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Thinking Outside the Box

We’ve all heard the expression – and probably said it ourselves – “Think outside the box.” The expression comes from this puzzle. The puzzle requires you to connect the 9 dots (organized into 3 rows of 3 dots) using only 4 straight lines without picking up your pencil.

It’s a challenge because the natural instinct is to work on the puzzle ‘feeling’ restricted by the imaginary box framing the 9 dots. The puzzle is only solvable if you allow the lines to extend beyond the ‘imaginary box.’

B9D consults, coaches and provides seminars and keynote speakers on leadership, decision-making, critical thinking, power brainstorming™, sales management,  and product development.

A consulting leader since 1992, B9D is a consortium of senior-level leadership, marketing and sales executives with backgrounds in the converging industries of technology, consumer electronics, and telecommunications.

B9D, Inc is celebrating 25 years in business.

Client’s past and current include:

  • The American Legion
  • 3COM
  • AMA
  • Amoco
  • Assembled Circuits
  • Avalon
  • Avery Dennison
  • Bell Canada
  • Bell Sygma Information Services Calgene, Davis, CA
  • Daytron,CA
  • Delphi
  • Drake Beam Morin
  • Dunham & Assoc.
  • Edventions
  • Fabrik Industries
  • IMAS, St. Charles, IL
  • Inet
  • Lucent Technologies
  • Marsh U.S.
  • Metamor, Chicago, IL
  • Mindsight Communications
  • Motorola
  • Northern Telecom (Nortel), Rochester, NY
  • ORA, Chatsworth, CA
  • Oracle
  • Sales Consultancy, Dallas, TX
  • Siemens Telecom
  • Sounding Board Magazine
  • Stentor Resource Center
  • Techsellents
  • Telephony Magazine
  • Wireless Review Magazine
  • Worldspace, Washington DC

Seth Godin’s (author of Purple Cow and Free Prize Inside) new book, The Bull Market, lists B9D, Inc. as one of the examples of the Bull market. 

Founder and President: Hazel Wagner

Dr. Wagner is the Brain Facilitator and Whole Brain Speaker, and presents workshops, keynotes, and speeches for hundreds of companies in the U.S., Europe and Asia-Pacific.  She has a PhD in Mathematics from Northwestern University and an MBA from DePaul University.

Click here for more background on Dr. Hazel Wagner.

Partner and Senior Consultant: DAVID M. MARINELLO

A 30-year veteran of the business world, Mr. Marinello has held a number of senior level positions, including: president, Audio Products Inc.; global director of consumer electronics, Delphi Corporation; senior vice president and corporate officer of marketing and sales, Jensen International; vice president, Pioneer Electronics USA; and vice president and general manager, American Mobile Satellite Corporation. Products developed during Mr. Marinello’s stewardship won more than 30 major consumer electronics honors, including several of the Consumer Electronics Association’s New Product of the Year awards. His ideas and products have contributed more than $1,000,000,000 in revenue to the companies and clients that he has served.