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Everyone Tells You To Think Outside The Box. Here's How To Actually Do It

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 more precisely, to a more left-hemisphere dominant style of handling information. But learning to tap into the more creative right hemisphere of the brain can generate new insights, enabling you to think in a unique manner about both the problems and opportunities. 

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Everyone Tells You To Think Outside The Box. Here's How To Actually Do It

Everyone Tells You To Think Outside The Box. Here's How To Actually Do It

https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2018/02/16/everyone-tells-you-to-think-outside-the-box-heres-how-to-actually-do-it/

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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 more precisely, to a more left-hemisphere dominant style of handling information. But learning to tap into the more creative right hemisphere of the brain can generate new insights, enabling you to think in a unique manner about both the problems and opportunities. 

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.

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Greater Perspective

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