Lateral Thinking Training

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Lateral thinking is a term invented by Edward de Bono which describes thinking that uses specific techniques for developing new ideas through changing concepts and perceptions through using formal thinking tools. A lateral thinking solution to a problem is often described as coming from left field or from outside the box.

The lateral thinking tools developed by de Bono are for breaking open entrenched and predictable thinking. “The brain is a self-organising system that routinely organises input into patterns. These tools enable us to move laterally across those patterns, thereby opening up new, concepts, perceptions and ideas.”

Lateral thinking provides a means of generating new ideas which has never ending application inside an organisations where new and innovative ways of doing things are increasingly called for. The lateral thinking tools provide a structured and logical approach to creativity and are based on an understanding of the brain being a self-organising information system. This makes creativity and the generation of valuable ideas a skill that everyone can learn, develop and deliberately apply.

Lateral thinking should not be viewed solely as a means of solving problems. The tools are designed to be able to look at anything with a view to exploring and designing a better way forward. This thinking is about making a creative effort and looking at alternatives and possibilities.

Lateral thinking is one of the prerequisites for innovation to occur. Lateral thinking assists in changing people’s perceptions, which intern changes how they feel about something, which then helps facilitate change.

This training is designed for those with a need to regularly generate ideas and new perspectives, and in this complex and rapidly changing world, that means everyone!

For more information on the 1.5 day training, contact Frank on 0400 109727 or at

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About the Author

Frank Connolly is the Principal of “Think Quick”, a business that adds value through thinking differently. His work history covers all sectors and includes initiatives that have yielded bottom line benefit in the 10’s of millions of dollars.

Frank has worked across Australia, South East Asia, China, the Middle East and Africa where he has trained and facilitated multiple thinking methods and been acknowledged by Edward de Bono as one of the foremost practitioners of the de Bono thinking methods worldwide.

Frank believes strongly that if we can improve the way we think, the actions that follow also improve.


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