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Think differently

Recognise and change the nature of your own thinking.


Become better at generating and exploring possibilities, not just accepting or defending what already exists.

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  • Via training partner

    Valid for one year
    • 1 year of access to the Lateral Thinking Course and tools
    • Expert teaching, coaching and facilitation from a trainer
    • Templates to structure and record your thoughts
  • Free trial

    Valid for one week
    • Create one thought via the My Thoughts process
    • Use Random Word for quick idea generation
    • Solve 4 challenges to improve your perception skills

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Valid for one week


Create one thought via the My Thought process

Use Random Word for quick idea generation.

Solve 4 challenges to improve your perception skills

Lateral Thinking Course

and My Thoughts

You or your organisation purchase access from one of our training partners.

Expert teaching and facilitation from a trainer.

Use all the Lateral Thinking tools on an unlimited number of topics.

Solve 14 challenges

This service includes


  • A course on Lateral Thinking, with a live trainer, designed to help you generate alternatives.

  • An application "My Thoughts" that structures how you apply Lateral Thinking to topics that you want to think about. It records your thoughts so you can refer to them later and develop them further.

    • Become more aware about where you focus your attention

    • Use the Random Word technique for quick idea generation.

    • Use Provocation and Movement for a radical shift in thinking.

    • Use Alternatives to identify concepts and breed ideas.

    • Use Challenge to go beyond satisfactory ideas.

    • Improve the yield of your thinking with Harvesting and Treatment.

  • Fourteen Lateral Thinking Challenges for you to solve and reflect on how you think.

The course is available from our training providers, all provide corporate training and some also provide public courses. The trainers will provide instruction and facilitation to ensure you learn and apply the techniques effectively. One year of access to My Thoughts and all of the Challenges are included with the course.

You can also take a one week free trial to try My Thoughts on one idea and assess your lateral thinking skill on four challenges.

"An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea."
Frequently asked questions

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What is included in the Lateral Thinking Course and My Thoughts?

You will be taught by an experienced trainer, provided by one of our training partners.

You will learn about Lateral Thinking and how it differs from logic, the different lateral thinking techniques for generating new ideas and how to apply these techniques effectively.

The course is  available in two formats, an interactive course and an eBook of the printed course. The interactive course also includes

  • a video of Dr. de Bono explaining the principles

  • Interactive practice excercises; your computer will record your answers and prompt you

  • Printable templates for offline use

The full course includes all the Lateral Thinking techniques or you can opt for a customised short course.

The opportunity to assess your Lateral Thinking skill on fourteen challenges and receive a rating on your skill. Learn from hints and explanations of the solutions. Keep notes on what you learn from the challenges. Here is a summary of what you will learn and the benefits of taking these challenges.

Use "My Thoughts", the structured idea development service to apply Lateral Thinking techniques to  topics of your choice. Generate alternative starting points for your thinking. Change the boundaries of your thinking. Use Provocation and Movement to create new concepts. Use Random Word to shift perception. Harvest your ideas and record your conclusions. Watch the "How it works" video to learn more about this structured approach to idea generation and development.

How long does access last and what are the conditions of use?

Each login is for a single user only. Please do not share logins or copy content to share with others.

The one time Free Trial is for one week. 


If you purchase access via one of our training partners, then this will last for one year. The commercial terms are as per your agreement with them, all other Terms and Conditions of this website apply.

You may export your "My Thoughts" notes via the "Email me this" feature on the My Thoughts page. All notes will be deleted from our systems one month after your access lapses.

How do I gain access via a training partner?

You can see a list of training partners - please visit the website of the one closest to you.

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