How to Think Laterally

Lateral Thinking
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R Hallagan
Management Consultant, United States

How to Think Laterally

Problem-solving, and lateral thinking in particular, requires that we think counter-intuitively, since intuitive/linear thinking brought us into the problem.
For example, when there's a problem, the initial tendency is to focus on the problem because that is the target of our frustration (be it bad morale, falling productivity, inferior quality, or whatever). Lateral thinking suggests looking at it from different persepctivers altogether, such as looking at the intended result instead and thus posing every question in light of its positive or negative effect on achieving that goal/result.
What about the customers' perspective - whether its about the problem - or even the intended result? Who knows, maybe the intended result is outdated.

  Satish Talikota
Management Consultant, India
 

How to Think Laterally

Good explanation, thank you. Especially the problem & result focus....

  Pradeep Kakkar
Consultant, India
 

Lateral Thinking and Simplicity

There's one key element in lateral thinking that hasn't come through in the discussion thus far: simplicity. Solutions a...

 

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