# LateralThinking

Published on April 16, 2008

Author: Siro

Source: authorstream.com

Lateral Thinking:  Lateral Thinking Edward de Bono Tennis Problem:  Tennis Problem How many court-time will need to be scheduled in order to play a double elimination tournament of 128 tennis players. Vertical v. Lateral Thinking:  Vertical v. Lateral Thinking V = Selective L = Generative V = Moves in one direction L = Moves to generate direction V = Analytical L = Provocative V = Sequential L = Makes jumps V = Each step correct L = Not so Vertical v. Lateral Thinking:  Vertical v. Lateral Thinking V = Excludes irrelevant L = Chance intrusions V = Classification and labels fixed L = Not so V = Moves in one direction L = Moves to generate direction V = Most likely L = Least likely V = Finite process L = probabilistic one Vertical v. Lateral Thinking:  Vertical v. Lateral Thinking With vertical thinking one uses information for its own sake to in order to move forward to a solution. With lateral thinking one uses information not for its own sake but provocatively in order to bring about repatterning. Basic Nature of Lateral Thinking:  Basic Nature of Lateral Thinking Concerned with changing patterns In a self-maximizing system with a memory the arrangement of information must always be less than the best possible arrangement Both an attitude and a method of using information Never a judgment 4 Lines:  4 Lines 4 Lines:  4 Lines 4 Lines:  4 Lines Folding Solution:  Folding Solution Conceptual Blockbusting:  Conceptual Blockbusting James L. Adams Conceptual blocks:  Conceptual blocks Conceptual blocks are mental walls which block the problem-solver from correctly perceiving a problem or conceiving its solution. Conceptual Blocks:  Conceptual Blocks Perceptual Cultural Environmental Emotional Intellectual Expressive Problem:  Problem Assume that a steel pipe is imbedded in the concrete floor of a bare room. The inside diameter of the pipe is .06” larger than the diameter of a ping-pong ball (1.50”) which is resting gently on the bottom of the pipe. You are one of six people in the room along with the following: Equipment:  Equipment 100’ clothesline A carpenters hammer A chisel A box of Wheaties A file A wire coat hanger A monkey wrench A light bulb Diagram:  Diagram 4” Solutions:  Solutions Fluency – number of concepts one produces in a given length of time. Flexibility – diversity of the ideas generated Flexibility:  Flexibility Tweezers Tools Wheaties Cultural Blocks:  Cultural Blocks Fantasy and reflection are a waste of time lazy, even crazy. Playfulness is for children only Problem solving is a serious business and humor is out of place Reason, logic numbers utility, Practicality are good; feeling, intuition, qualitative judgments, pleasure are bad Tradition is preferable to change Any problem can be solved by scientific thinking and lots of money Taboos Environmental Blocks:  Environmental Blocks Lack of cooperation and trust of colleagues Autocratic boss who values only his own ideas; does not reward others Distractions – phone, easy intrusions Lack of support to bring ideas into action Perceptual Blocks:  Perceptual Blocks Difficulty in isolation the problem Tendency to delimit the problem too closely Inability to see the problem from various viewpoints Seeing what you expect to see; Stereotyping Saturation Failure to utilize all sensory inputs

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