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What Does "Out of the Box Thinking" Really Mean?

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What Does "Out of the Box Thinking" Really Mean?
It's such a cliche -- "I need someone who thinks out of the box." You hear it all the time. What does it mean? What's out of the box thinking anyway, and what's so great about it? Let's think about the box, first, and then let's figure out how and whether to climb out of it.

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Thinking Outside The Box

Thinking Outside The Box

When people say “think outside the box”, the box is a frame, the traditional way of thinking about a problem. Going beyond this frame can lead to radically new or interesting ideas.

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Staying Inside The Box

Staying Inside The Box

Getting out of the box means sticking with the problem longer, and looking at it from various sides to go beyond the obvious answer. 

It takes effort, but the alternative is missing opportunities and perpetuating preventable inefficiencies. 

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