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“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Steve Jobs

Lateral thinking, is the ability to think creatively, or "outside the box"

Lateral thinking involves discarding the obvious, leaving behind traditional modes of thought, and throwing away preconceptions.

Edward de BonoIt's very important in careers such as advertising, marketing, the media and art and design.

Lateral thinking is solving problems through an indirect and creative approach, using reasoning that is not immediately obvious and involving ideas that may not be obtainable by using only traditional step-by-step logic. The term was coined in 1967 by Edward de Bono.

JackieStewart JackieStewart, three times World Champion- Formula One racing driver had undiagnosed dyslexia and was unable to complete his school education. He said: “When you’ve got dyslexia and you find something you’re good at, you put more into it than anyone else; you can’t think the way of the clever folk, so you’re always thinking out of the box."

"The fear of making a mistake, of risking an error, or of being told you are wrong is constantly with us. And that’s a shame. Making mistakes is not the same thing as being creative, but if you are not willing to make mistakes, then it is impossible to be truly creative. I f your state of mind is coming from a place of fear and risk avoidance, then you will always settle for the safe solutions—the solutions already applied many times before.”

Few questions on lateral thinking to tickle your brain
1.    If you were alone in a deserted house at night, and there was an oil lamp, a candle and firewood and you only have one match, which would you light first?
2.    How many birthdays does a typical woman have?
3.    To the nearest cubic centimeter, how much soil is there in a 3m x 2m x 2m hole?
4.    If the hour hand of a clock moves 1/60th of a degree every minute, how many degrees will it move in an hour?
Answers to the questions above:
1.    The match!
2.    One
3.    None - it's a hole!
4.    One
[Read More at: - Edward De Bono: the “inventor” of lateral thinking]