If you focus exclusively on problem-solving, you're bound to miss opportunities to improve and innovate, writes Edward de Bono. Problem-oriented thinking stops when a satisfactory solution is found, but it's often possible to go further and find options that are more than merely satisfactory. "There are often more answers than just one," de Bono writes. "So we need to develop the habit of continuing to think about the matter even when we have an adequate answer."

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