What Is Lateral Thinking?
It is impossible to talk about Lateral Thinking without honoring the man who identified the process, Edward de Bono. Edward de Bono describes lateral thinking as a process of creativity.
As a problem solving tool, lateral thinking generates new ideas by looking at problems from different perspectives. Innovation occurs when many possibilities, regardless if merit, are considered. The abundance of ideas, regardless of how ridiculous, can lead to the one idea that is genius!
Lateral Thinking exposes aspects that cannot be seen by logical analysis. But once a great idea is created, a logical mind runs with it!
Lateral thinking inspires while logical thinking implements, they work hand in hand.
We have countless ways to practice logical thinking, mathematics is one of them. But we have very few ways to develop and practice lateral thinking. Which is the process of creativity.
No matter how good an idea is, a better idea is always lurking just around the corner.
The Hula hoop and Frisbee are two very simple toys that made millions of dollars. Both existed prior to taking the world by storm, the Frisbee a pie plate and the Hula hoop an exercise device. Someone looked at them from a different perspective and created multi-million dollar toy frenzy.
I am sure you are familiar with the saying, "there are two sides to every story". Lateral thinking exposes other sides.
Most new ideas, once thought of seem so obvious it boggles the mind as to why they were so hard to see in the first place.
Take steam for example, it's been around since long before man, millions of years, yet it has only been recently, (relatively speaking) that someone came up with the idea of harnessing it's tremendous power. This "idea" revolutionized the world. If you look into the history of just about everything mankind has accomplished you will find lateral thinking sparked the innovation and logical thinking executed the innovation.
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