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  • Writer's pictureMelanie Reinersman

Outside the Box: Using Resources Beyond Your Desk

Updated: May 27, 2020

Despite sounding ordinary, in and out are very powerful prepositions. Someone may be “out of a job”, or “in a career search mode.” We are encouraged to “think outside the box” as well as “look inward.” For a career development practitioner, examining and applying the words “in and out” to daily work habits, could lead to discovering the value of actions beyond one’s purlieus. ~ David M. Reile, Ph.D.

FOCUS ON: How to Get Out of the Box

Your clients may not know how to think outside the box, so first make sure you know. It starts with self-awareness (try an assessment) then moves through a four step process. Wouldn’t it be good for you to define your box, your bias and your beliefs – then collapse the walls? Read more.

YOUR LIBRARY: Trusted Recommendations

You know you should take time to read more, yet somehow the decision of which book to read now is difficult. So much in print is of value in the areas of Executive Coaching, Leadership Development, Talent Management, and Team Development. Just as you would trust a colleague’s recommendation, check out this virtual bookcase from an executive coach.

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES: The Benefits of the Campus Tour

Learning about academic life from the perspective of future students (and parents) can be eye-opening. What is the college promoting? (Hint: think new rec centers.) Who is on the tour? (Hint: not just high school seniors.) What are the best (and worst) questions to ask on a tour? Since the college-bound may be the population you are addressing, why not get out and take a tour? Read more from US News.


Winner of the 2016 Chicago Innovation Award, “The Mom Project” creates careers that are outside the box for mothers. This “digital talent marketplace and community connects professionally accomplished women with companies for rewarding opportunities” including project work, parental leave coverage, and permanent staffing. It’s revolutionizing the way we work – not to mention building a leadership career for its founder and CEO. Read more at

TOP TEN: Innovative Companies to Work For

Cutting-edge corporations offer creative perks to keep employees happy. Look inside the box and you see compensation, but look outside the box and you find flexible work schedules, cultural inclusiveness, free travel for spouses, and extended parental leave. Read about the top companies that offer innovative business models.


“The trouble in corporate America is that too many people with too much power live in a box (their home), then travel the same road every day to another box (their office).” - Faith Popcorn
“Christmas is forever, not for just one day, for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.The good you do for others is good you do yourself.” - Norman Wesley Brooks


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