Lawrence, COO of Nest visited AIA to give a session on Strategy. He touched upon the importance of lateral thinking and demonstrated it by giving one of his favorite brain puzzles. Test your ability to think laterally but seeing if you can come up with a solution to the story below:
A long time ago, when one could still be thrown in jail for debt, a poor farmer found himself in the unfortunate circumstance of owing a merchant a great sum of money. The farmer had a beautiful daughter and the merchant offered to wipe the debt clean if he were given her hand in marriage.
Sensing the farmer’s reluctance, the merchant added “How about we let fate decide? I will put one black stone and one white stone into a bag. Your daughter will then draw a stone randomly. If she draws a black stone, then she will be wedded to me. If she draws a white stone, then I will relieve your debt and you may keep your daughter.” Unable to surmise a better solution the farmer acquiesced.
In the afternoon, the merchant, the farmer and the farmer’s daughter went down to the riverbank, where the path was littered with black and white stones. The merchant reached down and the farmer’s daughter saw him pick up two black stones and put them in to a bag. The merchant then turned to her and asked her to draw one.
Imagine you are the farmer’s daughter. What would you do in this situation?
Look for the answer in next week’s post!