Lateral Thinking DeBono Model

Course Overview

Lateral thinking is the set of processes that provide a systematic way to think about results. In this method, critical thinking is lined with judging of the values and seeking shortcomings. Lateral thinking is primarily linked with “movement value” of ideas and statements. It is used to move from known idea to the creation of a new idea and it is thereafter categorized into four main categories by DeBono:

  • Idea-Generating Tools: Break free the thinking pattern from usual pathways
  • Focus Tools: Open mind for upcoming possibilities and search for novel ideas
  • Harvest Tools: Help in getting maximum ideas from the generated output
  • Treatment Tools: Ground the process of creativity by generating ideas which fit to the real world resources and constraints

Course Objectives

Lateral Thinking Training course will help the participants to:

  • Focus on creativity and lateral thinking
  • Help participants to think outside the box
  • Equip them with lateral thinking techniques that will harness their creativity
  • Recognize the situations which need creativity and brainstorming in order to get results

Course Content

Requirement for Lateral Thinking

  • Quality thinking in different areas

Basic Level Creativity

  • Cure for arrogance and search for alternatives, explorations and concepts

Judgment and Movement

  • Difference between perception and processing
  • Understand the concept of idiom, patterning systems, logic, lateral thinking and humor


  • Escape from ambiguous thoughts
  • Adopt some different strategies

Stepping Stone 

  • Take new steps
  • Learn to step ahead when it is required

Random Juxtaposition

  • Use different set of policies and strategies

Treatment of Ideas

  • Shape new ideas and remove all kinds of constraints


  • Define creative thrust
  • Create new ideas in order to generate creative thinking

Course Methodology

The training is going to be highly interactive combination of lectures, group discussions, questionnaires, individual reflections, role plays, simulations and videos

Target Audience

Lateral Thinking Training course is designed for individuals who want to gain knowledge for the process of innovation, generate new and creative ideas, solve critical problems, and devise strategy for challenging the status quo that can constrain benefits from lateral thinking. If you are facing competition and need phenomenal improvement in your work, then you need to take in lateral thinking


4 Days (08:30–14:30) with appropriate breaks for tea/refreshments and lunch

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