Thinking outside the box, version 0.1
Entrepreneurs by definition need to spend a lot of time "thinking outside the box", but it's not so simple and sometimes we can't even be sure what the box is, let alone whether we're really outside of it, or even whether it matters much at the time. This is a topic that deserves a lot of attention, hence the "version 0.1" in the title of this post. Expect many revisions.
I ran across a web page by a Dr. Will Barratt with an article entitled "The Box Paradox!". I'm not prepared to give it a summary that does it justice, but I'd simply note two points among those it makes:
- Successful businesses are run by people who are good at incremental change.
- Innovators need to learn to speak incremental.
Not everyone has the right personality to think outside of their box. The key is to have enough innovators around to deliver "a jolt of innovation" when it's needed most, but to have some stability as well to capitalize on those disruptive, innovative jolts.
-- Jack Krupansky