Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity

This science-backed, step-by step method can maximize our creative potential in any sphere of life. Keith sawyer draws from his expansive research of the creative journey, exceptional creators, and world-changing innovations to create an accessible, creative abilities, eight-step program to increasing anyone's creative potential.

Offers a proven method for developing new ideas and creative problem-solving no matter what your profession Includes an eight-step method, 30 practices, and more than 100 techniques that can be launched at any point in a creative journey Psychologist, jazz pianist, and author Keith Sawyer studied with world-famous creativity expert Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Sawyer's book offers a wealth of easy to apply strategies and ideas for anyone who wants to tap into their creative power.

. Sawyer reveals the surprising secrets of highly creative people such as learning to ask better questions when faced with a problem, demonstrates how to come up with better ideas, and explains how to carry those ideas to fruition most effectively. A science-backed method to maximize creative potential in any sphere of life With the prevalence of computer technology and outsourcing, new jobs and fulfilling lives will rely heavily on creativity and innovation.


Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind

Kaufman and gregoire untangle a series of paradoxes— like mindfulness and daydreaming, openness and sensitivity, seriousness and play, and solitude and collaboration – to show that it is by embracing our own contradictions that we are able to tap into our deepest creativity. Discover the ten things highly creative people do differently.

Is it possible to make sense of something as elusive as creativity? Based on psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman’s groundbreaking research and Carolyn Gregoire’s popular article in the Huffington Post, Wired to Create offers a glimpse inside the “messy minds” of highly creative people. Revealing the latest findings in neuroscience and psychology, along with engaging examples of artists and innovators throughout history, the book shines a light on the practices and habits of mind that promote creative thinking.

Each chapter explores one of the ten attributes and habits of highly creative people: imaginative play * passion * daydreaming * solitude * intuition * openness to experience * Mindfulness * Sensitivity * Turning Adversity into Advantage * Thinking Differently With insights from the work and lives of Pablo Picasso, David Foster Wallace, Josephine Baker, Frida Kahlo, Marcel Proust, musician Thom Yorke, video-game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, John Lennon, Thomas Edison, and many other creative luminaries, chess champion Josh Waitzkin, Michael Jackson, Wired to Create helps us better understand creativity – and shows us how to enrich this essential aspect of our lives.


Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention Harper Perennial Modern Classics

Most important, he explains why creativity needs to be cultivated and is necessary for the future of our country, if not the world. He discusses such ideas as why creative individuals are often seen as selfish and arrogant, and why the "tortured genius" is largely a myth. Legendary psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi “The leading researcher into ‘flow states.

Newsweek reveals what leads to these moments—be it the excitement of the artist at the easel or the scientist in the lab—so that this knowledge can be used to enrich people's lives. The classic study of the creative process from the bestselling author of FlowCreativity is about capturing those moments that make life worth living.

Drawing on nearly one hundred interviews with exceptional people, from biologists and physicists, to politicians and business leaders, as well as his thirty years of research on the subject, to poets and artists, Csikszentmihalyi uses his famous flow theory to explore the creative process.

The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great Ideas

How to get past the most common myths about creativity to design truly innovative strategies We tend to think of creativity in terms reminiscent of the ancient muses: divinely-inspired, unpredictable, and bestowed upon a lucky few. Answers questions such as: what causes us to be creative in one moment and void in the next? what makes someone more or less creative than his or her peers? Where do our flashes of creative insight come from, and how can we generate more of them? Debunks 10 common myths, including: the Eureka Myth; the Lone Creator Myth; the Incentive Myth; and The Brainstorming Myth Written by David Burkus, or who makes excuses for delaying the work of innovation, founder of popular leadership blog LDRLB For anyone who struggles with creativity, The Myths of Creativity will help you overcome your obstacles to finding new ideas.

Based on the latest research into how creative individuals and firms succeed, to finding the best new ideas, grounded in reality, projects, processes, David Burkus highlights the mistaken ideas that hold us back and shows us how anyone can embrace a practical approach, and programs. But when our jobs challenge us to be creative on demand, we must develop novel, useful ideas that will keep our organizations competitive.

The myths of Creativity demystifies the processes that drive innovation.

Your Memory: How It Works and How to Improve It

Dr. Do you want to stop forgetting appointments, birthdays, and other important dates? Work more efficiently at your job? Study less and get better grades? Remember the names and faces of people you meet? The good news is that it's all possible. Higbee reveals how simple techniques, and phonetic systems, like the Link, can be incorporated into your everyday life and how you can also use these techniques to learn foreign languages faster than you thought possible, Peg, Loci, remember details you would have otherwise forgotten, and overcome general absentmindedness.

Your memory will help to expand your memory abilities beyond what you thought possible. Higbee also includes sections on aging and memory and the latest information on the use of mnemonics.

Performance Breakthrough: A Radical Approach to Success at Work

Break through to your peak performance!whether you're navigating your way on a new team, expanding your leadership role, or just trying to get heard in a meeting, you're facing the kind of workplace challenge we all run into sooner or later: you need a new performance. In performance breakthrough, cathy salit presents the revolutionary strategies that she's proven successful through over twenty years' experience custom-creating workshops for powerhouse clients including American Express, Nike, Coca-Cola, and DIRECTV.

. Artfully blending techniques from theatrical performance with the new science of performative psychology, Salit guides readers through forging new relationships guaranteed to yield greater success and satisfaction. Performance breakthrough outlines proven techniques, stronger relationships, including taking an emotional inventory; crafting new scripts for greater confidence, and better outcomes; building ensembles; improvising; and listening--really listening--including accepting others' criticism and input.

No matter what your challenge, case studies, practical exercises, Salit's innovative philosophy, and inspiring advice will help you deliver your own top performance.

Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration

Sharing the results of his own acclaimed research on jazz groups, and conversation analysis, Keith Sawyer shows us how to be more creative in collaborative group settings, how to change organizational dynamics for the better, theater ensembles, and how to tap into our own reserves of creativity. A fascinating account of human experience at its best.

Mihály csíkszentmihályi, best pursued alone; schools, organizations, author of FlowCreativity has long been thought to be an individual gift, and whole industries are built on this idea. But what if the most common beliefs about how creativity works are wrong? Group Genius tears down some of the most popular myths about creativity, revealing that creativity is always collaborative--even when you're alone.


Explaining Creativity: The Science of Human Innovation

The book summarizes and integrates a broad range of research in psychology and related scientific fields. In the last 40 years, psychologists, anthropologists, and sociologists have devoted increased attention to creativity; we now know more about creativity than at any point in history. He moves beyond the individual to consider the social and cultural contexts of creativity, including the role of collaboration in the creative process.

Explaining creativity is an accessible introduction to the latest scientific research on creativity. Explaining creativity considers not only arts like painting and writing, business innovation, stage performance, but also science, and creativity in everyday life. Sawyer's approach is interdisciplinary. In addition to examining psychological studies on creativity, contexts, and networks of creative activity, he draws on anthropologists' research on creativity in non-Western cultures, sociologists' research on the situations, and cognitive neuroscientists' studies of the brain.


Ten Types of Innovation: The Discipline of Building Breakthroughs

Details how you can use these innovation principles to bring about meaningful—and sustainable—growth within your organization Author Larry Keeley is a world renowned speaker, and president and co-founder of Doblin, innovation consultant, the innovation practice of Monitor Group; BusinessWeek named Keeley one of seven Innovation Gurus who are changing the field The Ten Types of Innovation concept has influenced thousands of executives and companies around the world since its discovery in 1998.

. The framework has proven to be one of the most enduring and useful ways to start thinking about transformation. The ten types of innovation explores these insights to diagnose patterns of innovation within industries, to identify innovation opportunities, and to evaluate how firms are performing against competitors.

The ten types of Innovation is the first book explaining how to implement it. Innovation principles to bring about meaningful and sustainable growth in your organization Using a list of more than 2, early IBM mainframes, including Cirque du Soleil, and many more, the Ford Model-T, 000 successful innovations, the authors applied a proprietary algorithm and determined ten meaningful groupings—the Ten Types of Innovation—that provided insight into innovation.


The Designing for Growth Field Book: A Step-by-Step Project Guide

Readers learn to identify an opportunity, develop concepts, make prototypes, draft a design brief, solicit feedback from stakeholders, establish design criteria, create napkin pitches, conduct research, brainstorm, and run learning launches. Designing for growth: a design thinking Tool Kit for Managers D4G showed how organizations can use design thinking to boost innovation and drive growth.

This second edition is suitable for projects in business, practical advice, with all-new tools, and government contexts, nonprofit, and facilitation tips. A new introduction discusses the relationship between strategy and design thinking. This updated and expanded companion guide is a stand-alone project workbook that provides a step-by-step framework for applying the D4G tool kit and process to a particular project, systematically explaining how to address the four key questions of the design thinking approach.

In the field book, jeanne liedtka, tim Ogilvie, and Rachel Brozenske guide readers through the design process with reminders of key D4G takeaways as they progress.

Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work

Chip and dan heath, the bestselling authors of Switch and Made to Stick, tackle one of the most critical topics in our work and personal lives: how to make better decisions. Research in psychology has revealed that our decisions are disrupted by an array of biases and irrationalities: We’re overconfident.

Written in an engaging and compulsively readable style, from a rock star’s ingenious decision-making trick to a CEO’s disastrous acquisition, Decisive takes readers on an unforgettable journey, to a single question that can often resolve thorny personal decisions. Along the way, we learn the answers to critical questions like these: how can we stop the cycle of agonizing over our decisions? How can we make group decisions without destructive politics? And how can we ensure that we don’t overlook precious opportunities to change our course?    Decisive is the Heath brothers’ most powerful—and important—book yet, offering fresh strategies and practical tools enabling us to make better choices.

When it comes to making choices, it seems, our brains are flawed instruments. We seek out information that supports us and downplay information that doesn’t. Unfortunately, merely being aware of these shortcomings doesn’t fix the problem, any more than knowing that we are nearsighted helps us to see. The real question is: how can we do better?   In Decisive, the Heaths, based on an exhaustive study of the decision-making literature, introduce a four-step process designed to counteract these biases.

Because the right decision, at the right moment, can make all the difference. We get distracted by short-term emotions.