The story about the clean and the dirty toilets

There are often simple solutions to most problems if you have the ability to think differently.

ToiletI recently came across this thought-provoking story on the power of lateral thinking, i.e. thinking outside the proverbial box. Russi Mody, the legendary Chairman of Tata Steel from 1984-1993, was once holding a weekly meeting with Tata Steel staff  when a worker took up a niggling issue.

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Historien om de rena och de smutsiga toaletterna

Det finns ofta enkla lösningar på de flesta problem om man har förmågan att tänka annorlunda.

ToiletJag stötte nyligen på den här tankeväckande berättelsen om kraften i lateralt tänkande, dvs tänkande utanför den proverbiala lådan. Russi Mody, den legendariska ordföranden i Tata Steel 1984-1993, höll en gång ett veckomöte med anställda då en arbetare tog upp en brännande fråga.

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Can you solve these outside-the-box riddles?

Here is another set of riddles that are designed to test your ability to think differently.

Ouside the box

Here are ten insight riddles that require a somewhat different “lateral” thinking to solve, i.e. breaking out of the normal thought barriers.

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Kan du lösa dessa utanför-lådan-gåtor?

Här är ytterligare några gåtor som testar din förmåga att tänka annorlunda.

Ouside the box

Här kommer ytterligare 10 insiktsgåtor som kräver ett lite annorlunda “lateralt” tänkande och att mentalt komma utanför de vanliga tankebegränsningarna.

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Outside the box solution: Cutting off the legs of the employees

Sometimes bizarre jokes and other unexpected and unrelated input could act as stimuli to come up with new and simple solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems.

Disabled person in the wheelchair works in the office at the computer.

The concept of lateral thinking was introduced in the 1960s by the Maltese physician and creativity educator Edward de Bono, who has written more than 50 books on thinking and creativity. The concept of lateral thinking is based on finding as many answers as possible (divergent thinking). This is done by considering as many different choices as possible, some of which may be incorrect. The thinking is provocative and the solutions should be completely unexpected.

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Utanför lådan-lösning: Hugga benen av de anställda

Ibland kan bisarra skämt eller oväntade och orelaterade intryck fungera som stimulus för att komma upp med nya och enkla lösningar på till synes olösliga problem.

Disabled person in the wheelchair works in the office at the computer.

Begreppet lateralt tänkande  introducerades på 1960-talet av den maltesiske läkaren och kreativitetsfolkbildaren Edward de Bono, som skrivit mer än 50 böcker om tänkande och kreativitet. Det laterala tänkandet bygger på att hitta så många svar som möjligt (divergent tänkande). Detta sker genom att betrakta så många olika vägval som möjligt, varav en del kan vara felaktiga. Tänkandet är provokativt och lösningarna ska vara helt oväntade.

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Design thinking

Garage

All good innovative projects are based on human needs. At the beginning of a creative project, it may therefore be helpful to interview as many people as possible to try and make them express not only their obvious needs but also their latent, indirect and unconscious needs. Already Henry Ford realized in the early days of the automotive industry that if he asked people what they wanted, they would have answered “A faster horse”.

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