1. Free Cashflow Stress Test
  2. Free Survival Planning Session
  3. 7 Steps to Pivot Your Marketing
  4. SWOT Examination and Opportunity Planning Session
  5. BDC Small Business Loan
  6. What is the Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers?
  7. EWSP (Employment Work Sharing Program)
  8. Business Oxygen
  9. How to Close More Sales
  10. Why Connecting with the Tough Decision Makers is Worth Your Time
  11. Having A Bad Day? Find Something Beautiful
  12. What are you worth?
  13. 10 Ways to Foster a Culture of Innovation and Creativity
  14. What are you Measuring in Your Business
  15. 7 Ways to Dramatically Grow Your Business
  16. Company Culture – How to Cultivate the Right Kind for Your Business
  17. How to Keep Your Employees Happy at Work
  18. Four Reasons to Use B2B Email Marketing
  19. Qualities of Good Leaders
  20. How Stress Can Affect Your Job Performance
  21. Making a Customer Relation Management (CRM) System Work For You
  22. Do You Have The Symptoms Of Affluenza?
  23. Culture Of Leadership
  24. A Business Coach Engages in Provocative Conversations
  25. Are You A Carrot, An Egg, Or A Coffee Bean?
  26. Measure Your Way to Success by Using KPI’s
  27. Ensure a Good Return on Your Investment
  28. A Business Coach; A Clients Journey to Self Discovery
  29. Is Your Business Growing or Dying
  30. Breakeven Analysis
  31. Keeping Score in a Winning Business
  32. Exercise wisely…
  33. Roots
  34. Muck & Money
  35. Who said that?
  36. Why are owls so wise?
  37. Business Success: Eight Fundamentals
  38. Uncomfortable Conversations
  39. Are you working hard or just working long hours?
  40. Investing Time on the Right Tasks
  41. COACHING — Not just for GOLF!
  42. Don’t Think Outside the Box – Redefine It!
  43. Ten Reasons People Resist Change
  44. The Art of Delegating
  45. How to Make Your Business Writing Twice as Good
  46. Increase Profits by “Pruning” Your Business
  47. Features versus Benefits
  48. Are you lucky? Or just on your game?
  49. 10 Elements of a World-Class Company
  50. How fresh are your marketing strategies?
  51. Business: The $20,000 Phone Call
  52. Business – Game Changer
  53. Are you still learning?
  54. Riding a Dead Horse
  55. Business & Baseball
Thursday, April 2, 2020
  1. Free Cashflow Stress Test
  2. Free Survival Planning Session
  3. 7 Steps to Pivot Your Marketing
  4. SWOT Examination and Opportunity Planning Session
  5. BDC Small Business Loan
  6. What is the Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers?
  7. EWSP (Employment Work Sharing Program)
  8. Business Oxygen
  9. How to Close More Sales
  10. Why Connecting with the Tough Decision Makers is Worth Your Time
  11. Having A Bad Day? Find Something Beautiful
  12. What are you worth?
  13. 10 Ways to Foster a Culture of Innovation and Creativity
  14. What are you Measuring in Your Business
  15. 7 Ways to Dramatically Grow Your Business
  16. Company Culture – How to Cultivate the Right Kind for Your Business
  17. How to Keep Your Employees Happy at Work
  18. Four Reasons to Use B2B Email Marketing
  19. Qualities of Good Leaders
  20. How Stress Can Affect Your Job Performance
  21. Making a Customer Relation Management (CRM) System Work For You
  22. Do You Have The Symptoms Of Affluenza?
  23. Culture Of Leadership
  24. A Business Coach Engages in Provocative Conversations
  25. Are You A Carrot, An Egg, Or A Coffee Bean?
  26. Measure Your Way to Success by Using KPI’s
  27. Ensure a Good Return on Your Investment
  28. A Business Coach; A Clients Journey to Self Discovery
  29. Is Your Business Growing or Dying
  30. Breakeven Analysis
  31. Keeping Score in a Winning Business
  32. Exercise wisely…
  33. Roots
  34. Muck & Money
  35. Who said that?
  36. Why are owls so wise?
  37. Business Success: Eight Fundamentals
  38. Uncomfortable Conversations
  39. Are you working hard or just working long hours?
  40. Investing Time on the Right Tasks
  41. COACHING — Not just for GOLF!
  42. Don’t Think Outside the Box – Redefine It!
  43. Ten Reasons People Resist Change
  44. The Art of Delegating
  45. How to Make Your Business Writing Twice as Good
  46. Increase Profits by “Pruning” Your Business
  47. Features versus Benefits
  48. Are you lucky? Or just on your game?
  49. 10 Elements of a World-Class Company
  50. How fresh are your marketing strategies?
  51. Business: The $20,000 Phone Call
  52. Business – Game Changer
  53. Are you still learning?
  54. Riding a Dead Horse
  55. 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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