Lateral Thinking Methods / Tools

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C. Divakaran, India

Lateral Thinking Methods / Tools

Lateral thinking is key today. What methods and tools are being deployed within lateral thinking?
Please summarize one tool in your reply. Thanks!

  Anton Korchinskiy
Coach, Ukraine

What are Methods of Lateral Thinking?

Lateral thinking is the group of methods to find definitely new way of reaching your goals. After finding them you also need to analyze them, because the ideas are not always really good. I had two occasions in my practice as a business-coach to train managers in lateral thinking methods. In one company it gave a serious financial result. In the other it was also useful, but the situation they wanted to change is still the same after three years :-)
All methods of LT are based on two principles:
1. One of them is telling that mostly people use up to 3 ways of finding the solution. lt needs believing that there are always more than 20 ways of solving a problem. You simply need to investigate how you can change your attitude to the situation. It is the key.
2. The second principle is telling that using LT works when you focus at the result you need, but not at the problem. This is easy to say, but my experience shows that people very often think they are result-focused when they are really stunned in the "swamp" of problems-focusing.

  R Hallagan
Management Consultant, United States

What are Methods of Lateral Thinking?

To Divakaran's question, Shipra make a good point about categorisation. Categorization is a useful and necessary tool of...

  Johnny Michael Tan
Management Consultant, Malaysia

Lateral Thinking and the Green Hat

Lateral thinking is about questioning the basic fundamentals of how else to get the solution. It's as simple as seeing ...

  Michael Goss
Student (University), Ireland

Decreasing Bias in Lateral Thinking

Have a look at the article by Stephen Butler, it explains very well lateral thinking and how it can be used. Source: B...

  Saravanan Radhakrishnan

Today, Tomorrow and Future

The Today, Tomorrow and Future model could be used for creating lateral thinking within an organisation, to keep it simp...

  Dilip Khanal
CEO, Nepal

Disagreement is Good: Can Lateral Thinking Be Stimulated?

In Nepal, normally a boss's version is the organization's version. Once I was addressing a group of employees in a off...

  Jackie Consbruck, United States

Lateral Thinking

I am getting a clearer picture of what lateral thinking is. I appreciate everyone's response. This helps me a lot. Thank...

  Gary Wong
Consultant, Canada

Serious Creativity Tools

I had the great privilege of being trained by Edward De Bono to deliver lateral thinking training sessions. He titled th...

  Ahmad Sultan Abdulla
Consultant, Malaysia

Lateral Thinking Book with Many Tools

I wonder if it is OK to suggest the book called Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques (2nd Edition) by...

  Abdul Qadir, Pakistan

6 Hats

Besides lateral thinking, Edward De Bono is also known for his Six Thinking Hats method. These hats are helpful for deve...

  Gary Wong
Consultant, Canada

@Abdul Qadir on Six Thinking Hats

The 6th (black hat) method is a structured, disciplined way of organizing thinking. You wear the black hat when you want...

Teacher, Mexico

Lateral Thinking

I can say that lateral thinking starts at kinder garden, the place where we start to develop knowledge. We must remember...

  Ali Sumner
CEO, Australia

What are Methods of Lateral Thinking

Like Gary wong I am a trained lateral thinking instructor. Many people do not realise dr Edward De Bono invented the ter...


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