Lateral Thinking

30th June 2021

I have been writing this weekly blog since September 2020, I do hope it has been of some help. I have decided to take a summer holiday away from writing for 2 weeks, to relax and unwind and have family fun. Come rain or shine my plans are to have no plans. To switch off, and indulge in hobbies such as photography, reading and enjoying the great outdoors.

Whilst I am busy not being busy and generally not ‘thinking’ too much I thought I would encourage you to get your ‘thinking caps’ on.

Lateral Thinking : is a method of solving problems by using your imagination to help you think of solutions that are not obvious at first. (Collins dictionary)

Bigthink.com

  • Lateral thinking is a way of approaching problems. It deliberately forgoes obvious approaches in favour of oblique or unexpected ones.
  • Deliberately ignoring perfectly good but straightforward solutions enables us to find hidden innovations we would otherwise miss.
  • Edward de Bono, who developed the concept of lateral thinking, lays out 4 specific lateral thinking techniques: awareness, random stimulation, alternatives, and alteration.
  • Instead of moving step-by-step to a logical conclusion based off the available data, to generate as many ideas and think out of the box for a solution.
  • Here’s a puzzle from big think.com:
    • A man walks into a bar and asks the bartender for a glass of water, who instead pulls out a gun, cocks it, and points it at the man. The man thanks the bartender and walks out. Why did the man thank the bartender?

You can find many other examples on line and in books, they do actually make interesting party conversation starters and early morning classroom activities/questions, to get those brains moving. Have a try….

A man pushed his car. He stopped when he reached a hotel at which point he knew he was bankrupt. Why?

A man who lives in a fifty-story building decides to jump out of his window. He survives his fall with no injuries. How did he do this?

You are driving a bus. The bus is empty when you begin your route. At the first stop, four people get on. At the second stop, eight people get on and 2 get off. At the third stop, 3 people get off and 4 get on. What colour are the bus driver’s eyes?

Which word in the dictionary is spelled incorrectly?

Have fun discussing the possible creative answers to the above, I will provide the answers when I return.

I am sure you know some of your own lateral thinking questions, be good to hear them.

So I will be back in a few weeks, take care and I will leave you with a summery puzzle…..

What did the beach say when the tide came in?

Long time, no sea

The sea waved back …..

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