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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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Stay Adaptable

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

Thinking outside the box will help you stay adaptable. Your mind won’t be closed ...

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. 

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.
Start With A Casual Conversation

You’re trying to make the relationship better, so don’t jump to conclusions, be petty or accusatory. State what you’re experiencing in a non-threatening way and follow it wit...

Ask For A Private Discussion

Instead of avoiding the person, seek to address the issue head-on because, if left unaddressed, it’s only likely to get worse. 

Ask for a private discussion with the other person to express what you’re experiencing as pleasantly and agreeably as possible to avoid damaging the relationship further.

Always Be Direct

All people deserve to be treated professionally and with dignity. Remembering that being direct is not in contradiction with professionalism is imperative. Be direct, brave and respectful.