Heads Up!: “Twenty years ago, “think outside the box” was a powerful, new thought. Sparked by the nine-dot puzzle that required the breaking of assumptions, this way of thinking asked us to break through barriers and open our minds to fresh information. It helped us avoid judgment too soon. It was a good thing. Today, however, it has become a cliché that actually limits thinking and produces its own barrier to innovation. Rather than staying rooted in its question-assumptions, delay-judgment origins, it has become the banner cry for a mindset of anything-goes, think-wild-and-crazy, and all-ideas-are-good-ideas.”

Originally posted by Dane Carlson on April 8, 2004 in Ideas.


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