thinking inside the box

think inside the box

To have a very conventional, traditional, or uncreative way of thinking or coming up with ideas. The company is in dire straits, ladies and gentlemen. We can no longer keep thinking inside the box if we want to survive. I love really imaginative stories, but I just can't help thinking inside the box whenever I try to write one of my own.
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thinking inside the box

Follow tested paths that have been proven effective. In an article on relationships entitled, “Thinking Inside the Box,” Eliezer Sobel concluded that both relationships and health care benefit from thinking inside the box. “When seeking professional help,” he wrote, “find people inside the box. Especially dentists. Things outside that box can get really scary” (Huffington Post, August 10, 2010). See also outside the box.
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They cover thinking inside the box: defining the problem, thinking outside the box: real living standards and real labor productivity, and policy implications.
Sessions will cover a range of competencies, with highlights including a discussion workshop, Thinking inside the box, which explores areas of low vision, paediatric dispensing and optical appliances, as well as a contact lens-based peer discussion."
That was more like thinking inside the box, than outside it.
This knotty little puzzle is all about thinking inside the box. The brainchild of Dutch inventor Guido Lap, it uses simple elements to stretch your spatial reasoning to new limits.
Lifetime Brands is also thinking inside the box with regard to upstairs dinnerware.
Labou and ar the usi "Labour have had this brainwave and are unable to think outside the box," said Campbell, who usually did his thinking inside the box, that thinking largely being "welly it".
You grow up thinking inside the box. There is a basic list of jobs you choose from.
9th Dot's mission is to perfect the user experience by bringing thinking inside the box. Having launched under the basic premise that consumers have waited too long for a simple and consistent means of sharing their innovative ideas for improvements with businesses, and that individuals deserved a reward if their idea is implemented, 9th Dot intends to revolutionize the way businesses engage with their customers.
Last year's finalist, ventriloquist, Steve Hewett, pictured right, will be bringing his Thinking Inside the Box tour to the Darington Civic Theatre on June 26.
Britain's Got Talent ventriloquist Steve Hewlett, who shot to fame with his Arthur Lager and ''little'' Simon Cowell dummies, will perform a brand new show, Thinking Inside The Box, in March.
When it came to the new Safariland 7TS holster, they decided to do some crazy thinking inside the box.
Bob Rogers is encouraging business and community leaders to start thinking inside the box.
THINKING INSIDE THE BOX Louise Nevelson has always been one of my favorite sculptors and a few years ago I decided to try a Nevelson-inspired second-grade art lesson.