education Group, has taught English and Humanities at CUNY, Harvard, and NYU and has served as Director of International Services for the College Board and Director of Arts and Aesthetic Education for the Scarsdale NY Public Schools. He has written and edited more than thirty books on literature, writing, and interdisciplinary humanities, primarily for secondary school and university students. Among them are Literature: An Introduction, Writing about the Humanities, The Scribner Handbook for Writers, Modern American Poets: Their Voices and Visions (a text to accompany the PBS television series), and Arts and Culture: An Introduction to the Humanities, which served as the basis for a lecture series he co-presented at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Dr. DiYanni has published numerous articles and reviews and has conducted many workshops for teachers, university professors, and school administrators at national and international conferences.  Many of his workshops have been on aspects of critical and creative thinking, in which the work of Edward de Bono has figured prominently, especially the Six Hats and Lateral Thinking. Dr. DiYanni has also served as an educational consultant for the Ministry of Education in China, France, Germany, and Taiwan.  An avid music lover and amateur musician, he plays mandolin and studies classical guitar. He is a certified trainer in de Bono thinking methods.

His educational background includes a Ph. D. from City University of New York, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Johns Hopkins and a Bachelors degree from Rutgers.



hakeem From his professional to academic to community life, Hakeem Rahim places an emphasis on change and transformation. He holds a BA (cum laude)in psychology from Harvard University and an Ed.M and M.A. in psychological counseling from Teacher's College, Columbia University. Hakeem is certified in de Bono's Six Thinking Hats and Lateral Thinking methodologies; he is a graduate of iPEC, an accredited life coach training institute. He is facilitator and coach affiliated with Jasmin Balance, a counseling and wellness company. Hakeem is a experienced public speaker most notably in the education arena. He is also the proprietor of Live Breathe Coaching and Consultation, LLC, a professional coaching and consultative services company that empowers individuals and organizations by helping them achieve alignment between their desired and current situations.


“The Quality of our thinking will determine the Quality of our Future.” – Edward de Bono

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