I Thought I Was Thinking Out of the Box. I Was Not. What About You?

I Thought I Was Thinking Out of the Box. I Was Not. What About You?
– by Eugen Oetringer
When combined with out-of-the box thinkers struggling to get their innovations accepted, these experiences lead to the following question:

Are the stress and the high pressures we are faced with in today’s world driving us, out-of-the box thinkers included, to think inside the box?

Leading in a Complex Environment

In my previous post, I listed the three main events that drive my thinking. The analytical skill created by one of these events delivered effective solutions again and again, but it also created a serious downside. These experiences lead to the following question: Are the stress and the high pressures we are faced with in today’s world driving us, out-of-the-box thinkers included, to think inside the box?

Up to the turn of the century, it was relatively easy for me to get innovative solutions approved and implemented. With the increasing bureaucracy and complexity, this has become ever more difficult. While I had the support of my peers, approval had to be obtained from ever greater numbers of managers. Any of them could say ‘no’, bringing my initiatives to a full stop. This was where my analytical skill kicked in. It drove me to find more and more information, patterns…

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