Mental Floss 2





The answer to last week’s mental floss problem: Q: There is a cabin on the top of a mountain. Inside the cabin are four dead people. All of the cabin doors are locked from the inside. What might have happened?

A: The cabin was that of a crashed jet aircraft.

If you imagined a log cabin surrounded by trees and snow then fear not, most of us pictured exactly the same thing. This is an example of a pattern of learning. Once we lock into this pattern and it takes us to the log cabin we are unable to answer last week’s challenge. Hence the need for lateral thinking. More on how to break these patterns to allow a lateral response later ….

This week’s challenge is of a similar nature.

At the bottom of the sea lies a perfectly preserved vehicle worth tens of millions of dollars. However, no one will attempt to salvage it. Why not?





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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.

Comments (1)

  1. James De Vere :

    Although the vehicle is worth many millions it’s located in a difficult place. Taking resources and time retrieving it outstrips its value. That’s why no one wants it-yet.


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