Mental Floss 52








The answer to last week’s challenge is. Q: A dead person’s soul comes to a crossroads: one way leads to heaven, the other to hell. There is no road sign to tell the soul which is which. Guards stand at the beginning of each road. One is always honest and the other is always dishonest. What single question should the soul ask a guard in order to find the way to heaven?

A: Ask one guard “If I ask the other guard which is the road to heaven, what will he say”? If the soul asks the dishonest guard, he’ll turn the response of the truthful one into a falsehood and point to hell. If the soul asks the honest guard, he’ll quote his dishonest counterpart, who would be directing you to hell; he would not change the words of the dishonest guard, since he would be telling the truth. Since both guards pointed to hell, you only need to choose the other direction.

This week’s lateral thinking challenge is.

Q: Three coins are placed side by side in a row, touching each other. The leftmost coin (A), the middle coin (B), and the rightmost (C). How can you move A so that it will be between B and C without touching B or C?

The answer along with 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 Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra in Aug, Sept & Oct.  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
Canberra, Six Thinking Hats Training – Oct 17
Canberra, Six Thinking Hats Certifications for New Trainers – Oct 17, 18 & 19



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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