Lateral Thinking - Sometimes Suppressed

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Lateral Thinking - Sometimes Suppressed
Sey Ojo, Accountant, United Kingdom

This is the way to operate out of the box. Unfortunately, as someone mentioned elsewhere, it can be suppressed by lilliputian who consider themselves giants - either at work, in school or at home.
The tragedy for many is that being asked to work by the book has made them docile and incapable of independent thinking. This occurs where you have a "strong" manager who is either past his/her usefulness and hence insist on operating on the basis of what has worked in the past or is just, frankly speaking, incompetent and afraid of changes that might expose him. They are always defending their turf.
Where such occurs, the lateral thinker should explore new avenues to develop and not allow himself to be a subject of continuing suppression.

Lateral Thinking - Sometimes Suppressed
R Hallagan, Management Consultant, United States
It is true there are many people stuck in traditional ways of thinking and it can be frustrating. Oftentimes, they are holding on to what they know since its what has worked for them in the past. When it is no longer working, fear can accompany the risk of failure, losing control of the situation - and perhaps one's position.
The root of this "old school problem" can almost always be tied to the lack of trust or appreciation for the rank and file. And, as hard as it is to teach old dogs new tricks, we should try because it's much easier than the alternative if it works. If this fails, the organization will suffer more employee turnover and risk losing customers to its competitors until or unless they wake up.



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