“Why Telling Someone to ‘Think Different’ or to ‘Think Outside The Box’ Always Fails.” RADIO SHOW/AUDIO PODCAST Solutions...with Courtney Anderson! (SwCA) Episode 200 - Originally aired 9/29/2014 9:00 AM
In this episode, our topic is, “Why Telling Someone to ‘Think Different’ or to ‘Think Outside The Box’ Always Fails.”
In this show we discuss A Stone* of Solutions™ including:
1) It fails because you are telling them how to think.
2) People who think differently already do so.
3) You can hire them but you cannot transform someone into that type of person.
4) “Some specimens of consultant-speak are so cliched that they have long lost any real meaning and have turned into the conversational equivalent of an "ummmm." The most common of these may be the hoary exhortation to "think outside the box. […] The phrase means something like "think creatively" or "be original," and its origin is generally attributed to consultants in the 1970s and 1980s who tried to make clients feel inadequate by drawing nine dots on a piece of paper and asking them to connect the dots without lifting their pen, using only four lines:”
5) If you thought differently you wouldn’t need others to do so.
6) If you tell them how to think differently they will do it (as they are obedient), yet that would result in “Think Same” instead of “Think Different.”
7) Why do you think that they need to “Think Different”?
8) Were you told to do so by someone else? If so, doesn’t that illustrate the absurdity and lack of logic of the premise?
9) How will they simultaneously “Think Different” (i.e., create innovative products and services never before imagined) while continuing to “Think Same” and [...]