Here is an interesting one – how do you think out of the box? More importantly, how do managers and business owners get their people to think out of the box?
Whether you are in marketing, sales, or operations; the ability to think out of the box is very important, right? Wrong.
Our entire education has been geared towards putting us INTO a box. We are taught the Laws of Physics, we are taught the Rules of Grammer and we are taught there is only one right answer – the one that scores the marks during an examination.
When you first start working, you are taught to toe the line, that your boss is always right; my way or the highway…
Suddenly, you are asked to think out of the box. Sure, you can do it, just tell me… which box?
That is the irony of it all. Bosses want employees who can toe the line, be team players, not rock the boat; then, when the going gets tough, you suddenly want these self-same people to think out of the box?
“Yes, Sir! Certainly Sir! What box might that be sir!?”
Creativity, initiative and so on is not a one-time exercise. It has to be part of the work culture, part of the value system. Nurture is important.
If you want your people to think out of the box, the easiest way to achieve this is as follows:
Don’t create the box in the first place.