Give an example of thinking outside the box

Discussion in 'Work, Careers, Employment rights, further study' started by coleen, Jul 13, 2007.

  1. coleen

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    Can you tell me what would be a good reply to this question.It is a question I feel will come up in an interview I have next week, it is a second round interview and has come up in the second round of these interviews previously .
     
  2. GeneralZod

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    Christopher Columbus deciding to sail the opposite way around the world to get to India.

    A decision that also had far greater than planned for benefits illustrating why OOTB thinking can be good.
     
  3. paddi22

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    what kind of industry does it relate to?
     
  4. elefantfresh

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    Instead of sticking a sign up on those dangerous country bends saying "accident, black spot" actually taking the bend out of it and fixing the darn problem.
     
  5. ClubMan

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    Can I touch base with you ASAP to leverage some synergy on this because I'm busy pushing the envelope with some ballpark figures about a blue sky strawman 24x7 right now?
     
  6. Caveat

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    :D
     
  7. Jimmy Mook

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  8. CCOVICH

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    Using a search engine other than Google to come up with answers...
     
  9. coleen

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    It relates to a business /admin position with some human resource work
     
  10. snowdrop

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    ok - here's one but it relates to personal situation rather than business situation.

    We have a radio boundary fence for our dogs. New dog arrived but we'd lost/misplaced the flags that visually mark the boundary for training. Rang around looking for said flags but sometimes could only buy with the full system.

    Spouse then had the idea of using bamboo skewers with sections of white plastic cut from shopping bags. Easy peasy and no cost.

    Thinking outside the box is really about looking at a problem, breaking it down, questioning assumptions and seeking alternatives.

    on a business level - we also had a need for archival storage of docs and furniture etc. Looked into these self storage units as solution but pretty expensive on an ongoing basis. then realised there was space for a 20' steel container on-site - purchased second hand container - its ideal, does the job perfectly (airtight, dry) and the contents on site and accessible rather than in an industrial estate. Plus within 12 months had paid for itself (in comparison to self storage), no ongoing costs plus has a residual resale value should we wish to dispose of it.

    Hope that helps.
     
  11. Pique318

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    that bit in The Great Escape when the german Gestapo officer said 'Good Luck' in english to the 2 escaped prisoners posing as germans, to which one of them replied "Thank You" thus giving the game away.
     
  12. wanderer

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    If you find yourself constantly having to think outside the box, then your box is too small... make it bigger or get a bigger box.
     
  13. Welfarite

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    Thinking outside the box:- "Hmmm, if I move before the lights change, the traffic might just be moving before I block up the whole junction on these yellow thingies..."
     
  14. ubiquitous

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    Looking on websites for answers to questions instead of going to the bother of thinking about them.
     
  15. Satanta

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    If this question does come up in the interview, it will be in a form asking you for examples where you have "thought outside the box".

    Having general examples of lateral thinking is fine, but better if you can relate the thought process to your work and how you managed to create a better solution with some lateral thinking.
     
  16. ClubMan

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    How is that thinking outside the box?
     
  17. Buddyboy

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    I had to bring a (stray) dog to the vet yesterday. When the vet wanted to weight the dog, the dog was having none of it. We couldn't get her to stay on the weighing scales.

    "Can you zero the scales" I asked the vet. "Yes" she said.

    So I stood on the scales and asked her to zero it. (I won't tell you what it said before she did so :( )

    I then got off the scales, picked up the dog, and got back on the scales. The scales then showed the weight of the dog.

    I looked at the vet and you could see the penny drop. She said she never thought of doing that before.
     
  18. GeneralZod

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    And you're trusting your dog's health to this vet?
     
  19. Satanta

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    To be honest, I'd consider this the standard way to weigh a dog rather than an original way.
     
  20. Buddyboy

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    I'd tend to agree, but the scales has a dog sized plate, about 3' x 2' for the dog to stand on.

    My main point was, by zeroing the scale with me on it, it negated the need to weigh me, weigh me and the dog, and subtract my weight to get the dogs weight.

    And as regards trusting the vet, yes I do. Veterinary skills are not the same as logic/mathematical skills.