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Feb
What Am I Not Seeing That Is Right In This? The Power Of Lateral Thinking
Attending Elliot Kay’s Paths to Power event last weekend, I took one saying back with me, amongst a huge amount of fun, learning and life changing mind set shifts!
“What am I not seeing that is right in this?” So what does this all mean?

For me, when I am in a tricky situation or feel there is no reasoning behind my thoughts and feelings, I ask this question.
I have put this question to my business ideas and obstacles and it has really helped me see that no matter what is going on, when I remove the emotion and judgement, creative ‘outside of the box’ lateral thinking can emerge.
Lateral thinking, (created by Edward de Bono1970) is the ability to think creatively, or "outside the box" as it is sometimes referred to in business, to use your inspiration and imagination to solve problems by looking at them from unexpected perspectives. Lateral thinking involves discarding the obvious, leaving behind traditional modes of thought, and throwing away preconceptions.

6 Tips to help promote your lateral thinking process:

  1. In business it is paramount to think ‘outside the box’: Try to always view your options with an open mind and heart.
  2. Allow the doubt and questions to rise. Write down the questions that emerge and ask yourself: “What am I not seeing that is right in this?”
  3. Trust your intuition and do not be afraid of doubt when asking this question. Sometimes a bad situation has a big impact on the business but you can emerge with more wisdom and a good clear solution that will benefit your business.
  4. Breakthroughs, by very definition, only occur when assumptions are broken.
  5. Go for a walk outdoors to encourage thought and ideas. Nature has a way of grounding us, which can encourage free flow of thought hence seeing the ‘woods through the trees’.
  6. Join a mastermind group: it is amazing how ‘collective intelligence’ can help you answer “ What am I not seeing that is right in this?”
“If you never change your mind, why have one?” Edward De Bono
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