Our Leadership

We aim to maximize the creative, collaborative and constructive thinking skills of and for our clients via the teaching and use of Edward de Bono Thinking methods.

James P. (PAT) Carlisle


James P. (Pat) Carlisle, President of The de Bono Group, LLC has been recognized, applauded and congratulated by Dr. Edward de Bono for his extensive and successful teaching and training of the widely acclaimed de Bono Thinking™ methods. Foremost as a leader in the field of de Bono Thinking™, he has organized de Bono distributorships and trained trainers in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Portugal. And he has worked with the de Bono distributor in China (Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai) in introducing these powerful thinking methods to key companies there including Microsoft, Motorola, Air Products, Coca-Cola, Bertelsmann, Trane, 3M, Unilever, and Dow-Corning. While in China, he lectured and presented de Bono Thinking™ methods to the largest Executive MBA program in Asia, CEIBS-The China Europe International Business School.

He is foremost as a de Bono Design Thinking expert and professional. Experienced in leading a variety of programs and processes from Executive Team/Leadership Development in his work with teams and organizations to career assessment, coaching and counseling in his work with individuals, his primary focus is developing the full creative thinking potential of organizations via their leaders and teams. With a breadth of experience in a variety of organizational settings, cultures and countries, Mr. Carlisle has more than 5,000 hours of coaching experience with executive and organizational leaders.

As one of the first twelve Master Trainers, personally certified by Dr. Edward de Bono, and one of twelve certified creativity facilitators world-wide, Mr. Carlisle brings a special perspective of experience in his
program and process leadership. Now as a Lifetime Master Trainer in the parallel thinking program, Six Thinking Hats, and in the creativity and innovation program, Lateral Thinking, he is also a Master Trainer
in Power of Perception, a program for sharpening decision making and problem solving skills, Simplicity, Leading High Performance Thinking and Six Value Medals. He is listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s
Who in America, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders of America and Who’s Who in Religion.

A Partial Listing of Conference Presentations by James P. Carlisle

TRIZCON-TRIZ International Conferences Speaker and Presenter on Integrating TRIZ and de Bono Thinking

R&D Development Innovation Summit: Natick, MA Integrating Edward de Bono Thinking Methods, R&D and Innovation

Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Babson College, Wellesley, MA Thinking as a Barrier to Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The International Conference in Strategic Innovation and Future Creation: A European Union Conference in Malta Edward de Bono Thinking Methods, Innovation and Future Creation

Think Differently Summit for BNY Mellon Boston, Massachusetts

VAIS Leadership Conference For Heads of School Richmond, Virginia


“Thanks for such a fantastic session. The ‘Hats’ thinking structure is something we will benefit from for years to come. It was great to spend time with you.”

– Roger Blythe, Vice President-Business Analysis Chick-fil-A

“As founder and long time CEO of Lancaster Laboratories, I was always on the lookout for good external advisors who could help my company. Pat Carlisle was one of those important persons during our most rapid growth. Able to work with all levels, we used him extensively in the development of our key leadership team. His expertise with the Edward de Bono thinking methods and special relationship with Dr. Edward de Bono only add to what he brings to the table. I highly recommend him!”

– Earl H. Hess, Ph.D., Founder and former President of Lancaster Laboratories Inc.

An excellent presenter, fully knowledgeable of Dr. de Bono’s methods, Pat is also able to effectively bridge cultural and language issues with his teaching style.”

– Doris Martinez, Dir. General, Mentis

“Pat, I want you to know how much I enjoyed the week. I think it will be an event we (at Juniata College) will reflect on many years from now as an important start.”

– Tom Kepple President, Juniata College

“He brings a wealth of experience in his use of the de Bono methods. He is excellent and really knows his stuff. I learned a lot and I think you will too. I commend him to you.”

– Len Marrella, Spring Ridge Financial Group

“As a trainer of many courses in Edward de Bono Thinking methods, James P. (Pat) Carlisle has consistently rated in the category ‘excellent’ over a four year period. Training in both Six Thinking Hats and Lateral Thinking, his scores as a trainer averaged 4.8 on a scale of 5 in his presentation of the material and 4.8 on a scale of 5 in overall worth of the course for the participant.”

– Ratings from United Technologies, a member of the Fortune 500

“Bravo! Great Job! Thanks so much.” Walter Curt, President of Power Monitors Inc. After a three day Course in Creativity with key PMI employees.

– Edward de Bono MD. Ph.D. Originator of de Bono Thinking methods

“Pat, I congratulate you, I applaud your success. What you have done is wonderful, I want you to know it is really appreciated. I wish to compliment you.” 

Some of the de Bono Group’s clients:

Clients and Courses

A partial listing of clients he and The de Bono Group have worked with include Research in Motion (Blackberry), MTV (Viacom), F5 Networks, Boston Scientific, The Martin Agency, The US Army Central Electronics Communications Command, Phillip Morris, Nestle USA, Genentech, The Marketing Store, The Orchestra Forum, The Naval Surface Warfare Center USN, Highmark, Siemens PLM, Gillette, Independence Blue Cross, IDG, IMS Health, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, The Methodist Hospital in Houston, CHI-Catholic Health Initiatives, The Corporate Executive Board, BP Exploration, Babson College, Motorola, The Defense Intelligence Agency, Mars Inc., Oracle, United Technologies, Wachovia, The Betty Ford Center, Merrill Lynch, and The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

Applause from Edward de Bono

In addition to granting Mr. Carlisle the privilege of the use of his name, Dr. de Bono has given Mr. Carlisle a 10/20 tribute straight out of his book, The de Bono Code Book: