A time and place to think inside the box

Have you ever wondered where the phrase “think outside the box” comes from?

After a quick search through several sources and sites, it seems to have originated from some management consultants who used the “Nine Dot Puzzle” to challenge their clients to think more creatively.

9 Dots

You will find no bigger advocate than me when it comes to the need for training professionals to be creative and innovative. But there’s a time and a place for everything. Sometimes L&D folks fall victim to the allure of a cool new technology or some sort of pop fad when a plainer, simpler solution would have been more effective.

Onboarding expert Michelle Baker and I recently had an opportunity to co-author an article in TD magazine entitled “Thinking Inside the Box” to offer some less sexy, though probably more effective, ways to meet the learning needs of organizations. Give it a read (it’ll take about 5 minutes), then let me know what you think in the Comment section.

What’s the most effective (and inside-the-box) solution you’ve ever implemented?

One thought on “A time and place to think inside the box

  1. I really enjoyed the TD article! Favorite quote “PowerPoint doesn’t bore people; people bore people”. Hahaha! So true!

    An inside the box thing I thought of for more presentation type training that I picked up at Toastmasters is: Tell them what you are going to tell them, tell them, and then tell them what you told them.

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