Beyond the Box
Updated: Jun 10, 2019
“IF EVERYONE HAS TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX, MAYBE ITS THE BOX THAT NEEDS FIXING”
OR DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHERE THE BOX IS?
First a challenge! Try the 'box' game .... the answer is waiting. Draw 9 dots in the layout of a square 3x3. Join all dots using 4 lines only AND without taking the pen from the paper.
Being 'boxed in' brings up images of restraint, confinement, frustration, limitations. Whenever you feel these restraints or limitations, how do you respond? Are you a person who prefers action over thinking? Do you move into action whether inside or outside the ‘box’? Are you a rebel that is dedicated to destroying the ‘box’ or a free spirit who says ‘what f—king box’; or a creative that has plans to re-design the ‘box’?
Have you questioned your assumptions? Are they home-grown beliefs or foisted upon you at an earlier age? Re-drawing the box sounds appealing, it gives the impression of growth, and of moving forward. We’ve moved beyond where we were, we’ve redefined the parameters. And, we may still be in a ‘box’!
Going OUTSIDE or BEYOND the ‘box’ allows for alternative definitions of options. Possibilities abound when you look beyond the familiar.
It may well be more acceptable to the majority to re-draw the box than to go outside or beyond the box. But the biggest wins were never achieved by being acceptable. Outside or beyond the box is not a strategy for the feint of heart, the less audacious, the mediocre nor is it an immediate fix or easy solution.
The requirements? It's not so much the willingness, but more so the commitment to consistently ask yourself ... What does my 'box' look like now? How is my 'box' perceived by others? How are we limited by our 'box'? And ...
WHAT DOES THE WORLD OUTSIDE or BEYOND MY BOX LOOK LIKE?
Only rigorous honest evaluation, together with generative conversations and expert thinking will move you outside and beyond the box towards the infinite possibilities that await the courageous leaders of today and the future.