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The Leader's Guide to Lateral Thinking Skills: Unlocking the Creativity and Innovation in You and Your Team Paperback – November 1, 2006
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Every chapter starts with a phrase of a well-known writer or thinker that resumes the global idea of the chapter and allows you to understand the main purpose better. During the reading the author challenges you to find the solution of some problems that were solved using a Lateral Thinking approach. A kind of learn by doing exercise.
The book includes a list of useful technics to unlock creativity in your organisation or in your team.
I have to say that Paul is a "5 stars" writer and person. I started to follow him in Twitter and I we had a little conversation about the book and his approaches to lateral thinking. He was very cool and close to me.
I thought the examples used in it were quite powerful, since I still remember them. One is the fish bowl example (separating the small fish from the one large fish that eats them with a glass partition) - that the brain becomes complacent after a while and stops questioning. The other one was that of Henry Ford - who fired a senior manager who salted his soup before tasting it. Ooh ! That was apparently because he "prejudged situations" and Ford didn't want someone like that. IMHO, it was very unfair - I might have also probably salted my soup, if I was familiar with the restaurant :-) but then, run the risk of being fired by someone like Ford!
There was also plenty of quotes from people that made me stop and think how the world has evolved and living has become more comfortable, just by the sheer brilliance of the human brain!
That book put me (back) on a higher frequency and I am all excited about reading books again. And i'd heartily recommend this as a reading for anyone, not just for use in workplace, but also for everyday situations.
Each Chapter ends with a lateral thinking puzzle to illustrate the importance of 'thinking outside the box' when trying to solve a problem creatively, and with a number of Exercises with titles like Brainstorming, Reverse the Problem and What If?
Perhaps the best examples of the personal habits to be overcome in building a lateral thinking team are the tendency to jump to conclusions, impatience to offer solutions, and reluctance to listen properly to other people's ideas.
The author successfuly shows us how to cast aside the blinkers and find the best answers to even the most intractable problems.