Stop trying to “Think outside the box”, and step out of the box instead.
Yes, You, it’s time to step out!
Over the last few years, a popular misconception has been that thinking outside the box will help someone discover new ways, new ideas and become more creative. Innovation is the new promised land. The problem is that for most people, the thinking is confined to their education, past experiences and various habits developed over many years. How can someone be in a position to innovate when his or her environment is safe, well known and above all just plain comfortable? Innovation takes risks, creativity takes talent and confidence takes accountability. All of which are required, but none can be performed inside a box.
The economy is not only changing, it is changing radically and fast. The things and ways we know are now behind us. Waiting for a time to be back to “normal” is foolish at most. Stop looking backwards. Normal is gone. Just over the last 10 years, large corporations have vanished because business was as usual – and usual meant to look to the next quarter. While decisions were made based a proven track record, most of the time it was the safest option, but not always the smartest one. Today, the rules are changing. We are connected more than ever before. Information about any products, services and even people are readily available directly from your smart phone – anytime – anywhere.
Boxes are starting to move and you don’t want to be caught in one when someone ships it somewhere else. It will be too late. It is time to adapt to the situation and look for new ways. To stay ahead, you have to step out. Engage in the conversations, share information, be yourself and above all be all in!. You have no idea how much your contributions will mean if you never try.