This is something I have been told often. Usually during year-end appraisals :) I am sure many of you have been there as well.
Well, how about thinking inside the box?
Thinking outside the ‘box’ assumes we know what or where the box is. Do we? Can you define the boundaries of the box you are trying to step out of? Usually not.
Thinking outside the box was and remains a catchphrase to encourage people to think wider and further. However, like all management ideas, this has been overused and abused. One clear casualty of this abuse is people being branded as in and out of the box thinkers.
Truth is, that most business/work problems don’t need radical out of the box solutions. A good enough solution executed well is enough for a better outcome. If everyone is creative all the time the world will be a mad place to live in if it already wasn’t.
Here is a link to my viral LinkedIn
post on this topic. Hoping you like it.