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Leading Outside the Box
September 2, 2020
The creative adult is the child who survived.
-Ursula Leguin

“Managers who are willing to think outside the box and deviate from popular opinion can sometimes get a bad rap. However, these innovative thinkers are able to react flexibly and creatively to difficult situations and problems in their team, effectively turning failures into success stories.” So begins an online article on experteer.com

The article describes how "out-of-the-box thinkers" differ from other managers: “Creative thinkers are able to easily find answers to unsolved questions. They weigh up the facts and are not afraid to try new approaches. This type of team leader can find the solution to a technical, scientific or social problem by going against the grain and questioning the typical way that things have been done in the past.”

The article describes “traits that are typical of a creative thinker”: 

1. Courage
A great deal of courage is needed to go against popular opinion. It also requires a large amount of reflection and looking at the issue from different angles. Managers should take into account the views of the majority and carefully weigh up their arguments.

2. Steadfastness
It takes a lot of time and work to convince a large group to try new things. True creative thinkers do not give up in the face of opposition…They stick to their opinions even in the face of criticism.”

Source: “Why Managers Benefit From Thinking Outside-the-Box,” experteer.com, March 7, 2017

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frank Scala · September 02, 2020
Union Institute & University
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

In my teacher prep class I use a book by Jonathan Mooney titled Learning Outside the Lines. The title of this article about thinking outside the box made me ponder about the differences between thinking and learning. Can we do one without the other? It also seems so cliché when we use this term just like using thinking outside the envelope. What do these terms really mean for the person engaged in the activity. For some it would be like training an elephant to c
An interesting perspective either way you view it.
My second knee jerk reaction is that there's a toolkit to learn about Thinking Outside the Box. My feeling is that this is an inclination that cannot be taught.
Don't waste your money on toolkits.

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