I’ve just been tagged (if you could call being a few days late ‘just’), and I’m as excited as a bunny in a carrot farm. Dear pal Ell has sent me a comment that I only got to while I was housekeeping my spam comments (all good comments get slushed up in the spam queue, while the bad ones keep showing up in my normal queue here in rambleville).
Not too late! It is a book meme tag, and here were my instructions:

  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Open the book to page 123.
  3. Find the fourth sentence.
  4. Post the next three sentences along with these instructions.
  5. Don’t search around and look for the “coolest” book you can find. Do what’s actually next to you.
  6. State the book title and author

So, here it is:

In many areas only weak values are available and you have to work with these. It is no use hoping for strong values or even sound values if these are hard to come by. A weak value on its own is weak.

The book is Edward de Bono’s The Six Value Medals. It’s on the bed here right next to me.
Not having read the book yet (my wife was reading it and left it here), reading those 3 sentences really doesn’t make any sense.
I’m fascinated with the work that de Bono has done with what I call meta-thinking – his thinking about thinking. He pretty much made thinking into as close a science as you can get, with tools such as Lateral Thinking and the 6 Thinking Hats (the training which I went to for the 6 Thinking Hats was pretty damn cool, and is extremely useful for categorically organizing your thinking).
Lateral Thinking is a method that is used to stimulate the brain to be creative consistently. Think about that for a minute – consistently generating creative ideas!
The Value Medals I know nothing about, but given the usefulness of 6 Thinking Hats and Lateral Thinking, learning up the Medals shouldn’t be any less interesting.
I’ll probably write something about thinking tools someday.
Ell, thanks for the tag! 😀