Lateral Thinking: A Textbook of Creativity by Edward De Bono

By Edward De Bono

THE vintage paintings approximately enhancing creativity from world-renowned author and thinker Edward de Bono. In colleges we're taught to satisfy difficulties head-on: what Edward de Bono calls 'vertical thinking'. This works good in easy events - yet we're at a loss while this technique fails. What then? Lateral pondering is all approximately liberating up your mind's eye. via a sequence of distinctive options, in teams or operating on my own, Edward de Bono indicates find out how to stimulate the brain in new and interesting methods. quickly you'll be taking a look at difficulties from numerous angles and providing up strategies which are as inventive as they're potent. you'll turn into even more effective and a powerful philosopher on your personal correct. 'If extra bankers and investors had learn Lateral considering and utilized the guidelines of Edward de Bono to their very own slim definitions of chance, present and human expectancies, i think we'd be in far better form than we are'Sir Richard Branson Edward de Bono invented the concept that of lateral pondering. A world-renowned author and thinker, he's the major authority within the box of artistic considering and the direct educating of considering as a ability. Dr de Bono has written greater than 60 books, in forty languages, with humans now educating his tools world wide. He has chaired a unique summit of Nobel Prize laureates, and been hailed as one of many 250 those that have contributed such a lot to mankind. Dr de Bono's titles contain vintage bestsellers reminiscent of Six pondering Hats, Lateral pondering, i'm correct you're mistaken, educate your self easy methods to imagine, train Your baby tips to imagine, and straightforwardness - all now re-issued via Penguin.

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The two pieces are usually arranged to give a square as shown. Then another piece of plastic is added with the same instructions as before. This is simply added to the square to give a rectangle. Two more pieces are now added together. They are put together to give a slab which is added to the rectangle to give a square again. Finally another piece is added. But this new piece will not fit. Although one has been correct at each stage one is unable to proceed further. The new piece cannot be fitted into the existing pattern.

If one does deal with personal problems it is probably best to deal with them in an abstracted way as if talking about third parties. 4. Design and innovation problems. g. ). 5. Closed problems. These are problems for which there is a definite answer. There is a way of doing something and it is seen to work when it is found. Such problems may be practical ones (for instance how to hang a washing line) or artificial ones (how to make a hole in a postcard big enough to put your head through). Problems can be derived from many different sources: 1.

In any case one can take steps to encourage a chance process. The effectiveness of lateral thinking for generating new ideas can be shown experimentally. Whenever a solution is said to have been reached by lateral thinking there is always a logical pathway by which the solution could have been reached. Hence what is supposed to be lateral thinking is no more than a plea for better logical thinking It is quite impossible to tell whether a particular solution was reached by a lateral or vertical process.

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