out-of-the-box thinking

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Noun1.out-of-the-box thinking - thinking that moves away in diverging directions so as to involve a variety of aspects and which sometimes lead to novel ideas and solutions; associated with creativity
creative thinking, creativeness, creativity - the ability to create
cerebration, intellection, mentation, thinking, thought process, thought - the process of using your mind to consider something carefully; "thinking always made him frown"; "she paused for thought"
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It aims at instilling futuristic mind-set, out-of-the-box thinking and leadership traits in the new generation.
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Such initiatives are very much aligned with our CSR platform "Jood" that encourages innovative, out-of-the-box thinking among the younger generation.
The robotics team was created to introduce students to real-life engineering and science research, encourage out-of-the-box thinking, and foster self confidence, time management, communication, teamwork and leadership.
Out-of-the-box thinking will help realise the unconventional ambitions Dubai is synonymous with.
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He said that innovative ideas, out-of-the-box thinking and latest technology were essential to compete with the rest of the world.
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