The Box People

This is a story about the people that lived in a box. They were very happy in their box.  They knew the bounds of their box.  There were eight corners in their box and this made the box people very happy.  They knew where each of the corners in their box was.  Sometimes issues came up.  This was not a problem for the box people because they knew they could pull together and solve all of the problems.  Problems were dealt with in a very efficient manner.

One day one of the box people noticed that there was a problem.  He gathered all of the box people and they all agreed, “Yes there is a problem.”  The problem seemed to be growing too. The box people were becoming agitated.  “That problem,” one of the box people said, “it is not going away.”  “In fact, I dare say that it is getting worse.”  No one wanted to admit it, but they knew that it was true, the problem was growing.  The now agitated, and truth be told concerned, people of the box were all looking around at one another wondering who was going to solve the problem.  No one, I mean absolutely no one, was stepping up and taking hold of the problem.

But why-oh-why, the box people wondered, can’t we take care of this problem?  Never in the whole history of the box people had they faced a problem that they couldn’t solve.  Worry and angst were now consuming their lives.  As their doom seemed certain their faces grew long, almost rectangular one might say.  But something was about to happen that would become almost legend.  Oh heck, almost nothing – it did become legend.  It came from a very young box.  He stood there looking at the problem, which was very hard to miss now because it was so large, and he said, “The problem is out there.”  Out there?  Now there were there’s and here’s to be sure, but no one had ever heard of an “out” there before.  “See, the problem is not here in our box it is outside of the box.”  Well their little box eyes grew larger and larger as they realized that the little box was absolutely correct the problem was indeed outside of the box.  But their momentary joy quickly turned to despair; if the problem is out there then the solution must be out there too.  No one had ever been outside of the box.

But as I said, this is about a legend.  Amid all of the downcast faces, the little box said, “Just because no one has ever been out of the box doesn’t mean someone couldn’t!”  Everyone looked down at the little box with the big idea.  “You know, I suppose he is right.”  Call these boxes what you will-but they all lined right up and volunteered to be the first to go “out there” and take a look at the problem from the other side.  Funny thing was, once they got outside, they found that the problem was not so big after all.  In fact as they got out and looked around they renamed the problem, they called it an opportunity because they learned so much more existed outside of their little box world.

Well, the rest is history; the boxes began to lose their edges as they thought more and more outside of the box.  They found all kinds of neat things existed “out there” and by-in-by the decided to tear down the box.

Boxes are not good places for us.  We need to tap into our resources – find better ways to do our jobs, become more efficient, serve our clients and be a leader in the market. Take a look out there and see if you can find ways to make our company better than we could have imagined – inside the box.

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  1. The Ed Buzz

     /  November 24, 2011

    I like this analogy. People feel comfort inside their boxes. However, it’s that comfort which eventually creates the problem. Thanks again


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