Thinking Outside the Box





Thinking outside the box means approaching challenges and problems in new, innovative ways; conceptualizing problems in non-conventional ways; perceiving situations differently; and searching for non-obvious solutions.

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'The Box' is a metaphor that symbolizes a set of any self-imposed cognitive limitations.

To think outside the box is to look wider and further and to try not thinking of the obvious things, but to try thinking of the things beyond them.



This puzzle illustrates the value of outside-the-box thinking. Join the 9 dots with 4 straight lines without lifting the pen. It is only by thinking outside that the box the solution can be found.


Edward de Bono creativity advices quotes

Lateral thinking is concerned with breaking out of the concept prisons of old ideas.

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Example Problem Solving: American vs. Russian Approach





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Once you rid yourself of conventional thinking you can get on with creating something truly innovative

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Simple outside-the-box diversification and marketing ideas can bring big − sometimes huge − returns.

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