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Thinking in New Boxes A New Paradigm for Business Creativity

ISBN-10: 0812992954

ISBN-13: 9780812992953

Edition: 2013

Authors: Luc de Brabandere, Alan Iny

List price: $32.00
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To thrive in a world of accelerating change, creativity is paramount. But most organizations fail to make the kinds of imaginative leaps to ensure long-term success. Enter Thinking in New Boxes, a revolutionary road map for sustainable creativity, written by two strategic innovation experts from The Boston Consulting Group. To make sense of the world, we all rely on assumptions, on models—on what Luc de Brabandere and Alan Iny call “boxes.” If we are unaware of our boxes, they can blind us to risks and opportunities. Yet thinking “out of the box” is not the answer. Our brains don’t work that way. True ingenuity needs structure. It needs new boxes that balance self-awareness with hard analysis and bold brainstorming. This innovative book challenges everything you thought you knew about business creativity—and provides a practical way to achieve it. Thinking in New Boxes is not just a process, it is a mindset that can help you sustain success in business as well as in life. Case in point: BIC started as a stationery company and purveyor of popular low-cost ballpoint pens. Business was healthy, but BIC wanted to grow. Had BIC thought of itself as a “pen” company, it might have focused solely on expanding its range of pens with new colors, new sizes, and new price points. But one executive perceived a new box. BIC was not in the pen business, it was in the “inexpensive disposable plastic items” business. With this breakthrough change to a different box, the company opened its eyes to a host of new opportunities—disposable lighters, razors, and even precharged mobile phones. BIC and its sales soared. This groundbreaking guide takes a radically new approach to the business of creativity by breaking it down into five simple steps. First, doubt everything: Step away from your comfort zone and challenge your perceptions and prejudices. Second, probe the possible: Reexamine the world, not so that you can determine the right answers but so that you can ask the right questions. Third, divergence: Discover a plethora of fun, easy-to-implement exercises designed to help you and your team generate many new and exciting ideas. Fourth, convergence: Evaluate, prioritize, and select the ideas that will drive breakthrough results. And last, reevaluate relentlessly: Foster a new kind of creative process that is not only practical but also sustainable. No good idea is good forever. Packed with interactive games, visualization tools, and creativity boosters, Thinking in New Boxes empowers you to tailor the five steps to your own needs, both personal and professional. You’ll find fascinating real-world case studies—from Netflix and Qwikster to Ford and Trader Joe’s. You’ll learn to overcome missed creative opportunities and to avoid them in the future. And you will discover how to stay ahead of the curve. This isn’t a simpleminded checklist. This is the discipline of sustainable creativity. This is Thinking in New Boxes.
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/10/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Preface
New Boxes for a New Reality
How to Create and Use Boxes
Doubt Everything
Probe the Possible
Diverge
Converge
Reevaluate Relentlessly
From Inspiration to Innovation: Building Bold New Boxes-and Then Filling Them In
Imagining the Future
A New Beginning: How to Custom-Fit the Five Steps to Your Situation
Acknowledgments
Glossary
Notes
Index