Outside the Box

Thinking Outside of the Box… Roderick Beaumont PhD

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Life inside the box?

Words of wisdom:

Words of wisdom “The scientist seeks to understand what is… the engineer seeks to create what never was…” –Theodore von Karman person who invented sliced bread…

Words of Wisdom:

Words of Wisdom Thinking inside the box means accepting the status quo. For example, Charles H. Duell, Director of the US Patent Office, said, ” Everything that can be invented has been invented .” That was in 1899: clearly he was in the box!

What we’ll be talking about…:

What we’ll be talking about… thinking inside the box vs. thinking outside the box curiosity, inquiry, exploration, what-if vision, leadership, management

Thinking Outside the Box:

Thinking Outside the Box What is life like inside the Box?

Inside the Box Thinkers:

Inside the Box Thinkers In-the-box thinkers: difficult to recognize the quality of an idea. rarely invest time to turn mediocre solution into great solution. skillful at killing ideas. killer attitude such as “that’ll never work” or “it’s too risky.” drain the enthusiasm and passion of innovative thinkers kill innovative ideas .

Inside the Box Thinkers:

Inside the Box Thinkers believe that every problem needs only one solution more than one possible solution is a waste of time. Motto is: “There is no time for creative solutions. We just need THE solution.” Even great creative people can become in-the-box thinkers when they stop trying. Apathy and indifference can turn an innovator into an in-the-box thinker.

Never Think Outside the Box:

Never Think Outside the Box Published in The New Yorker November 30, 1998

Thinking Outside the Box:

Thinking Outside the Box But we can do great things inside the box We can evolve ourselves inside the box

Thinking Outside the Box:

Thinking Outside the Box Once in a lifetime or always?

Thinking Outside the Box:

Thinking Outside the Box Intellectual freedom

Working Outside the Box:

Working Outside the Box Thinking outside the box requires: Develop new perspectives to day-to-day work, Be open to doing things different and doing different things, Identify new ideas and act on them, Listen to others, Be respectful.

Thinking Outside the Box:

Thinking Outside the Box What’s your Box? Can you recognize an opportunity? Is your Box comfortable? Comfort level Outside the Box? How can you become comfortable Thinking Outside the Box? Can you recognize your Box? When is it bad to be Outside the Box? When do you stop TOB?

In closing—almost…:

In closing—almost… Out-of-the box thinking requires: openness to new ways of seeing the world, a willingness to explore. Out-of-the box thinkers know: new ideas need nurturing and support, that having an idea is good but acting on it is more important.

Words of wisdom:

Words of wisdom

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not The End… the beginning for you!

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difference between leader and manager but terms used interchangeably everything is NOT leadership  management you can be a terrific manager but a less effective leader, and vice versa… are you a leader or a manager ? lots of both? some of both? don’t know yet!

Having a Vision?:

Having a Vision? Influencing people Commanding people Guiding people

Visionaries/leaders:

Visionaries/leaders Prophet Mohammed (PBUH)

Visionaries/leaders?:

Visionaries/leaders?

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Visions can be situational Do the personality traits of a leader need to match the circumstances? Can a good leader identify and then apply needed personality traits to match a circumstance?

Definitions of leadership:

Definitions of leadership Peter Drucker : “The only definition of a leader is someone who has followers.” John C Maxwell : “leadership is influence – nothing more, nothing less.” Warren Bennis :  “Leadership is a function of knowing yourself, having a vision that is well communicated, building trust among colleagues, and taking effective action to realize your own leadership potential.”

Definition of leadership:

Definition of leadership Today, scholars discuss the basic nature of leadership in terms of the ” interaction ” among the people involved in the process: both leaders and followers. Thus, leadership is not the work of a single person, rather it can be explained and defined as a “collaborative endeavor” among group members . Therefore, the essence of leadership is not the leader, but the relationship .

Leaders have a vision:

Leaders have a vision Vision : sees what must be tomorrow , beyond what is today is evolved, in part, by Customers inspires has clarity is a worthy commitment generates supportive actions

How vision works:

How vision works The right vision: attracts commitment and energizes people. creates meaning in members ’ lives. establishes a standard of excellence . bridges the present and the future.

Do you need a vision?:

Do you need a vision? Yes, if: there is evidence of confusion about purpose, members complain about insufficient challenge, members say they are not having fun any more, organization is losing market share or reputation for innovation, there are signs of declines of pride in your organization, there is excessive risk avoidance , there is an absence of sharing .

Anointed as a leader:

Anointed as a leader A Person is a leader by virtue of: the position achieved personality, charisma moral example informal power/authority held intellectual acumen – source of knowledge ability to accomplish things

Leadership traits:

Leadership traits Intelligence More intelligent than non-leaders Scholarship Knowledge Being able to get things done Physical Leadership has nothing to do with looks – not literally, but metaphorically. Physical traits, at least the way we define them, are those that help you actually get the important things done: Self-discipline Strong work ethic etc… Personality Verbal facility Honesty Initiative Aggressive Self-confident Ambitious Originality Sociability Adaptability

Good leaders…:

Good leaders… guide others and lead by example . usually don’t like to have control over you, but delegate and work with you. recognize your strengths and weaknesses and build on them without expecting anything in return. never let you down ; however, they will encourage you to work out your problems on your own. are enthusiastic people who live with passions and pass them on to you. are demanding and caring , hard workers and expect you to become one too. have great expectations for you and put their trust in you. will guide you to become an independent thinker and become a leader yourself

Leaders have a vision:

Leaders have a vision Vision : sees what must be tomorrow , beyond what is today is evolved, in part, by Customers inspires is clarity is a worthy commitment generates supportive actions

How vision works:

How vision works The right vision: attracts commitment and energizes people . creates meaning in members ’ lives. establishes a standard of excellence . bridges the present and the future.

What’s next for you?:

What’s next for you? What’s you vision… you need one to become great… A really great VISION may lead to the Nobel Prize…

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Great leaders has certain qualities that apply to the environment and know what needs to be done. Great visionaries see what is beyond leadership tasks and brings you there

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What are your strengths – Ghandi, Mother Teresa, Socrates What vision can you develop? Can you identify one when it comes before you?

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The End of this presentation… the beginning for you! Rod B eaumont  r.beaumont@seeu.edu.mk

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Some sayings I have created too motivate

If you want to make a difference then you have to start making a difference.

Things will change, when we stand up and change them.

Don’t let today be tomorrow make it happen like it was yesterday.  Carpe diem my friends.

Someone asked me where do I find all the time to do everything?   If life is your favorite thing to do then there is always time to live it!

Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you wanted – Anonymous quote borrowed.

Turn your failure into success by learning from it and making the change to succeed the next time.