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Alan Iny is the senior specialist for creativity and scenarios at The Boston Consulting Group. He has trained thousands of executives and BCG consultants, runs a wide range of workshops across industries, and speaks around the world about coming up with product, service, and other ideas, developing a new strategic vision, and thinking creatively about the future. Before joining BCG in 2003, he earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and an honors BSc from McGill University in mathematics and management. Iny lives in New York with his wife and daughter.

He's the co-author of Thinking in New Boxes: A New Paradigm for Business Creativity.

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  • @CharlieGarland Oh wow, I absolutely love your response - many thanks Charlie. And I agree - you don't necessarily have to 'destroy the box'... but you can can certainly break all the rules of the box :)
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  • This is outstanding...and simple. I like the 'think in new boxes' metaphor. I have used a similar phrase previously when describing what 'thinking outside the box' actually means (to me, at least). I am perplexed by so many people referring to 'destroying the box'! That is the antithesis of what we should be doing. Boxes are GOOD. What's bad is remaining within only one of them. What's worse is not realizing (being conscious of the fact) that you are stuck inside that one. And what's tragic is not even knowing that there are (so many) other boxes out there. All you need to do is explore.

    Very well presented!
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  • 1. we help you discover smarter ways to think, grow, and live.
  • 2. This presentation consists of 10 highlights from the interview with @MoeAbdou, founder & host of 33voices®.
  • 3. Alan Iny Alan Iny is the senior specialist for creativity and scenarios at The Boston Consulting Group. He has trained thousands of executives and BCG consultants, runs a wide range of workshops across industries, and speaks around the world about coming up with product, service, and other ideas, developing a new strategic vision, and thinking creatively about the future. Before joining BCG in 2003, he earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and an honors BSc from McGill University in mathematics and management. @alan_iny
  • 4. 1 Human beings think in mental models; the only problem, however, is that every model has a finite lifespan.
  • 5. 2 Often, it’s success that blinds us from challenging our current business assumptions. never stop looking around the corner.
  • 6. 3 The best time to innovate is ALWAYS. Admired leaders are always looking for the next big thing.
  • 7. 4 If you find yourself stuck, it’s likely that you’ve failed to identify your current assumptions and constraints.
  • 8. 5 Thinking in new boxes starts when you ask the question, “What should we do?” not, “how should we do what we do?”
  • 9. 6 Want to ignite the creativity of your team? create a culture that fosters doubt.
  • 10. 7 Next time you’re looking for a fresh perspective on an old idea, follow these five steps:
  • 11. 7 Next time you’re looking for a fresh perspective on an old idea, follow these five steps: Doubt everything Treat all of your ideas as working hypothesis, they’re subject to change.
  • 12. 7 Next time you’re looking for a fresh perspective on an old idea, follow these five steps: Probe the possible Ask a lot of questions
  • 13. 7 Next time you’re looking for a fresh perspective on an old idea, follow these five steps: Diverge Brainstorm;everything goes.
  • 14. 7 Next time you’re looking for a fresh perspective on an old idea, follow these five steps: Converge Synthesize the ideas in the ‘Diverge’ stage, but set your criteria in advance.
  • 15. 7 Next time you’re looking for a fresh perspective on an old idea, follow these five steps: Reevaluate relentlessly look to make your ideas obsolete.
  • 16. 8 Your breakthroughs are at the intersection of inductive and deductive thinking:
  • 17. 8 Your breakthroughs are at the intersection of inductive and deductive thinking: Deductive thinking is the logical ‘what I know’ approach
  • 18. 8 Your breakthroughs are at the intersection of inductive and deductive thinking: Inductive thinking is the creative extending the range of possibilities
  • 19. 8 Your breakthroughs are at the intersection of inductive and deductive thinking: Inductive thinking is the creative extending the range of possibilities
  • 20. 9 The timespan of an idea is getting shorter; kill it or you might be killed.
  • 21. 10 Sometimes the best thinking is no thinking at all. try reflecting instead.
  • 22. REALLY REFLECT... Pick the one thing that you do best, and doubt your assumptions. Does anything change?
  • 23. Connect WITH US! Tell us what you think Chase@33voices.com