Poll: Staying "Outside the Box" when Parrots Advance

Last Updated Apr 4, 2008 9:03 AM EDT

Today's poll asks how you would handle a mixed signal from your boss.
Your Dilemma: Your boss constantly claims he wants "outside the box" thinkers. Yet each time the staff meets to present ideas to him, he always chooses from those pitches that fit inside his own box, that seem to parrot the ideas he has long favored. He says he wants originality and innovation, but ultimately he seems to prefer familiar concepts that feel as though they could have sprung from his own head.

You are an "outside the box" thinker, naturally, but it's getting you nowhere. Your ideas are never chosen.[poll id=33]Is this a problem, or just corporate reality? Is compromise the only way to survive in business? Tell us your opinion on this dilemma in the comments section.

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