Lateral Thinking Certificate-Advanced (LTC-A) – Lesson #02 – The Solution …

The last lesson was about The Problem, the deficit in Human Thinking. Today’s lesson begins to look at – The Solution – which I have called, ‘software for your brain’. Click to watch the 15-min tutorial …

— This 15-min session was edited from Dr Michael Hewitt-Gleeson’s televised address with Zondwa Mandela (grandson of Nelson) to the Arab and African Youth Platform in Aswan, Egypt on 17 March, 2019.

The DFQ #02 (Daily Feedback Question) – ‘Leave your thought’ below and answer this question: What idea have you taken from this lesson that you can actually try to use today?

Tomorrow’s Lesson #03 – The Intelligence Trap.

LEAVE YOUR THOUGHT: Those who complete all ten DFQs in this training will get a personalised Lateral Thinking Certificate from the School of Thinking. After you’ve watched and thought about the tutorial session reply with your own answer to the DFQ. In our training for each lesson we have a DFQ – Daily Feedback Question. Usually reply with your own thoughtful answer to the question in around 25 words or so. There’s no ‘right’ answer. It’s meant to be a personal comment. Just leave your thought. You can also read the comments of the others. All the answers will be shared around.

142 thoughts on “Lateral Thinking Certificate-Advanced (LTC-A) – Lesson #02 – The Solution …

  1. The conscious stopping to acknowledge that you are coming from your own CVS, to then continue to see multiple CVS to build a BVS. Doing this as often as possible through the day so it becomes a practiced method.

  2. Multidisciplinary teams are critical to breaking out of CVS. Here we can experience multiple VS to achieve BVS.

  3. I often think about problems from another’s point of view, but had never considered the CVS throughout the day. Thinking CVS to BVS across a range of situations will certainly assist with innovation across life in general.

  4. Interesting to hear that for the CVS to BVS shift, you don’t need to do all the lateral thinking work yourself (as in trying to make theoretical links between completely unrelated things (x Po y), but can examine multiple CVSs from different people to search for a better VS. Maybe never before in history have so many different VSs come together, due to global communication and migration. I also liked the discussion of mistakes that were disappointing at the time and experiments that didn’t give the expected result, but still led to learning for the future (like Louis Pasteur’s moldy agar plate). Probably the most important idea I would take from this lesson is to have the humility to not assume that my view of a work-related situation is the best one.

  5. When you think from CVS to BVS, it naturally draws you out from the box and turns the focus into the future which motivate you to change and do better.

  6. Consciously stopping, acknowledging the CVS and using the x10 as a prompt to motivate the exploration of BVS in all aspects of daily life.

  7. The idea that failures are just as valuable as successes coming from a science background is common for moving forward. However, it is interesting to note that when reporting findings or presenting data the failures are often excluded. Changing your CVS to BVS encompassing failures will inevitably lead to more successes and reduced failures. We should all try to escape from the box.

  8. As said there will not always be a BVS but it gives us the motivation to always try to find one and change our or others approach.

  9. People often say if you can not change the situation you are facing, change yourself and CVS to BVS might help you to do that.

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