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Think out of the Box Is Outdated, Think in High Definition Instead

Think out of the Box Is Outdated, Think in High Definition Instead
From Lifehack - November 9, 2017

Whenever I hear someone say think outside the box, I start to wonder why there is a box in the first place. Personally, I dont think inside the box, I dont think outside the box, I dont even know where the box is!Whenever I hear someone say think outside the box, I start to wonder why there is a box in the first place. Personally, I dont think inside the box, I dont think outside the box, I dont even know where the box is!

We constrain our self when we box ourselves in. When we do this, we fail to see solutions outside of the status quo. If you have boxed yourself in simply get rid of the box. For me, Lean Six Sigma helps to remove the box.

Think of watching a movie in high definition (HD), can you recall what an image looked like prior to HD television? Similarly, looking at the world through the lens of a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt or Master Black Belt provides us a high-resolution and clear image of a problem.

Lean Six Sigma is a skill that will not only improve our metacognitive capacity, but a skill that will improve our earning capacity as well. Some of the most successful businesses in the world use this as well. This one skill set will not only transform the way you think, but it will also make you extremely marketable to top organizations looking for change agents and problem solvers.

What is Lean Six Sigma?

Lean Six Sigma is an unconventional problem-solving approach that forces you to literally think outside the box. Some of the most successful people to walk this planet have used it. Jack Welch used it to transform General Electric and powerful companies such a Toyota and Amazon use it and similar approaches every day to radically improve their organization.

Lean Six Sigma is a customer focused and data-driven problem-solving method with the goal of improving quality, cost, and speed. It uses the DMAIC problem-solving methodology, where you:

Lean Six Sigma not only allows us the ability to solve a problem, but it educates us on what a problem is. A problem is essentially a gap between how we view reality and what reality actually is. It is a framework for understanding our paradigm and our mental models within the world we live in.

Now that you have a basic understanding of what it is and why you should learn it, lets take a look at my top 4 tools and techniques within Lean Six Sigma.

Learning to See by Mapping Out Your Process

The first thing we must understand is that we must see the process and stop operating blind. You can learn to see by mapping out your process.

By mapping out the process from point to point, we find it easier to uncover waste. Furthermore, by mapping out a process we start to see an accurate picture with a higher resolution.

5-Why

Remove Waste

Pareto Principle

Seeing Beyond the Problem

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