Outside the box?

Thinking “outside the box”.

My kids know this phrase. They know what people mean when they use it – usually that people are not letting arbitrary boundaries set limits to their problem solving.

But they had no idea (when asked), where the phrase originated and why. Do you?

The term as I used to know it was “outside the dots”. This refers to a simple puzzle used by pop psychology management consultants to make clients feel inferior (or so says Wiki, and certainly when I was at IBM it was used in this way): Here it is.
You have 9 dots:

The challenge is to connect the dots by drawing four straight, continuous lines, never lifting the pencil from the paper.

The solution, of course, is simple, but you must, of course, “think outside the box”

That, of course, is all the hint you should need….. well, it’s more than the management consultants give you, anyway!

BUT… if you’re stumped, then…..

Here’s a solution….


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