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When Did People First ‘Think Outside The Box’?

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10 Low-Impact Ways To Chase Away Stress 1. Take deep breaths. 2. Take a walk outside the office. 3. Say no to what you don’t have time to do. 4. Leave work on time. 5. Lower demands you put on yourself. 6. Ask questions of and talk with co-workers. 7. Take care of taxing tasks in the morning to get them out of the way. 8. Look at large projects as a series of steps to complete one by one. 9. Laugh at least once a day. 10. Live in the moment. Don’t dwell in the past or worry

“Think outside the box” has become a cliché. People have used the term to describe creative, innovative thinking, and its value is clear: Sometimes we have to throw away all our preconceptions and look for new approaches instead of repeating the same old strategies. But where did the phrase come from? Although its origin is uncertain, it seems to spring from a simple puzzle popularized by management consultants in the late 1960s. In the puzzle, nine dots are arranged in three rows of three. The challenge is to connect all the dots with four lines while not lifting one’s pen or pencil off the paper. The problem seems insoluble at first glance, because most people instinctively stay within the confines of the “box”—the square created by the nine dots. Only by drawing a line beyond the area of the square can one solve the puzzle. You have to go outside the box.

Practice Safe Computing While Online

Using your computer safely isn’t all about ergonomics. You have to be careful not to risk the damage that can Who’s Smart Now? come from being hacked, phished, contaminated by viruses, or having your personal information stolen. Here’s how: A group of boys at the local drugstore would always tease a little boy named Johnny. The manager of the • Protect your computer. Do your homework on the best drugstore felt sorry for the kid, and he noticed that the antivirus software for your system. Install a strong older boys liked to play a particular prank on Johnny: They firewall to prevent intruders from getting access to your would hold out a dime and a nickel and tell him to take computer. Keep track of the latest security patches to deal one. with vulnerabilities you may not be aware of right now. Johnny always took the nickel, saying that coin had to And back up your hard drive so you won’t lose everything be better because it was bigger. Every day they played the in an emergency. same joke, over and over again, laughing • Protect your information. Limit the amount of personal when Johnny chose the nickel. data you share with any website, particularly financial One day the manager took information like credit card or Social Security numbers. Johnny to one side. “Son, there’s Read the privacy policies of sites you visit frequently to something you ought to know—those find out what they do with the information they gather. boys are tricking you. A dime is worth Avoid file-sharing online—viruses and spyware can easily twice as much as a nickel.” sneak onto your hard drive. And use common sense when “Quiet!” the little boy whispered. working at a public computer (in the library, for example): “I’ve already made 10 bucks off Don’t let the computer save your logon information, and those boys!” clear your browsing history before you leave.

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Fuel For Thought April 2010  

Fuel For Thought April 2010 edition