Throughout lockdown, « thinking out of the box » was not just another buzzword. It was a necessity.
Over these 2 years, in my tiny home office in the most remote part of Normandy, I remained connected to the world thanks to the internet and I made amazing encounters and discoveries.
Those 3 discoveries have 2 amazing women and a fantastic man in common : Melanie Martinelli, Shilpa Subramaniam and Jimbo Clark. Today, I'd like to pay a tribute to Jimbo and his world famous B❒x.
Jimbo was born and raised in the U.S. and has lived in Taiwan for over 20 years. He is an adult-learning innovation genius. Paradoxically, we met under lockdown, him in Taipei and I in Normandy. Who said you couldn't travel in Covid times ?
Jimbo founded Innogreat, with this welcoming statement:
In a nutshell, nothing great gets done without ambition. And Jimbo applies this principle to what he does best: innovation in the field of adult learning. The B❒x is his masterwork. Jimbo's been working at it for over 15 years: facilitating with it, refining it, sharing it... with creativity and generosity.
Outside, what people can perceive of it: our behaviors, our opinions.
Inside, what drives you to behave the way we do: our thoughts, beliefs, emotions. Long story short, the filters through which we see and interact with the world around us.
Just as everyone has their one and only worldview, everyone has their one and only B❒x.
Our B❒x is made of the learnings we made throughout life. It allows us to form our opinion, to solve problems, to make decisions. It is "perfectly designed to take us where we are now". Therefore, thinking out of the B❒x doesn't mean getting rid of it. We all need a B❒x to live in society.
But when we need to answer a challenging question, our B❒x can become too tight. Flexing our worldview then becomes an interesting way to answer our challenging question. It is this flexing process that Jimbo's B❒x embodies brilliantly.
Everybody has a unique worldview. No one is asking me to change mine, but if my worldview is not helpful to solve a challenge, flexing it is an option worth exploring. I get to choose what I want to change and how.
The physical B❒x takes us through a proven line of questioning that help me explore my worldview and ends with commitments, after helping me express my needs. Because it's simple and classical, it works on an infinite variety of topics.
The first thing I did with my B❒x was to make it mine. A straightforward way to realise my worldview is unique.
When I first I put my B❒x on my head, it felt stiff and narrow. But gradually, as I worked on the various sides of my B❒x, openings and foldings made it more comfortable to wear. As my thinking was slowly becoming more flexible, the B❒x on my head was becoming more cosy. Looking out, listening was becoming easier as well. My physical sensations perfectly matched my cognitive thinking.
Going through the process makes introspection fun. Going out on the street with our B❒x on our heads, taking crazy selfies in a crowded area is also part of the fun. Possibilities are endless.
The B❒x is full of discreet nudges to note, remember, anchor learnings, ask for feedback... Leaving the session, I have put a lot of myself into this cardboard companion, but if I'm serious about answering my challenging question, there is a lot more I can do with it to make my answers come true.
Freshly certified to use the B❒x in my coaching programmes, I am currently designing a group coaching programme about self-confidence for a client. She immediately felt the potential of this wonderful thinking companion.
To be followed!
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