Lateral Thinking = Thinking Outside of the Box

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Richard Townsend, United States

Lateral Thinking = Thinking Outside of the Box

It seems to me, lateral thinking is not much more than thinking "outside of the box". If we start to incorporate theories as to how to laterally think, we are just creating a larger box.

  Tobias Hwara, Malawi

Lateral Thinking is Thinking Outside of the Box

Lateral thinking according to Edward De Bono simply means thinking out of the box: One should not follow a set procedure to solve a problem. This allows the individual to be creative. I think culture plays a very important part in shaping the way individuals think. This means we must allow our children to think out of the box all the time and not restrict them to the way things have always been done in the past.

  Edmond Pietila
Manager, United States

Lateral Thinking = Using All Disciplines

To me, lateral thinking is very similar to thinking "out of the box". It is taking proven methods from other disciplines and applying them to new disciplines to solve problems.
A great example is taking a syringe (medical discipline) and use it to apply glue, paint, chemicals.
What is important is locating similar "end points" in different disciplines, then seeing if their methods can be applied in your area. we know where we want to go, so we just look at different ways to get there
Not necessarily the "normal" way (in fact, rarely a "normal" way) but looking at all the possibilities. If a person is too "focused" on what they learned in school by rote, they will have a difficult time seeing other disciplines as a way to the result. A lateral thinker is in the lateral thinking mode normally, and isn't limited to one line of thought.

  Mario de Obaldia, United States

Larger Box

... Where we can feel that we have shaken the shakles of the oppressive - brave new world....

  Tom Wilson
HR Consultant, United States

We Cannot Escape the Box

@Edmond Pietila: It seems to me the object of lateral thinking is to understand the box we occupy in order to optimize i...

  Andrew Blaine
Business Consultant, South Africa

Lateral Thinking and New Boxes

It is my opinion that lateral thinking creates new boxes out of which we can then think. Without these new boxes there i...

  G N Kambare
Business Consultant, Zimbabwe

Think Without a Box

Organizations should focus on No-Box-Mentality. Ask people to think outside of the box - the first thing they will do i...


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