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Box vs. Out-of-the-Box Thinking

September 27, 2012

In Emergency Management, when you think outside of the box you are still utilizing box thinking to formulate your idea. You have to. Think of it as a Stringed Quartet vs. a Jazz Quartet. It's still music. One is very structured and the other more improvisational and yet they still utilize some of the same instruments, chords, and notes to produce the final sound that they desire. It can even be the same song or piece of music. Very often the stringed quartet can make improvisations or perform different interpretations to the classical pieces. "Out-of-the-Box thinking" is no greater than "Box thinking", when it's done completely. It just means that we have different approaches to achieving a successful outcome.. I think they're both great and I that any individual can possess both characteristics of a "Box or Out-of-the-Box thinker. Which one are you and why do you think so?

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