Maximizing Effectiveness

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Maximizing Effectiveness

How to Make a Positive Difference as Fully as Possible

updated on icon Updated on Sep, 2023

language icon Language - English

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Course Description

In so many walks of life we are trying to make a positive difference. But, how effective we are will depend on a number of factors. So, maximizing our effectiveness can be a difficult undertaking. This course has been developed to help you get as close to optimal effectiveness as you can. It is built on Edward de Bono’s ‘Six Thinking Hats’ model, but extended to include the very important seventh thinking hat, the Gold hat of equality and diversity.

Edward de Bono is world famous for his work on lateral thinking and other aspects of how the mind works. His six-thinking hats model for maximizing your effectiveness has been highly praised for offering a systematic approach to producing the best results. The approach is explained in the course and its usefulness highlighted.

Dr Neil Thompson has used this approach to very good effect (and with very positive feedback) as the basis of training workshops on maximizing effectiveness, but has felt the need to also discuss the missing dimension of equality and diversity. He has therefore added a seventh hat to fill that gap.

So, if you are interested in getting the best results in whatever projects your work involves, this course should be a great help to you.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone who wishes to maximize their ability to make a positive difference in their work and/or their lives more broadly.


What will you learn in this course:

  • Develop a fuller understanding of what is involved in being effective in what we seek to achieve

  • Explore the significance of de Bono’s ‘Six Thinking Hats’ model

  • Find out more about the significance of the seventh thinking hat

  • Be more confident in seeking to maximize our effectiveness


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • All that you need is a desire to learn more about maximizing your effectiveness.

Maximizing Effectiveness


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

Maximizing Effectiveness
7 Lectures
  • play icon Prologue 01:07 01:07
  • play icon Introduction 03:27 03:27
  • play icon Module Companion E-workbook
  • play icon Part 1 - Aiming for the best results 06:04 06:04
  • play icon Part 2 - De Bono's six thinking hats 08:16 08:16
  • play icon Part 3 - The gold hat 07:44 07:44
  • play icon Conclusion 04:24 04:24

Instructor Details

Anna Thompson

Anna Thompson

Dr Neil Thompson is a highly experienced tutor and trainer. He is highly respected for his ability to explain complex ideas clearly and effectively. His gentle voice and unhurried approach are widely appreciated by online learners as will as attendees at his conferences and workshops. 

He is an independent writer, educator and adviser based in Wales. He is also a visiting professor at the Open University in the UK.. He is a well-published author with over 200 publications to his name, including over 40 books, several of which are bestsellers. He has been a speaker at conferences in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Norway, the Netherlands, Greece, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Hong Kong, India, the United States, Canada and Australia. 

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