Lateral thinking lessons

Welcome to Michael Muxworthy’s FREE lateral thinking lessons incorporating creativity, personal development, and effective management skills training.

20 minutes maximum per day for two weeks will change your life.

The MOST powerful range of skills I can bring within your reach is a combination of creative and lateral thinking techniques that you will easily and effectively put into practice every single day. These lateral thinking lessons are embedded with techniques proven to create neural pathways, (patterns of behavior), of good habits and effective recall.

Learn this lateral thinking course

“Life is too short to waste being unproductive. Change your focus towards fun, happiness, success and prosperity, not only in your own life, but also in the lives of those you care about” – Susan Dunn (Successfully completed the course in two weeks while also imparting the skills to her two sons aged 11 and 14)


Lateral thinking is a process of using learned techniques to facilitate creative original thinking. Creativity in your thinking process doesn’t come naturally. It is a skill that can be acquired. Skills acquired in this course will bring happiness, productivity, and success. The lessons contained here are for all ages, all professions, and apply equally to work, school or home.


My name is Michael Muxworthy, and I’ll always be close at hand to assist you through these lateral thinking lessons. The lessons are absolutely free. I will never ask you for money, and there is never anything to buy. My purpose, my only purpose, is to promote the benefits of lateral thinking in the hope that you pursue your interest to a point of reading my lateral thinking derived series of novels soon to be published.

You’ll note that many of the skills included are usually considered to be of a “Senior Management” domain. Well, I’m here to tell you that these skills are for everyone. It’s NEVER too early to harness these powerful life skills. I personally have successfully interacted with children as young as nine with ALL the lessons contained here. There is no minimum age really, this course is perfect for adults and children of all ages. Teachers, trainers, and managers will appreciate the value these lessons can add to your classes and meetings.

At the bottom of each Lateral Thinking Lessons page is the opportunity to comment. If you need help, advice, additional input or whatever, please leave a comment and I will respond to your inquiry within 48 hours. If you need something more substantial, please use the contact page to open communications.

Please “Share” and “Like” these pages to your social media. My hope is to further the cause of creative lateral thinking.

Michael John Muxworthy

Enjoy, learn and grow.

Lateral thinking lessons content:

Lateral thinking lessons ONE – Blinkered Thinking

Blinkered thinking

A simple puzzle that demonstrates how our experiences and learning over a lifetime can “blinker” our thinking.

Why can’t you solve this simple puzzle?

Lateral thinking lessons TWO – Random Starting Points

Randomly chosen starting points are an easy and effective tool to break the shackles of your “blinkered” thinking. Learn how from these practical examples.

Lateral thinking lessons THREE – How creativity works

Creative thinking involves the DELIBERATE combining of ideas and things not previously considered. See how creative combinations work.

Lateral thinking lessons Four – Alternative perspectives

Successful outcomes can often be improved with this simple lateral thinking technique. Discover hidden alternatives with this creative tool.

Lateral thinking lessons Five – Entrepreneurial creativity

Rise above and avoid becoming a “cog in the machinery” with this lateral thinking advice for the entrepreneurial spirit. Lift yourself above the day-to-day perspective.

Lateral thinking lessons Six – Challenge existing concepts

This is a lateral thinking skill we had as children, but somehow it gets buried as we get older. Learn again to ask the question “why”.

Lateral thinking lessons Seven – Escape dominant thinking

Should you challenge something that works well? It’s all too easy to fall into a comfort zone with things that “ain’t broken”. If you yearn to grow and improve, this lateral thinking strategy is awesome. Learn how to build on existing success.

Lateral thinking lessons Eight – Backwards planning

This creative lateral thinking strategy involves deciding what you want and then creating a path to get there. Learn this creative planning technique here.

Lateral thinking lessons Nine – Goal setting

This creative goal strategy is ONLY for the passionate amongst us. If you are passionate about achieving something, this creative process is guaranteed to your goals within reach. Are you ready to be successful?

Lateral thinking lessons Ten – Creative speaking

Be able to speak confidently, and expertly, on any subject, at any time, with this simple creative technique. Never be lost for words that people love to hear.

Lateral thinking lessons Eleven – Creative combinations

This extremely practical creative lateral thinking technique will make you super productive and effective. Click here to learn the power of combining.

Lateral thinking lessons Twelve – Problem-solving

This simple and creative four-step procedure is the making of a leader. Don’t live with problems, show ledership and resolve all your problems easily. Start solving your problems now.

Lateral thinking lessons Thirteen – Time management

Have you ever noticed that when you try to plan your time, it rarely works? Don’t. This powerful technique will allow you to efficiently and productively manage your time WITHOUT having to make unnecessary plans. Start making better use of your time.

Lateral thinking lessons Fourteen – Memory pegs

Never write down a shopping list again. Go to meetings and “listen”, and not need to take notes. Learn this powerful memory skill which triggers your recall as you choose.

These free lateral thinking lessons more powerful than anything else in the lateral thinking, creative thought, or creative management learning marketplace today. Why?

  1. A focus on simplicity, effectiveness, and habit;
  2. You can share/interact with all ages, all levels of education;
  3. Unlimited free support from the author;
  4. A truly broad and diverse mix of skills; and
  5. It’s absolutely free!

In 28 years of development of my various personal, management, creative and lateral thinking skills, I’ve become familiar with an enormous array of the various techniques and tools on offer. However, despite this vast library of knowledge, I find myself constantly drawing upon the same few skills over and over again. Why? Because simplicity is power!

I sincerely hope you enjoy, learn and grow,

Michael JohnMuxworthy

Disruptive Author

Lateral Thinking Investigations

. . . of the Third Kind

Additional pages to assist your journey to lateral thinking creativity excellence:

Lateral Thinking Puzzles

These lateral thinking puzzles are an excellent stimulus before you begin each lesson. Your reasoning is shackled by your experiences and learning. Try your hand at this highly creative mix of puzzles.

Lateral Thinking Exercises

It’s one thing to do the lateral thinking lesson, it’s another to actually successfully implement the new skill or technique you learn. Before moving on to the next lesson, take up the lateral thinking challenge of these well-conceived exercises designed to perfectly compliment your lesson. Click here to view the lateral thinking exercises.

Classic Lateral Thinking Examples

To understand the purpose of my lateral thinking lessons, take a look at these classic examples of creativity in action. Click here for the best examples of lateral thinking anywhere.

What Is Lateral Thinking?

Most definitions of lateral thinking are narrow and limit their description to the problem-solving attributes of this remarkable discipline. My definition of lateral thinking goes further to describe the creative opportunity this skill offers. Click here for a truly broad and all-encompassing definition of lateral thinking.

Lateral Thinking and Creativity Quotes

To appreciate the awesome creativity of the mind that can be learned, I’ve assembled some of the finest lateral thinking quotes available anywhere. Click here to appreciate the creativity of great lateral thinkers.

Lateral Thinking Applied

If you would like to see my efforts at using lateral thinking skills to disrupt traditional thinking, take a look at this page about my upcoming book. Click here to preview some of the theory in Muxy’s new book.

These lateral thinking lessons are suitable for children. Teachers/educators wanting to use this material can contact me for downloads that assist their students. There is no charge at all.

Please also look at the lateral thinking puzzles, examples, exercises, and definitions that appear in the menu.

Disruptive Lateral Thinking Author

Michael John Muxworthy

The application of lateral thinking skills to the alien question forms the basis of an exciting new series of novels – The Lateral thinking investigations . . . of the third kind series.

This is fiction. You will believe is the first novel of the series.

The writing of This is fiction. You will believe is nearing completion.

Lateral thinking lessons and creative management skills from Michael John Muxworthy are more powerful, and go further, and faster, than anything else in the marketplace. The very best and most effective lateral thinking skills and techniques available are skillfully merged with creative thinking, enlightened management, and personal development practices.

As a whole, these lessons offer an incredible leap forward in your potential to create, resolve, grow and be happy. The ultimate personal development skills offered anywhere are yours for free to celebrate the soon to be released opening novel of the “Lateral thinking investigations . . . of the third kind” series, This is fiction. You will believe.

With nearly 30 years of personal and management training experience, I have cut through the jargon, removed the padding, and delivered a hard-hitting, intense interactive workshop that does what no other course can match, it builds neural pathways of habit that can’t possibly be achieved in less intense and focused teaching. Lateral thinking, creative thinking, personal development and highly effective managerial techniques all skillfully interwoven to create the most powerful training course anywhere.

Enjoy, learn and grow.

Michael John Muxworthy

Disruptive Lateral Thinking Author

Lateral Thinking Investigations . . . of the Third Kind

School teachers and students!

This training is perfect for all ages. There are puzzles, examples, exercises, quotes, and definitions to help you along your journey.

Learning lateral thinking skills is fun!

If you are still reading this far down the page, please stop. The ONLY reason this copy exists is for the benefit of the engines that search the internet. This webpage content is not meant to be read by potential lateral thinking students. If you insist on continuing to read this distraction from the lateral thinking techniques and skills on offer in my lessons, let me tell you a little something about the process of gaining prominence on the net, and in particular, how that process applies to the subject of lateral thinking, lateral thinking lessons, and lateral thinking techniques.

The biggest problem in gaining prominence for a site such as this is the complete dominance on the subject of lateral thinking by its originator, Edward de Bono. Mister de Bono has several websites that mostly dominate anything you search with lateral thinking within the copy. Following close behind that are a series of trainers and businesses that are endorsed of linked to Edward de Bono’s sites somehow. Trying to get lateral thinking lessons elevated to the first page of any search is a very difficult task.

As the various pages of the Michael Muxworthy author website come to fruition, you will notice that I am constantly relating each page to the broader lateral thinking subject, but that each page has a specific lateral thinking “sub” subject. The words I am attempting to highlight here were lateral thinking lessons and to a lesser extent lateral thinking techniques.

Have you ever noticed how much some websites “waffle” on and on about the Lateral thinking lesson subject without really saying anything about the creative lateral thinking techniques you have come looking to learn about? The reason for this is that they aren’t actually interested in giving you any sort of lateral thinking training at this point, they are merely putting on a show meant for things that aren’t human. What I’m talking about if your creativity isn’t functioning at the moment is the programs that crawl your website to determine your position on searches.

My lateral thinking lessons introduction page was initially very long-winded, repetitive in the use of terms like lateral thinking techniques. I spaced these phrases out so as to not attract the ire of the mechanisms that make decisions, so I write stuff like this and then lateral thinking lesson just pops up out of the blue. Ahhhh, I can feel the surge as my ranking goes up as I write this drivel laced with lures for unsuspecting algorithms that have less intelligence than me. Whilst my lateral thinking lesson copy is still long, at least the bulk of it is now well out of offending view.

Recently, that is the day before I wrote this copy specifically designed to lift my profile on the internet, I shortened my Introduction down to a third of its lateral thinking size. Today, I checked my ranking on the phrase of lateral thinking lessons and I have disappeared from page one, I don’t even appear in page two, three, four and I just caught the end of page five.

How lateral thinking lessons crazy is that?

Realizing my mistake, but not wishing to inflict my poor students with endless and meaningless words of lateral thinking lessons and lateral thinking techniques copy, I decided to try adding these wise words after a point you should have left to boldly lateral think where no technique has been before. However, if you haven’t clicked through to the first lateral thinking lesson, Blinkered Thinking, and you are reading this, I’m embarrassed. You have caught me out bowing to the insurmountable pressure not driven by lateral thinking techniques but purely motivated by my ego’s demand that I appear up front where I belong.

Did you notice the link to the first lateral thinking lesson blinkered thinking? It is not a lateral thinking technique, merely a deceptive ploy to feign relevance to mindless bots that trawl my pages. Please go away if you are still reading this as my lateral thinking creativity is NOT on display here. I cannot tell you how miserable I find the thought process required behind this mindless task. Please go away and do one of my lateral thinking lessons and pick up on the techniques on offer. The techniques you will learn from my lateral thinking course might make you rich and then you can pay one of your own creative thinking students to do this material on your websites.

My lateral thinking skills are really working hard here, I think I’ll finish with a bang and put some ghastly accurate but highly published, long-winded definition, one that includes the name of the founder of later thinking for good measure, Edward de Bono.

For those of you who don’t know, Edward de Bono is rife throughout everything on the topic of lateral thinking. The bots love him. Having seen many attend Edward de Bono’s lectures yet walk away with nothing, you might begin to understand why I have decided to create my own “introductory” creative and lateral thinking lessons and lateral thinking course. If anything, I believe it will substantially prepare you better for engaging in more advanced and complex training.

I wonder if this will improve my lateral thinking rankings?

Definition – Lateral thinking is the process of solving problems through indirect and creative approaches, with the use of reasoning that is not immediately obvious, and involving ideas that may not be obtainable by using only traditional step-by-step logic. This amazing discipline was first mooted in 1967 by Edward de Bono. His cited example was the Judgement of Solomon, where King Solomon resolves a dispute over the parentage of a child by calling for the child to be cut in half and making his judgment according to the reactions from the prospective parents. Edward de Bono maintains that lateral thinking distances itself from the standard perception of creativity as “vertical” logic (the common method for problem-solving).

These free lateral thinking lessons are brought to you by Michael John Muxworthy – Disruptive lateral thinking author.

Lateral thinking investigations . . . of the third kind.

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