Lateral Thinking

Bring strategy to creativity to constructively challenge current thinking for effective outcomes. Lateral Thinking training breaks the constraints of traditional thinking.



Who Needs This ?

Lateral Thinking training is strategic in how it approaches thinking and creativity. This course is best suited to people who truly value putting in the effort necessary to get results. Lateral Thinking training fits well within an innovation programme, as participants learn to refine ideas to a point where they are ready to be handed over to the project manager or person/team responsible for implementation.

A Lateral Thinking training course teaches a systematic and deliberate process for truly innovative thinking. Strategic business development requires deep thinking and evaluation. The Lateral Thinking framework will encourage you and your people to challenge current thinking, produce new alternatives, and deliver amazing outcomes.

How Do I Book?

We deliver all our courses in-house at the time and place of your choice, throughout the world. An in-house training course is a great way for your people to learn together. Clients tell us that skills are more likely to be used post-course if a team has attended the same course. 
Call 0203 111 9292 or contact us using the button below to talk to the team about your requirements and pricing.

What You Will Learn

Dr. Edward de Bono famously developed Lateral Thinking and coined the term ‘Lateral Thinking’ in 1967. He is the guru of thinking and creativity skills. This is his globally acclaimed course.

In many ways, these tools are even more relevant today than they were when they were developed. We are so busy with quick wins, many people are losing the skill of taking time to think. We need to develop and retain the skills of thinking, creating, and evaluating outcomes. These skills increase our chances of success, however we choose to measure success. Lateral Thinking provides the variety of techniques required for comprehensive analysis of a problem or situation.

Lateral Thinking works with innovation at its heart. Unless you implement your ideas, you only have a list of ideas, creative or otherwise. Often, output from a creative thinking session goes nowhere. This can occur because little consideration is given for implementing an idea. Lateral Thinking provides a complete toolbox that doesn’t just enable true idea generation, but also encourages users to consider the challenges associated with innovation.

The primary purpose of Lateral Thinking is to challenge the status quo, throw out the rule book, and with concerted effort drive towards different and innovative outcomes. This type of thinking takes time to do well; it is not a flash in the pan, quick fix. We like the saying “If it is worth doing, it is worth doing well.” If you share the same sentiment, you will enjoy this gem of a course.

You will learn:

Alternatives: Use concepts as a breeding ground for new ideas. Look beyond the obvious alternatives.

Focus: When and how to change the focus of your thinking. You will learn the discipline of defining your focus and sticking to it.

Challenge: Break free from the limits of traditional thinking. With Challenge, we act as though the present way of doing things is not necessarily the best.

Random Entry: Use unconnected input to open up new lines of thinking.

Provocation and Movement: Generate provocative statements. Use them to build new ideas. (Covered in a 2-day course only.)

Harvesting: Capture your creative output. This is about harvesting the potential in your ideas pool. Normally, we only take note of the specific ideas which seem practical and have obvious value. This might be good for quick wins, but it rarely produces truly different outcomes.

Treatment of Ideas: How to develop ideas and shape them.

Course requirements

There are no requirements for your Lateral Thinking training. Your facilitator will ask you if you have any specific topics you would like to work on. Participants tell us that the learning is richer when working on subjects they can relate to. You might want to think about this before the day of your course.

Every participant attending Lateral Thinking training receives a workbook full of tips and templates for easy study. Key learning points are summarised in each section. Every participant will also receive post-course email tips to support them on the job. A fully de Bono Certified Trainer will host your course.

Six Thinking Hats®. Lateral Thinking. These are copyright and trademarks registered to Edward de Bono Ltd.

If you haven’t heard of Edward de Bono or of Lateral Thinking, perhaps you have been too busy thinking in conventional ways.

More Details

Our Unique Guarantee

  • If you are not satisfied with your training 3 months post-training, we will re-train your delegates for free
  • If after 6 months you are still not satisfied, we will refund the original training course fees
  • This has never happened, making us completely confident of your satisfaction


  • Training courses which deliver relevant learning outcomes
  • A safe learning environment
  • Interactive, engaging and memorable course content
  • Trainers who support you both during- and post-course as you put your new skills into action


  • A single point of contact to arrange all the fine details of your workshop
  • Copyrighted training materials
  • Carefully selected trainers whose commitment to your learning matches ours
  • Excellent training venues in prime locations
Duration 1 Day
Participants Maximum 20
Prerequisites None
Trainer Certification Available? Yes
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