Arul V
  • Arul V
  • Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
  • United Kingdom

Cranfield University

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Do we really need to think “Outside the Box"?

The research evidence suggests that thinking outside the box fails to produce the expected creative solution. And far from being a hindrance, past experience and training can actually be the key to creative problem-solving.

Thinking Outside the Box is nothing but too much information sends to the brain.

Constraint is directly proportional to the Information.

We can’t really make any accurate decision when we have gathered too much information against the problem.

Think "Inside the Box" is always best way to solve the problem -

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    Jan 14 2012: Not if you are 100% satisfied with the way things are in the box.
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    Jan 13 2012: It depends on what you define as your "box." Thinking "outside the box" can involve thinking about new approaches using existing resources or systems. Just look at nearly every TED speaker: I'd say that their methods of been primarily "oustide the box." Steve Jobs dropped out of college, got fired from the company he started..but became a world success and moved to even higher levels. Derek Sivers didn't just think outside the box, he created a brand new one and resulted in one of the greatest tools for independent musicians worldwide (CD Baby).
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      Jan 13 2012: I agree, it all depends on the definition of "outside the box." If by "out of the box" you mean all information out of the norm, than yes, drowning in information is a likely result. The example you give, I think, relates to the other meaning: along the same lines as "going against the grain," implying one should look outside accepted approaches to solving problems.