Background Edward de Bono introduced the term lateral thinking in his 1967 book New Think: The Use of Lateral Thinking.
His contra-logical approach has become a well established part of most, if not all, of today's creative thinking methods and approaches.
Description: Lateral Thinking is a deliberate, systematic creative-thinking process that deliberately looks at challenges from completely different angles. By introducing specific, unconventional thinking techniques, lateral thinking enables thinkers to find novel solutions that would otherwise remain uncovered. Lateral thinking focuses on what could be rather than what is possible and centers around four directives:
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The truth is de Bono stole Lateral Thinking from Alex Osborn of BBDO Advertising, and de Bono stole Six hats from Michael Hewitt-
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- Ian Carter
I take objection to the use of the word "deliberate" in your definition of what lateral thinking is. I acknowledge that it has to be deliberate for folks who are inclined to vertical thinking, but the..
- David Hazlett
The opening of the article, ",,, a deliberate, systematic creative-thinking process that deliberately looks at challenges from completely different angles." Puts the concept of Lateral Thinking in a b..
- Dave Hazlett