Adapted from: The Leader's Guide To Lateral Thinking, Paul Sloane


Understand the Problem: recognize that you and everyone else have ingrained assumptions about every situation.  >>  Check Your Assumptions

Creative Dissatisfaction

Play a Child: Ask plenty of basic 'Why?' and 'Why Not?' questions in order to discover and challenge those assumptions.  >>>

4 WHYs of True Success

Play an External Observer: pretend you are a complete outsider and ask questions like 'Why do you do it this way at all?'  >>>

Same Reality, Different Perceptions

Unpackage the Problem: reduce a situation to its simplest components in order to take it out of your environment.

Reframe: consider an issue from many different angles; restate a problem in different terms.



Imagine the Opposite: consider what the experts and professionals advise and then consider doing the opposite... More


"Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream." ~ Malcolm Muggeridge  >>>






A Reminder for Managers

  • A thing is not right because we do it.

  • A method is not good because we use it.

  • Equipment is not the best because we own it.


Make a Difference!


"A ship in port is safe; but that is not what ships are built for. Sail out to sea and do new things."  >>>
Grace Hopper