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Monday, February 24, 2020
  1. BizX Canada Awards
  2. How to Close More Sales
  3. Why Connecting with the Tough Decision Makers is Worth Your Time
  4. Having A Bad Day? Find Something Beautiful
  5. What are you worth?
  6. 10 Ways to Foster a Culture of Innovation and Creativity
  7. What are you Measuring in Your Business
  8. 7 Ways to Dramatically Grow Your Business
  9. Company Culture – How to Cultivate the Right Kind for Your Business
  10. How to Keep Your Employees Happy at Work
  11. Four Reasons to Use B2B Email Marketing
  12. Qualities of Good Leaders
  13. How Stress Can Affect Your Job Performance
  14. Making a Customer Relation Management (CRM) System Work For You
  15. Do You Have The Symptoms Of Affluenza?
  16. Culture Of Leadership
  17. A Business Coach Engages in Provocative Conversations
  18. Did you Make Your Move in 2018?
  19. Are You A Carrot, An Egg, Or A Coffee Bean?
  20. Measure Your Way to Success by Using KPI’s
  21. Ensure a Good Return on Your Investment
  22. A Business Coach; A Clients Journey to Self Discovery
  23. Is Your Business Growing or Dying
  24. Breakeven Analysis
  25. Keeping Score in a Winning Business
  26. Exercise wisely…
  27. Roots
  28. Muck & Money
  29. Who said that?
  30. Why are owls so wise?
  31. Business Success: Eight Fundamentals
  32. Uncomfortable Conversations
  33. Are you working hard or just working long hours?
  34. Investing Time on the Right Tasks
  35. COACHING — Not just for GOLF!
  36. Don’t Think Outside the Box – Redefine It!
  37. Ten Reasons People Resist Change
  38. The Art of Delegating
  39. How to Make Your Business Writing Twice as Good
  40. Increase Profits by “Pruning” Your Business
  41. Features versus Benefits
  42. Are you lucky? Or just on your game?
  43. 10 Elements of a World-Class Company
  44. How fresh are your marketing strategies?
  45. Business: The $20,000 Phone Call
  46. Business – Game Changer
  47. Are you still learning?
  48. Riding a Dead Horse
  49. Business & Baseball

Thinking “outside the box” is a popular idea in the business world today.

People and organizations are told to think outside the box to stimulate creativity when they need to solve problems, streamline production, establish a new product, or develop a new process.

And it’s true that unconventional thinking often sparks creativity and innovation.

But It Takes More Than Unconventional Thinking . . .

Take Picasso, for example. Picasso was a creative artist, but his abstract work is technically sloppy. It looks like the work of a child. Picasso could sell his abstract art only because he had previously established himself as an artist who could color inside the box very well. Had he not first proven his artistic talent in the traditional way, his abstract art would have been worth much less.

Picasso used his reputation as a traditional artist to establish a new direction in art. He didn’t color outside the box — he expanded the boundaries and definition of the box.

A creative idea requires the discipline of order and structure to be valuable.

Creativity Is More Than Just Breaking the Rules . .

Similarly, Joseph Heller was able to break the rules of English grammar in his book Something Happened (Scribner, 1974) only because he was intimately familiar with them.

Having taught English at the University of South Carolina, he was a master of grammar. And only out of his expertise could he creatively exploit, expand, and redefine the boundaries of it.

If You Don’t Understand the Box, You Can’t Think Outside It . .

The suggestion that creativity lies in the ability to think outside the box is mostly nonsense. Creativity emerges from talent, ability, and discipline as an intentional effort.

Creativity involves seeing that the box itself is inadequate and developing a better one. Creativity doesn’t discard the box — it redefines it after becoming intimately familiar with it.

While a creative idea often comes unbidden out of unexpected places, discipline, study, and order are necessary to make something of it. Without these things, what passes for creativity is nonsense, and to suggest otherwise actually undermines and/or weakens the creative process.

Seek first to understand, then redefine.

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