Mental Floss 48




The answer to last week’s challenge is. Q: There are three light switches in a room. You can do what you want with them and then go into the next room where there are three light bulbs. How can you identify the switch that turns on each of the lights? You can’t go back into the room with the switches. The wall between the rooms are sealed and the door locks behind you when you go into the second room.

A: In the first room, leave one of the light switches on for 10 mins and then turn it off. Leave one light switch on and the other off. In the second room then see which bulb is on, which one is off and which is warm from having been on.

This week’s lateral thinking challenge is.

Q: One tenant lives on the first floor of a 15 floor building. The number of tenants living on each successive floor is double that of the previous one. The building has a lift. Which button in the lift is the most worn?

The answer to this and a new challenge, next week …

Speaking of challenging thinking and becoming better equipped to address our organisational challenges …  The Six Thinking Hats is of the most powerful methods used that enables users to see and appreciate different perspectives and move beyond their habitual thinking styles.

We will be conducting training in the Six Thinking Hats methods in Sydney and Melbourne in August and September. These sessions are ideal for facilitators, consultants, managers or anyone wishing to improve their thinking and the thinking of those around them. Whilst in Sydney we will also be conducting our accredited train-the-trainer sessions for those wishing to add to their strategy, facilitation and training offerings.

All course and registration details can be found in the links below.

Melbourne, Six Thinking Hats Training – Aug 31
Sydney, Six Thinking Hats Training – Sept 5
Sydney, Six Thinking Hats Certifications for New Trainers – Sept 5, 6 & 7

Have a great weekend!



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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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