PISCO: A Thinking Tool for Problem Solving and Decision Making

PISCO: A Thinking Tool for Problem Solving and Decision Making

PISCO is a thinking tool developed by Edward de Bono, a Maltese physician, psychologist, and author.

It is a systematic approach to problem solving and decision making that can be used to improve the quality of your thinking.

The acronym PISCO stands for:

  • Purpose: What is the purpose of your thinking? What do you hope to achieve?


  • Input: What information do you need to solve the problem or make the decision? Here you could use:

OPV: Other People’s Views


  • Solutions: What are the possible solutions.

Here you could use;

APC: Alternatives, Possibilities, and Choices


  • Choice: Which solution is the best one?


  • Operation: How will you implement the solution?


To use PISCO, simply follow these steps:

  1. Clarify your purpose. What are you trying to achieve? What is the desired outcomes?

  2. Gather input. What information do you need to solve the problem or make the decision? This could include data, facts, opinions, and ideas.

  3. Generate solutions. Brainstorm as many possible solutions as you can. Don’t worry about judging the quality of the solutions at this stage.

  4. Evaluate the solutions. Carefully consider each solution and its potential consequences.

  5. Make a choice. Select the solution that you believe is the best one.

  6. Implement the solution. Take steps to put the solution into action.

PISCO is a versatile thinking tool that can be used in a variety of situations. It can be used to solve problems at work, at home, or in your personal life.

It can also be used to make decisions about your education, your career, or your relationships.

Here are some examples of how you could use PISCO:

  • You are a manager who is trying to decide how to improve employee morale. You could use PISCO to clarify your purpose (to improve morale), gather input (from employees, surveys, etc.), generate solutions (such as providing more training, creating a more flexible work environment, etc.), evaluate the solutions, and make a choice.


  • You are a student who is trying to decide what major to choose. You could use PISCO to clarify your purpose (to choose a major that will lead to a satisfying career), gather input (from your parents, teachers, friends, etc.), generate solutions (such as different majors, different colleges, etc.), evaluate the solutions, and make a choice.


  • You are a man  who is trying to make additional $5000 a month,   could use PISCO to clarify your purpose (to make additional $5000 per month), gather input (from your mentors, friends, books, online article etc.), generate solutions (such as starting a coaching business, blog or real estate), evaluate the solutions, and make a choice.


PISCO is a powerful thinking tool that can help you to improve your problem-solving and [decision-making skills]. If you are facing a difficult problem or decision, try using PISCO to help you find the best solution.

Here are some additional tips for using PISCO:
  • Be specific about your purpose. What exactly do you want to achieve?


  • Be open to different solutions. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box.


  • Consider the pros and cons of each solution. What are the potential benefits and risks?


  • Be willing to make a decision. Don’t procrastinate.


  • Be flexible. Be willing to change your mind if necessary.


PISCO is a simple but effective [thinking tool] that can help you to make better decisions.

By following the steps outlined above, you can learn to use PISCO to improve your problem-solving and  decision-making skills

I hope this article has been helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Please, share it with your network on all your social media platforms.

Felix A. Duyilemi is the world’s #1 Greatness and Leadership Coach who specializes in helping people create extraordinary results by becoming aware of their infinite potential. He is the creator of  1000X Results Coaching Program, a Coaching Program designed to skyrocket your results.

Felix A. Duyilemi is the author of the Award-winning book, “How to Borrow God’s Brain to Succeed” and other top-rated books and has giving more than  5000 talks on subjects ranging from Success Ideation, Mindset, Leadership and Potential Maximization. His latest book is “How to Monetize Your Brain.”

When he’s not learning, or coaching or speaking, he’s at home enjoying the company of his amazing family!Reach him at [email protected]

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