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3 Ways to Think Outside the Box More Often

Draw a Picture as a Team

However bad it looks, draw a picture of your challenge and possible ways to solve it. Drawing engages your right brain and can release the hold your logical left brain has on thinking about the issue or "the box" the same way.

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3 Ways to Think Outside the Box More Often

3 Ways to Think Outside the Box More Often

https://www.inc.com/jim-haudan/3-ways-to-make-thinking-outside-box-less-rare.html

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Draw a Picture as a Team

However bad it looks, draw a picture of your challenge and possible ways to solve it. Drawing engages your right brain and can release the hold your logical left brain has on thinking about the issue or "the box" the same way.

Widen Your Perspective

Breakthrough thinking and creativity often come from making unusual connections.

Oscillate between seemingly unrelated topics, concepts, or issues to find the connection that makes an idea to move "outside the box. " Don't discount anything as unrelated or unconnected.

Question The Status Quo Regularly

Challenge conventional wisdom and make nonconformity the expected conversation. Ask "Why? " "How might we. .. ?" and "What if. .. ?" to come up with new ideas.

Ask your team to imagine they are the competitors and to plan an attack on your vulnerable spots. This challenges the strategic status quo and identifies new issues from a different perspective.

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Stay Adaptable

Careers and markets change over time, and you’ll need to be able to change in kind to remain relevant.

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Gain Flexibility

If you view things as unchangeable, then nothing can change for the better. By thinking outside the box and questioning the status quo, you’ll constantly be considering how you could improve something.

Greater Perspective

Thinking outside the box can expand your worldview, allowing you to have a greater perspective on the events in your life. When you’re willing to consider alternative ways and points of view, you can find more potential solutions.

A greater perspective can make you more receptive to different ideas, which means that you won’t be limited by a small worldview. 

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The Brain And The “Box”

As we age, our brains become increasingly more ingrained into familiar patterns and routines.

Our acquired patterns and routines virtually confine us to our thinking to "the box", or m...

Stimulating Outside The Box Thinking
  • Create new questions or approaches.
  • Invite different groups.
  • Conduct a different type of meeting to break through the “group think”.
  • Change the venue, add music and invite different and fresh perspectives.
  • Find ways of tapping into the right brain of the participants.
Resentments Build

Timeliness is crucial for workplace apologies. Tensions can easily escalate to the point of making work unbearable for one or more partie...

Consider Legal Entanglements

In some situations, an apology can equate to an admission of guilt. If there are any concerns about the repercussions of an apology, you may want to consult with your legal department before making it.

However, if you messed up and the results are catastrophic, it's important to own the mistake and accept the consequences. If you try and shift the blame, someone else might pay, and others may lose respect for you. 

Don't Assume Fault that Isn't Yours

If you are wrongly blamed for a mistake, make your case and speak up for yourself. 

You may be tempted to cover for others, and while helping someone else out of a tough spot may seem noble, this could eventually evolve into someone using you as a doormat, or escaping responsibility for repeated mistakes.

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