Don’t just think outside the box, create new ones

“Just think outside the box” a manager says to a team member.

When was the last time you had your own thought for the company, or even better yet, for yourself?

Thinking outside the box to us means taking a step back and not letting the limitations of the current influence ALL your work.

Another way to look at this is being maximally creative.

Can you step back far enough from your current activities and thoughts to really brainstorm outside the box?

Unfortunately, this can be quite hard for many people to do. We get so caught up in the assumptions and limitations of our day-to-day work that it can be very difficult to get outside this “box”. There is also a significant amount of risk in proposing “outside the box” ideas. Will they be accepted? Rejected? Laughed at?

There is a quote from Robert H Schuller that asks, “What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?”

In our opinion the risk and associated fear of failure are both functions of the “box”. As long as your ideas are tied to the current situation, even if they’re outside it, there will be this inherent stress.

Only by breaking from the limitations and assumptions of the current situation can you experience the free-flowing creativity that generates true innovation. Therefore we say:

“Don’t just think outside the box, create new boxes!”

How?

Action: Flipping Assumptions Exercise

One way to create a new box is to brainstorm as if your situation was the exact opposite.

For example:

Issue: We need more revenue
Elements of the current box: 
  1. Our organization is an academic non-profit
  2. There are many layers of bureaucracy to work through for new projects
  3. There is very little money for new-project development
Elements of the opposite box:
  1. Our organization is a for-profit corporation
  2. The structure is flat and streamlined for new projects
  3. There is a healthy project development budget
Ideas: 
  • Poll staff for new project ideas
  • Have a new project contest
  • Find new markets/applications for existing products and services

 

Now you try:

Issue:
Elements of the current box: 
Elements of the opposite box:
Ideas: 

Resource

Check out this video about product development company IDEO. They have built a robust process for facilitating creativity and flipping assumptions. In this case they are reinventing the shopping cart.

Video (20min total)

Part 1: http://youtu.be/JkHOxyafGpE

Part 2: http://youtu.be/pVZ8pmkg1do

Part 3: http://youtu.be/nyugyrCQTuw

Coming Soon

Be sure to catch our next post: “Don’t respond to email…yet”

Follow Us

Click the buttons at the right to follow Management Mentor via email and twitter

Advertisements

7 thoughts on “Don’t just think outside the box, create new ones

  1. Hello! This is kind of off topic but I need some help from an established blog.
    Is it very difficult to set up your own blog?
    I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick.
    I’m thinking about making my own but I’m not sure where
    to start. Do you have any points or suggestions? Cheers

  2. The telescopic metal antenna break simply and I had to replace two after they broke while
    being adjusted. No antenna works for all situations and absolutely
    nothing makes receiving the wrong antenna worse than the usual 15% restocking fee, or otherwise being in a
    position to return it at all. Omnidirectional hdtv antenna diy There are many
    locations in Australia and produced in Australia which means you would obtain local
    products who buy a brand new digital antenna on the favorite online retail site antenna.
    The older rooftop antennas in addition have
    undergone a significant change. You will find a few Hdtv
    antenna designs to permit outdoor reception without you the need to get for the roof.
    Hdtv antenna outdoor reviews If you’ve sworn off purchasing cable and satellite subscriptions
    and want really clear HDTV all you need to do is a little research,
    then get a Hdtv antenna. Diy hdtv antenna diagram To have the UHF and
    the VHF antennas to receive the digital TV signals make certain that the
    antenna used can receive both kinds of signals. In some cases performance is disregarded in favor of appealing
    towards the consumer’s desire for a little more appealing antenna.
    Hdtv antenna locator canada This situation may be considered a change within the antenna
    phase center resulted in a little amount of translation of the baseline.

    Antenna Coil therefore proves to become beneficial inside
    long run. Since installation of new antenna system uses a complete know-how about the sort of antenna system,
    one should choose a professional and reliable service provider.

    Best hdtv antenna indoor I am sure that your chase for Wireless Networking Antenna has arrived for an end as you study this informative article.

    The first is HDTV – high-definition video that also offers surround sound.
    When this continually happens, the little one begins to de-activate
    his or her spiritual antenna believing that what these are experiencing is of these imagination. Outdoor hdtv antenna
    diy The Wi – Fi just needed a transmitter
    plus a receiver (the present day antenna) and the web was accessible from anywhere and
    everywhere by anyone.

  3. HDTV antenna is one in the cheapest components of your HDTV system,
    nonetheless it leaves an enormous impact around the HD
    signal reception. It is amplified, in order that it does require an open AC outlet
    to plug in, though the internal signal amplifier helps it be
    a more powerful antenna. Easy diy hdtv antenna Most HDTVs, like all
    those in 1080p sets, have adequate vividness for whichever viewing circumstance you may possibly have.
    Indoor antennas that are placed next for your TV routinely have a array of about 50 miles, on the other hand performance is greatly hindered
    because they are indoors. The front-to-back ratio of your antenna is an additional factor vital that you
    consider. Simple diy hdtv antenna Due to technical changes
    and advances in HDTVs, more and more folks are looking to purchase
    antennas. Best hdtv antenna for los angeles Satellite packages and premium cable ones
    are very pricey to own, in case of the digital antennas, you get almost everything totally free.

    Noticing and writing about the blessings with your life is
    a great way to maintain antenna tuned to the
    positive. Terk amplified outdoor hdtv antenna manual Television antennas are built to enhance the
    reception of television; providing optimal quality picture and maximum
    level of channels.

    Check out this short article if you’re wondering how HDTV
    differs from traditional televisions or want to know how HDTV works.
    The digital TV antenna plays an important role to the reception with the digital TV broadcasts and multicasts.
    Good outdoor hdtv antenna If everything else fails as well as the antenna is great and new, then consider getting hold of the
    signal booster for this should greatly improve the reception. Noticing and currently talking about the blessings within your life is a good way to
    keep your antenna tuned to the positive. The closer for the
    ground an outdoor antenna is installed as interference with broadcast signals that occur.

    Outdoor hdtv antenna canada Carry out high-precision measurement when you use
    of different types of antennas, must consider corrections using the change of
    antenna phase center.

  4. 金を出して友人役を雇う奴らが大量にいるのに しばらくいじってやるとしか思わない。
    やっぱ甘かったかと1ヶ月たって気が付いたところです。 合理的理由は考えつきませんけれど、違うのでしょうか? 結婚祝い カタログギフト

    北海道内だと1万からせいぜい高くても1万5000までの会費制ばっかりだよ タバコ吸う人は気づいてないけど、吐く息にニコチンが含まれていて youtube
    結婚できない男
    何があっても自分らが正しいとなって話し合いに全くならなかったし。
    遠距離。不安寂しくさせない愛情努力の出来る方とステキな恋したいな♪

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s