Innovative Thinking – Cut The Cake – Blog 055

Cut The Cake


Here’s another activity.  There is only one rule.

Make only three cuts and divide the cake into eight pieces.

That’s it.  Take as long as you like and remember to not let convention and conditioning affect your ability to solve this problem.

The answer is below.

I know you tried every way you could to solve this, but I bet you never thought about cutting the cake across the middle.  Why?  Because you never cut a cake across the middle or have ever seen anyone else do it.


Innovation is about seeing things differently than everyone else, different than the way you are comfortable seeing them.


Here’s another quick activity.  Get your pad and pen and write down a few answers.


Question: If people could not see any colors, how would traffic lights be different? Write down some design ideas for a traffic light that does not rely on colors.


The first answer is easier than you could imagine.  Hint:  Look up what the 2.7 million people who are color blind do…


“It is the function of creative man to perceive and to connect the seemingly unconnected.“

–William Plommer


Lon Safko
Serial Innovator, Keynote Speaker, Trainer, Innovative Thinking


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