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'We like to bring together people from radically different fields and wait for the friction to produce heat, light and magic. Sometimes it takes a while.'
'What if this time, more heads has made us more stupid?'
'Is this where they're conducting the focus group?'
'We had a group think about implementing paradigm shifting re-prioritisations of our inward facing media strategy in order to enhance our communication with the average man on the street.'
'Smith, we need more creativity. You have to learn to think outside the box.'
Deep in the heart of the RAND think tank, the world's greatest scientists would gather to brainstorm Batman's fight sounds.
'The government is telling us to get rid of 43% of meaningless targets within the next 6 months!'
'I'm still not sure HOW it happened. One minute, we were bouncing ideas off each other, and the next thing I knew, we were using furniture instead!'
Three office doors: 'Idea People,' 'Make It Happen People,' and 'Make it Like This Never Happened People.'
'Now that's the kind of 'outside the box' thinking I've been talking about.'
'Get these over to the acronym department A.S.A.P.'
'As a team we can create problems none of us could cause as individuals.'
Thought too far outside the box.
'They never let you forget that your intellectual property belongs to them.'
'These are excellent solutions you've come up with, I'd hate to waste them on our current trivial problems.'
'As Plan B's go it's radical, but it's a sure fire way of slashing public spending...'
"That's amazing - I was just thinking the same thing."
"How about you just shout out ideas and I'll keep writing them down until this Post-it is all filled up."
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'To put it simply, our policy just isn't complicated enough.'
'I'd love to add something to this discussion but I have no idea what we're talking about.'
The Think Tank
'Everyone likes to bounce things off the boss.'
Head of Decisive Action - 'What do the focus groups think we should do?'