Thinking outside the box is more than just a business clich??. It means approaching problems in new, innovative ways; conceptualizing problems differently; and understanding your position in relation to any particular situation in a way you???d never thought of before. Ironically, its a clich?? that means to think of clich??d situations in ways that aren???t clich??d.
We???re told to ???think outside the box??? all the time, but how exactly do we do that? How do we develop the ability to confront problems in ways other than the ways we normally confront problems? How do we cultivate the ability to look at things differently from the way we typically look at things?
Thinking outside the box starts well before we???re ???boxed in??? ??? that is, well before we confront a unique situation and start forcing it into a familiar ???box??? that we already know how to deal with. Or at least think we know how to deal with.