By now everyone has come to associate the cliché term of “Thinking Outside the Box” as a way to describe enhanced creativity. The box has been around the block for many decades now. It is nothing new. In fact, the whole aspect of thinking outside the box is not so creative anymore. Maybe it is time to just throw that whole box idea away, because whether you are thinking “in it” or “outside” of it, there is still a box.
What if There Were NO BOX or Limitations at All?
Creativity and imagination is becoming less of a characteristic these days. Our society has so much information and things that make their lives easier. Technology serves us, but it also fails us in a way because it limits our minds to only what we can do within the parameters of technology. Think carefully and you will see that this is true!
For example, most inventions you see these days are technology-oriented, either as a “something” that people can use online or even offline in the form of digital. Children go outside and play less, and when they do, they have gorgeous playgrounds that are available within every five-mile radius of most communities. In contrast, before technology became the mainstream focal point of our society, the inventions were more wholesome, and the children had to go outside and use their imaginations to come up with games to play that would fight boredom. Sticks and rocks were all you needed for a hockey game. A treehouse consisted of scraps of boards that your parents built with whatever they could find.
Take the Box Away and Let Failure Happen Without Repercussions
The best inventors, presidents, authors, philosophers, painters and innovators of the pre-technology era often failed repeatedly before they finally “got it” and became successful. They did not give up. They believed in something and had the creativity and determination to see it through. What if we adopted this practice in the workplace?
Let this not be misconstrued for laziness. However, when a company has an employee who truly strives, tries or even fails multiple times on the quest for something greater, this is a noteworthy trait! This is a person you should WANT on your team, at all costs! Let the creative individuals shine, and give them a few words of encouragement. Whether they are developing a new system, project, poster, content, invention, book, or anything you have assigned them to do, there should be some type of reward, even for failure. Failure is just one step closer to success, but many people cannot live without “the box” that confines us, whether we want to think outside of it or not.