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Intuit Outside the Box

Intuit Outside the Box

As a leader, do you have difficulties thinking outside the box in brainstorming meetings? There are several reasons that this might be the case; however, in this article, I want to explain what is likely your most difficult challenge. This challenge has to do with your MBTITM personality type. Thinking outside the box is a creative process requiring the use of intuition, yet, few business managers have intuition as the dominant function of their personality type.

When faced with any goal, we naturally rely on our dominant functions, and for most leaders, that means using either introverted sensing or extraverted thinking. The problem is that both introverted sensing and extraverted thinking are convergent. Introverted sensors look to their paradigms for a solution, and extraverted thinkers try to linearly converge on a single correct answer.  But thinking outside the box is a divergent activity.

Rather than Thinking Outside the Box, the term Intuiting Outside the box is more aligned with divergently creating new ideas for problem-solving, innovation, and strategy. We can all use our creative intuition, and in fact, might subconsciously use it to defend your dominant thinking or sensing function. For example, dominant thinkers will tend to imagine ulterior motives to those who didn’t follow a logically linear path to a new idea, and sensors will dream-up all kinds of dangers in doing something new.

Learning to use their creative intuition is a skill that leaders can learn. However, the first step is to overcome any mistrust they have of intuition. They must keep in mind that evaluating new non-linear ideas still requires extraverted thinking to select the best ideas and to act as a safe-guard against bad ideas.