We write not simply to produce words, sentences and paragraphs.
We write to explore our brain. To extend into its subtle reaches, to sometimes stumble upon its darkest corners. To discover stuff we know but had never realised nor manifested on an earlier Earth Day. To articulate that which is stored but not yet exposed to light. To pull the sword out of the stone. To become who we are meant to be.
It is a favourite pastime of seniors leaders in organisations to exhort their teams to do more 'joined-up thinking'. Those leaders sometimes fail to notice they have not unveiled the dots. Nor allowed a modest budget for pencil and paper.
Working hard, working smart, being courteous, turning up on time, doing what you said you would do, being resourceful and professional: none of these guarantee the promotion you seek. But they certainly pull you out of the crowded masses and put you on a short-list of elite players.
To 'think outside the box' it's very helpful to know a lot about the box: it's dimensions, mass, colour/s and materials. It's sometimes handy to know who built the box and why he/she did build it so. It's certainly invaluable to know any rules and/or protocols which have been established about the box during its existence and how those came into existence.
In fact there's plenty to be done if the 'think outside the box' is going to achieve anything quickly.
When you start your own business you will at times be up against 'the big(ger) boys'. They spend 100 times more per day on coffee than you do on your annual marketing budget. They can auto-generate invoices. And afford business class on flights to Asia.
But they also have conference call fever, protocol passion and decision-making paralysis.
Don't even think about going along with that unhelpful inner dialogue which is now saying 'leave the decision until the New Year'. This is the very same voice which said 'enjoy your vacation then act in September".