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Simplicity by Edward De Bono
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Simplicity (original 1998; edition 1998)

by Edward De Bono

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Edward de Bono is the bestselling author of Teach Yourself to Think, Six Thinking Hats, and Water Logic. With this book, he aims to show how a lateral thinking approach can simplify a complex matter.
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A short, easy to read book on the virtue and value of the simple. It's not as easy as it seems, and there are always trade-offs. Simple for whom? the producer or the user? The employer or the employee? Complexity is rarely desired, yet is surprisingly hard to eliminate. I'm only giving it 3 stars, as it rambles a lot, and maybe this book only needed to be 50 pages, and de Bono is getting old and a bit cranky. Still, worth the read if you like this kind of thing.
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  starcat | Aug 11, 2014 |
Have you ever given up trying to programme your video recorder or use a feature on your computer because the instructions are so complicated? Or wondered why it is so difficult to fill a tax form?
Modern life can be unnecessarily frustrating. Needless systems, processes, legislation and red-tape only serve to increase our anxiety. Here Edward de Bono, the originator of lateral thinking, shows us how we can bring a little simplicity into our complex lives.
The challenge of achieving simplicity requires a lot of creative techniques, including historical review, which asks whether something we traditionally take for granted is still necessary; shedding, where we eliminate what cannot be justified; bulk and exceptions, which deals separately with majority and extreme cases; and reframing, which can make us realize we are seeking solutions to a non-problem.
Edward de Bono concludes his thought-provoking study with ten rules for simplicity, and ground-breaking plans for an Institute of Simplicity and National Simplicity Campaign.
  rajendran | Mar 5, 2007 |
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