5 Ways “Thinking Outside The Box” Works, 5 Ways It Doesn’t

5 Ways "Thinking Outside The Box" Works, 5 Ways It Doesn't

We’ve all heard the saying “think outside the box”, but what does it really mean? Does it work? Thinking outside the box is a way to bring new, creative ideas to any project or goal. It’s a way to push your limits. It’s a way to expand your expectations. It’s bringing forth a new and novel way to tackle a problem. Try these 5 creative ideas to begin, “thinking outside the box”: 1. Watch others. Learn from them. Look and listen. What do successful people do that you’re not doing or considering? 2. Expand your creativity by taking up a new creative project. Learn to paint or play a musical instrument. Take up creative writing. Work on a design project. Explore and expand your creativity with an activity you’ve never done before. 3. Mix up your daily routine. Routine can be a good thing, but when you want to expand your mind, try something novel. Move through your day looking for a different way to do things. Take a different way to work. Order up a different type of coffee than your usual. Take a break from the ordinary. 4. Question things. Pose the question, and then answer it as if you are someone else. Think how a successful person would answer the question. Think how a child would answer the question. Then expand on those answers with your own ideas, and see if you can make them grow. 5. Learn something new. Expansion and growth only occur if we’re willing to learn new things. Be open and curious to listening to, and learning from, new and novel ideas, information, and strategies. When does “thinking outside the box” NOT work? Keeping your thinking “inside the box”, close to home, so to speak, is effective for these 5 reasons: 1. Building on

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Online Piracy, Read This Before You Download Your Favorite Episode Of “Game of Thrones”

Writers, musicians, filmmakers and artists love to create. Online pirates love to steal their creations. Artists whose creations have reached a modicum of success have spent years honing their craft. They’ve spent countless hours writing or recording only to spend countless more hours re-writing and re-recording to get their book, song or screenplay to a point of artistic expression they can be proud of. Online pirates love to sit at their computers looking for creative works to steal and disseminate. They get a thrill from stealing, hoping to make money while not getting caught. Or, they feel justified in downloading their favorite TV series for free. After all, don’t those big production companies make millions? Pirates rob, plunder and hijack. Artists produce the music, art, and films that fill voids in our lives. Just as you want your personal property to be protected, artists deserve to have their intellectual property protected by our laws. Based on the number of downloads, BitTorrent reported that “Game of Thrones” was the most pirated TV show in 2014. It was downloaded 8.1 million times. The second most downloaded show was “The Walking Dead” with 4.8 million downloads, then “The Big Bang Theory” with 3.9 million downloads. That’s a whole lot of plundering and hijacking. Arts.mic reports that “Game of Thrones” costs 6 million per episode to make. “Big Bang Theory” costs 2 million. Without profits, which are diminished by online piracy, these productions would cease. As reported at RIIA.com (the Recording Industry Association Website), digital content theft of music has been devastating to the industry. “Employment at the major U.S. music companies has declined by thousands of workers.” Think about the fact that every time you pirate digital media in the form of music, movies or a television series, you are contributing to taking

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Make Your Dreams a Reality

Dreaming about what we want in life is the fun part.  It’s where we languish in the thoughts that fuel our fantasies for that life we’ve always wanted to live…but just haven’t gotten around to accomplishing yet. Do you dream of being financially independent where you can spend your days on whatever strikes your fancy?  Or, do you dream of having that great relationship or job that just hasn’t seemed to come your way?  How about, do you dream about doing something big in life that will leave an imprint on humanity or the world once you’re gone?  No matter how big or small your dream is, it’s your divine right to choose how to live your life.  So, turn your dreams into reality by following these steps: Dream Big The dreams that you have held dear for many years are most likely the ones that you will be able to sustain and achieve, so, take that dream and make it bigger than life!  Get a little crazy with your dream and make it look, in your mind, like a blockbuster movie that you have created.  Put in the sights and smells, set the stage and don your costume, all the while visualizing yourself in the starring role.  Give your Life Dream a name and plaster it on the biggest, most obnoxious movie marquee you can visualize.  Know in your being that what you are seeing is a new beginning in your life! Gauge your Commitment Making your dreams a reality will require commitment, consistency, discipline and drive.  Either ponder these in your mind or write them on a piece of paper then come up with a plan for how you are going to keep these necessary components of success active and alive as you move forward with your plan

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You’re fired! How it happens, what to do.

Getting fired or deciding to “resign” before the ax falls usually comes as no surprise to anyone. It usually happens after things have been headed in that direction for some time. You’ve gotten multiple warnings that getting late to work won’t be tolerated. Or, you’ve had that in office sit down with the boss where you heard the message that you need to play nice with your co-workers and be a team player. Maybe your hand got caught in the proverbial cookie jar where you were padding your company expense account. Or, it was found out that you “shared” some proprietary company secrets with the competition in a Kumbaya moment where you thought, “why can’t we all be friends”? You had it comin’ Whaaaat, you say? Why did I get fired? Poor me, I didn’t do anything wrong. How dare they fire me?? Let me pull you out of your denial and tell you the reasons most people get fired. I challenge you to open your eyes and see if any of them apply to you. Taken from the website beingfired.com, here are the 10 most likely things that will get you fired: 1. High absenteeism rate, being late often 2. Performing your tasks slowly and with errors 3. Unable to do your assigned tasks 4. Inconsistent and unreliable work behaviors 5. Refusing to follow directions and orders 6. Unable to get along with others 7. Drug and alcohol abuse 8. Being dishonest, espionage and theft 9. Personal business at work 10. Lying on your resume OK, you pulled your head out of your arse just long enough to recognize what got you fired, now what? Now, as you leave your job don’t tell off your boss or co-workers. Even if you’ve been waiting for this moment to point out

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Top Management Workplace Bullies

Working with a manager who bullies you at work can leave you feeling anxious. You dread going to work. If the incidents are bad enough, they can send you mentally crashing and searching for time in your schedule to visit a therapist. You feel down and depressed, miserable, frustrated, and in need of a mental health day. As we spend the majority of our lives at work, this is not the way to spend your days. In my career as a Life Coach, I have talked with specialized Business Coaches who work with high-level executives. These CEO types can be a breed of “Difficult” all their own. They excel at business, which is why they’ve made it to the top, but many run in to trouble after they’ve crawled all over subordinates to get there. That’s when CEO stands for: (C) Can’t (E) Empathize with (O) Others!      Sub·or·di·nate: lower in rank or position; a person under the authority or control of another within an organization; treat or regard as of lesser importance. When it comes to top managers being bullies to their co-workers, they’re savvy. They didn’t get to the top of the corporate ladder by being stupid, so they know just how far they can push the limits of harassment before getting called out. They walk the proverbial fence of “nice-enough”, competent, business guy versus “jerk-at-work”. Why don’t they get called out more often for their “insensitive” (and I self-edited something nicer with that word) ways? Think about it, who wants to risk losing their job by making a complaint against the boss? This is why the incidents of employee mistreatment and bullying can go on for years and years before boss-man is sent to a specialized CEO or Business Life Coach or Counselor. Usually, they are ordered

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The He Said/She Said of Sexual Harassment

He exposed himself. She took a picture with her cell phone. He thought she was sending a text.  Her attorney is now using this evidence in a case against him. She says he has been harassing her.  He says his version of the game, “I’ll show you mine, if you show me yours”, was consensual.  She says it was not. He said/She said.  Who is telling the truth? These are the muddy waters of navigating through allegations of sexual harassment. When I decided to divert from my usual talk radio format and open it up to victims of workplace sexual harassment, I wasn’t prepared for the floodgates to open.  To describe what I have been hearing from women who wanted to tell me their stories, would be to use adjectives such as shocking, disgusting, disheartening, frustrating, and unjust.  The women continue to reach out.  They just want to be believed. Not being believed was really troubling for them, but a close second was having their owners, supervisors and managers discount or dismiss their reports.  Too often their reports got dismissed with a “don’t do it again, Bob”.  This leaves the women feeling helpless and further traumatized. Don’t believe me?  Listen to the podcast of my guest; a very well known, professional Salina woman who tells her truth. She is credible. She is believable. She is brave to tell her story and she is an advocate for women. Find her truth, and those of other victims, in these excerpts of what I’ve been hearing from the woman who are contacting me.  This is what they are reporting as their truth of sexual, workplace harassment: He said to her, “I’m going to stick a pop bottle up your ass”.  When asked why, he said, “I just wanted to get you excited”. He

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Nail That Job Interview

With so many people losing jobs and out of work, you need to prepare for your next job interview. When that door opens and you are given the opportunity of an interview, you need to sit your butt in the chair with an attitude of you’re “in it to win it”! Here are some tips for nailing that interview that I have gleaned from years of sitting on the boss-man side of the desk that decides whether or not you will get the job. First, if you walk in to an interview dressed like a streetwalker, and I’m not your wanna be pimp, don’t waste my time. If your personal style is the grunge look, and you pride yourself on that dumpster diver find, but you’re not interviewing for a position as a trash truck driver (on second thought, even if you are…) clean it up. Dress a notch above the part of the job you are being hired for. For example, if you’re going for that dot com job where everyone is a cool version of Steve Jobs and the dress code is jeans, t-shirts and flip flops, wear your nicest jeans and a collared polo with nice, clean, closed-toe shoes. You get the idea. I can tell you that from all the interviews I have done, if someone walks in looking unsuitable for the job, the blah, blah, blah of questions that ensues is all for show. There’s not a chance in hell they’re getting the job, and I’m likely going to cut the interview short. Again, don’t waste my time. Second, don’t be too cocky. There’s a fine line between confident and cocky and I remember well the nice looking young man who nailed “the look” for the job but spent so much time telling me how

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