I was cleaning out some files the other day and came across a brain twister. I suspect the puzzle came from the Edward de Bono lateral thinking seminar I attended some 30 years ago. It must have made an impact on me because not only did I save it, I also used it as a warm-up exercise at a couple of out-of-the box, new product brainstorm sessions. The best way to approach any brain twister is to free the mind and allow it to function “laterally” rather than vertically or logically. And by the way, the more people devoted to the task, the faster the solution. What does that tell you?
I’ll help you get you started, by giving the answer to the first of the 9 twisters below. It can be found at the bottom of the page.
YOU U ME
If you were successful in solving most of these twisters, you know how to think laterally. In the future, when you face a difficult challenge, seek help from the right side of your brain. Then call upon logic to assess the implications of that creative solution.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. (Answer to the first twister is just between you and me. All the answers will be in next week’s blog)