wacky |ˈwakē| (also whacky)
funny or amusing in a slightly odd or peculiar way
eccentric, unconventional, uncommon, abnormal, irregular, aberrant, anomalous, odd, queer, strange, peculiar, weird, bizarre, outlandish, freakish, extraordinary; idiosyncratic, quirky, nonconformist, outré; way out, offbeat, freaky, oddball, kooky.
Why do we get stuck in our ways of thinking, such that new possibilities keep eluding us? Brain RUTs! It’s as if the wagon wheels on our thinking trails just keep carving deeper and deeper ruts.
Try this to see how deep our “thinking ruts” are.
Ask people to give you a color, a type of furniture and a flower. Did you hear a lot of red or blue, chair or table and rose or daisy?
Established patterns in our brains can be a good thing. It helps us tie our shoes without thinking. It helps us attend to the whole and not have to painstakingly think about the parts. It is why we can see the forest, and not just the trees. These patterns help us. But sometimes these thinking patterns can get us stuck. They can hinder us from finding that break-through idea.
Get out of the Rut: Be Wacky!
Being WACKY can help us break out of our repetitive ways of thinking. Teams begin to see what was hiding behind their mental blinders when they take diverse, creative, and even silly perspectives. These out-of-the-ordinary perspectives can then be used to generate new paths of action.