Benefits of Thinking Outside of the Box

Benefits of Thinking Outside of the Box

You are driving down the road. As you approach the bus stop on your right, you see three people waiting. The first person is an elderly women who needs to get to the hospital as soon as possible. The second person is the women (or man) of your dreams. The third person is your best friend that recently saved your life. As the bus stop gets closer, you realize that your car only has two seats. Who do you pick up?

If you pick up the elderly women, you will not meet the women (or man) of your dreams and will not repay your best friend for saving your life. If you pick up your best friend, the elderly woman may not make it to the hospital on time and you will not meet the women (or man) of your dreams. If you pick up the woman of your dreams, the elderly woman may not make it to the hospital on time and you will not repay your best friend for saving your life.

Who do you pick up? When you reach the bus stop, pull over. Ask your best friend to drive the elderly women to the hospital before driving themselves home. You wait at the bus stop with the woman (or man) of your dreams. Thinking outside of the box drives growth. It means thinking creatively and differently without conventional limits. Leaders should continually encourage out of the box thinking to drive innovation and solve problems.

Concept taken from LinkedIn post (creator unknown) …

See also Using Creative Limitation to Drive Innovation

All contents copyright © 2018, Josh Lowry. All rights reserved.

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