Vertical Versus Horizontal Thinking - Where are you?

Vertical Versus Horizontal Thinking  - Where are you?

There are two kinds of thinking -- vertical and horizontal. The horizontal thinker relates to cold, hard facts. He accepts the world as it appears and believes only what can be perceive through his five senses. This person is limited by his unwillingness to examine broader possibilities or think outside the box.

On the other hand, the vertical thinker cuts through outer appearances to go to the core of the problem or situation. He doesn't accept limitation because he knows that where there is a will there is a way. He refuses to be a victim of circumstances. Instead, he is his own master.

Vertical thinking is possibility thinking. It pushes back boundaries. Vertical thinkers consider how to use or direct a situation to get what they want? It requires looking for options, alternatives, and solutions. It uses the facts by going beyond them. Vertical thinking produces creativity, flexibility, and new solutions.

An example of vertical thinking was the factory in New England who had a terrible employee turnover problem. In a brainstorming session set up to find a solution, a tired executive blurted, “Let’s just cut off the legs of the employees so they can’t leave.” This blunt, outrageous idea gave birth to the solution they needed, which was to hire disabled people.

All successful people are vertical thinkers. They focus on solutions and possibilities, not problems. They remain open and move forward in expanded new ways.

When Microsoft was having fiscal problems, Steve Jobs devised colorful new computers and many were sold and it lifted their revenues. It was an out-of-the-box solution and it worked.

What problems have kept you trapped? Have you limited yourself by buying into appearances and the way it has always been done? Perhaps it is time to consider a another way; to look for other possibilities, and to try something new.

The adage is: If there is a problem, there is also a solution for that problem. Is it time to brainstorm?

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” Mary Lou Cook

Jean Walters is a best selling author, psychic, teacher and personal growth coach.  Reach her when you are ready to grow at or 314 991 8439 / 314 566 5231 

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