From the way in which books are kept to the way in which we manage our time, it seems as though we are urged to follow a strict set of rules that are written in stone. Direct marketing specialists at Loop New York City propose that, to be successful you need to reach for the sky and think outside the box.
“This makes a good bit of sense,” says the company’s director. “Entrepreneurs got where they are through innovative thinking and devising things that are unlike any others or a step ahead of the competition. In reality, that is what the successful entrepreneur does, think outside the box, and why business managers and leaders should learn to think like an entrepreneur.”
The first characteristic of a successful entrepreneur is that they are not afraid of failing. Too many managers and leaders work methodically and oftentimes slowly because of this fear of failing. Why not take a step outside the box, reach for the sky and let your ideas fly ahead? Rather than such a focus on method, let your office devise ways to speed or improve the process they are working on.
Also, Loop’s CEO believes that everything is always going to be a learning process. “You can’t expect to get it right the first time and each time thereafter,” she says. “It might sound sort of redundant but we always advise our clients to ‘learn how to learn.” If you can look at each little failure or glitch as an opportunity to learn and improve, you will have mastered the art of learning by your mistakes.
One of the final steps in learning to think outside the box is in finding ways to energise and inspire those around you. We have all worked with those leaders who always seem to bounce from one task to the next, but in order to pass this energy onto their business partners, these leaders need to learn to create a sort of emotional bond. Feed off each other’s’ energy so that the goal is in constant forward motion.
Certainly take refreshing breaks throughout the day, but in terms of the forward movement, spread the energy so that everyone is working on pace and going forward. Loop know that some of these suggestions may seem a bit unconventional but that is what thinking outside the box is and if you need proof – it’s in the pudding.
Look at the history of success that Loop is so proud of and you’ll see that unconventional thinking that doesn’t fit the mould can take you so much further (and much quicker!) than operating under outmoded models of business admin.