is any Need of 'Thinking Outside The Box'?
We often hear about
“THINK OUT OF THE BOX”, what does this mean. Experts say, when
we are inside the box, we close the doors of our minds to the changes
and innovativeness take place around us or we do not believe
in such changes or we are not capable of coping with such changes.
We still think in
the same way as we thought years ago, our views are traditional
and old, still we think we are right – we are killing others’ innovativeness
and creativeness brutally; we are not open to the new ideas, we
are not ready to change, we are not optimistic, we are enslaved
by our age old beliefs, even that are not prevalent to the present
scenario. However, we do not
wish to change at all, but the world around us is changing fast
and it will surely take us along with it, it enforce us to change,
however we still gather our nerve to be situated in the same old
mindset – to be inside the box.
If we seek success we need to move outside the box. This
may come from the impression that we feel that the quality of solutions
or ideas are not innovative. We also feel that the contribution
of others is not helping find new and original solutions to the
challenges we face, for this we need to think outside the box. We
can not find any official definition for "out of the box"
thinking, however if we think there is a "in the box"
thinking, there is an outside box thinking.
is “Inside the Box”
inside the box means accepting the existing situation or solution,
i.e. we are not thinking about any innovative ways and means
to find a solution for the problems we are routinely facing
or we do not wish to take challenges in going for any innovativeness
that can also be useful in sorting out various problems we
are facing, however we fear to think imaginatively. For example,
a team leader says, "Whey we should take risk in finding
out a new solution for our problems, we should go with the
solution which we tried last time, why we should take risks
of failure” – No innovativeness - clearly he was in the
find it difficult to recognize the quality of an idea. In fact,
they can be quite arrogant when it comes to valuing an idea. They
rarely invest time to turn a mediocre solution into a great solution.
More importantly, in-the-box thinkers are skillful at killing ideas.
They are masters of the creativity killer attitude such as "that'll
never work" or "it's too risky." The best in-the-box
thinkers are unaware that they drain the enthusiasm and spool the
passion of innovative thinkers, while they kill their innovative
They also believe that every problem needs only one solution; therefore,
finding more than one possible solution is a waste of time. They
often say, "There is no time for creative solutions. We
just need THE SOLUTION." Even great creative people can
become in-the-box thinkers when they stop trying. Apathy and indifference
can turn an innovator into an in-the-box thinker. In only one case
is in-the-box thinking necessary.
is “Outside the Box” :
the box requires different attributes that include:
to take new perspectives to day-to-day scenario.
· Determination to find out various solutions to sort out
· Optimistic: One should be optimistic to go for new.
· Openness to do different things and to do things differently.
· Focusing on the value of finding new ideas and acting on
· Striving to create value in new ways.
· Listening to others.
· Believing in self and own team members
· Supporting and respecting others when they come up with
· Innovative and Creative: If we want to initiate innovative
ideas to get accepted and we should be creative, we should think
out of the box.
Out-of-the box thinking requires openness to new ways of
seeing the world and a willingness to explore. Out-of-the box thinkers
know that new ideas need nurturing and support. They also know that
having an idea is good but acting on it is more important. Results
are what count.
Writer: Satish Nair [email protected]