I recently heard this phrase used by another leader in reference to finding innovative ways to solve a problem.
“Color outside the lines.”
Of course, I’ve heard this phrase before, but never in the same context as “think outside the box.”
This struck me as a better phrase precisely because I can picture it.
I don’t really know what you want me to do when you ask me to think outside of the box. What box? Why do I need to think outside of it?
But coloring outside of the lines – yup, I got it. We’re supposed to color inside the lines, or so we are led to believe.
When things are going well, sure, we can color inside the lines and make a beautiful picture.
But sometimes we need to move fast and we might need to get a little messy.
We color outside the lines and finish the picture. It ain’t great, but it’s done.
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