When BIC, manufacturer of disposable ballpoint pens, wanted to grow, it looked for an idea beyond introducing new sizes and ink colors. Someone suggested lighters.
With an idea that seemed crazy at first, that bright executive, instead of seeing BIC as a pen company a business in the PEN box figured out that there was growth to be found in the DISPOSABLE box. And he was right. Now there are disposable BIC lighters, razors, even phones. The company opened its door to a host of opportunities.
IT INVENTED A NEW BOX.
Your business can, too. And simply thinking out of the box is not the answer. True ingenuity needs structure, hard analysis, and bold brainstorming. It needs to start
THINKING IN NEW BOXES
a revolutionary process for sustainable creativity from two strategic innovation experts from The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
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.
This innovative book challenges everything you thought you knew about business creativity by breaking creativity down into five steps:
Doubt everything. Challenge your current perspectives.
Probe the possible. Explore options around you.
Diverge. Generate many new and exciting ideas, even if they seem absurd.
Converge. Evaluate and select the ideas that will drive breakthrough results.
Reevaluate. Relentlessly. No idea is a good idea forever. And did we mention Reevaluate? Relentlessly.
Creativity is paramount if you are to thrive in a time of accelerating change. Replete with practical and potent creativity tools, and featuring fascinating case studies from BIC to Ford to Trader Joe's, "Thinking in New Boxes" will help you and your company overcome missed opportunities and stay ahead of the curve.
This book isn t a simpleminded checklist. This is "Thinking in New Boxes."
And it will be fun. (We promise.)
Praise for "Thinking in New Boxes"
Excellent . . . While focusing on business creativity, the principles in this book apply anywhere change is needed and will be of interest to anyone seeking to reinvent herself. "Blogcritics"
"Thinking in New Boxes" is a five-step guide that leverages the authors deep understanding of human nature to enable readers to overcome their limitations and both imagine and create their own futures. This book is a must-read for people living and working in today's competitive environment. Ray O. Johnson, Ph.D., chief technology officer, Lockheed Martin
"Thinking In New Boxes" discusses what I believe to be one of the fundamental shifts all companies/brands need to be thinking about: how to think creatively, in order to innovate and differentiate our brands. We need to thrive and lead in a world of accelerating change and this book challenges us to even greater creativity in our thinking. One of the best business books I ve read in a long time. Jennifer Fox, CEO, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
As impressive as teaching new tricks to old dogs, "Thinking in New Boxes" is both inspirational and practical a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to sharpening one's wits in order to harness creativity in the workplace. Peter Gelb, general manager, Metropolitan Opera
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About the Author
Luc de Brabandere is a fellow and a senior advisor in the Paris office of the Boston Consulting Group. He leads strategic seminars with boards, senior executives, and management from a wide range of companies looking to develop new visions, new products and services, and long-term scenarios to prepare for the future. He is the author or co-author of nine books, including "The Forgotten Half of Change: Achieving Greater Creativity through Changes in Perception, " and a regular columnist for various newspapers in France and Belgium. Prior to joining BCG, he was the general manager of the Brussels Stock Exchange.
Alan Iny is the global topic expert for creativity and scenario planning at the Boston Consulting Group, based in the New York office. He has trained hundreds of executives and BCG consultants, and facilitated a wide range of workshops across industries, on topics related to bringing creative approaches to business. Iny received his MBA from Columbia Business School and holds an honors BSc in mathematics and management from McGill University."
“Thinking in New Boxes is a five-step guide that leverages the authors’ deep understanding of human nature to enable readers to overcome their limitations and both imagine and create their own futures. This book is a must-read for people living and working in today’s competitive environment.”—Ray O. Johnson, Ph.D., chief technology officer, Lockheed Martin
“Thinking In New Boxes discusses what I believe to be one of the fundamental shifts all companies/brands need to be thinking about: how to think creatively, in order to innovate and differentiate our brands. We need to thrive and lead in a world of accelerating change and this book challenges us to even greater creativity in our thinking. One of the best business books I’ve read in a long time.”—Jennifer Fox, CEO, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
“As impressive as teaching new tricks to old dogs, Thinking in New Boxes is both inspirational and practical—a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to sharpening one’s wits in order to harness creativity in the workplace.”—Peter Gelb, general manager, Metropolitan Opera
“Offers excellent suggestions for thinking creatively and creating a sustainable work culture in the department and in one’s organization . . . a valuable tool for employees and managers of all institutions.”—Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship
“An imaginative, proactive, and creative approach to problem solving that prospects for new ideas rather than trying to predict the future.”—Booklist
“Psychology has shown us that there’s no such thing as ‘thinking outside the box.’ The mind always thinks in boxes, big and small, and the key to creativity is finding and creating the right boxes to think with. This practical book draws out the implications of this research, and it is a joy to read. I loved the many real-world examples, drawn from the authors’ many years of consulting for BCG.”—Keith Sawyer, Ph.D., Author of Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity
“Brilliantly original and relentlessly practical, Thinking in New Boxes brings a truly fresh approach to the eternal question of how do I get more—and better—ideas. It not only challenges the readers to ‘think differently,’ but also shows them how. It is that rare business book actually worth reading cover to cover.”—Jim Andrew, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Chairman Sustainability Board, EVP and Member of the Executive Committee, Royal Philips
“The pinnacle resource for any business or organization, Thinking in New Boxes is a straightforward roadmap on mastering the art of futurist leadership and understanding the intersections between creativity, innovation and re-invention. A well thought out approach and a hands-down, must read for anyone tirelessly in pursuit of achieving success in an ever evolving and rapidly changing global business ecosystem.”—Dr. Mehmood Khan, chief scientific officer, PepsiCo
“Excellent . . . While focusing on business creativity, the principles in this book apply anywhere change is needed and will be of interest to anyone seeking to reinvent herself.”—Blogcritics