ADI stands for “Agreements, Disagreements and Irrelevance”. It is yet another excellent attention directing thinking tool by deBono.

During any conflict or clash situation, we tend to oppose and demean everything said by the other party to “score” maximum points and to “feel” better. Unfortunately this attitude cannot get both parties any where and is sheer waste of time and energy.

There are always things upon which both parties can agree; these are agreements. There are also few things which are not relevant but can charge the atmosphere; these are irrelevant. We need to weed them out too. We can then concentrate on disagreements and find a way forward.

You can do ADI on your own even if the other party is not willing to do it. This will help you understand the situation in a better way. You can then spell out the agreements, disagreements and irrelevance to the other party to make the discussion productive.

ADI can be done by both parties separately or together. Thinking, then, can be directed to a mutually agreeable solution. During a media discussion/talk show, the host or anchor can help the participents to do an ADI.

Doing an EBS or OPV before doing ADI is worth the effort. You will also have better understanding of the other party or people. This will, in turn, help you do better ADI.

Doing an ADI can reveal that the points of disagreements are in fact very small and can be resolved more easily than both parties thought.


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