Those who do not think outside the box are easily contained
- Nicolas Manetta
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Those who are in power always seek to maintain the status quo. They resent surprises and therefore frown upon change. The stronger they are, the greater the focus to keep organisations and systems rigid.
Society, organisations and departments are akin to boxes. The people who are in power or lead want things within their boxes stable and therefore rigid. Leave alone action, even a new thought or idea is usually frowned upon.
However in a rapidly changing, constantly evolving world, failure to innovate and improve can be harmful if not fatal.
Thought always precedes action, so, it has become fashionable to tell people to think outside the box.
While improvements and innovation can be great, if not evaluated and managed properly, will result in chaos and resulting change may actually take the organisation backwards.
Unstable systems or organisations, are inefficient, consume too many resources, and can easily destroy an organisation.
First seek stability and then change. Constantly repeating this cycle will provide success, but first we have to think out of the box.
In the box are people who are contained, the followers, safe, secure and usually stagnating. Thought and action leaders move out of the box. Therein lies opportunity and success, but also danger and possibly even failure.