Tag Archives: Creative ability in business.

Rebel talent: why it pays to break the rules at work and in life by Francesca Gino

Overview: Award-winning Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino shows us why the most successful among us break the rules, and how rebellion brings joy and meaning into our lives. Rebels have a bad reputation. We think of them as troublemakers, outcasts, contrarians: those colleagues, friends, and family members who complicate seemingly straightforward decisions, create chaos, …
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The One Device: the secret history of the iPhone by Brian Merchant

Overview: The secret history of the invention that changed everything-and became the most profitable product in the world. Odds are that as you read this, an iPhone is within reach. But before Steve Jobs introduced us to “the one device,” as he called it, a cell phone was merely what you used to make calls …
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Getting to “yes and”: the art of business improv by Bob Kulhan with Chuck Crisafulli

Overview: Amidst the deluge of advice for businesspeople, there lies an overlooked tool, a key to thriving in today’s fast-paced, unpredictable environment: improvisation. In Getting to “Yes And” veteran improv performer, university professor, CEO, and consultant Bob Kulhan unpacks a form of mental agility with powers far beyond the entertainment value of comedy troupes. Drawing …
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Sprint: how to solve big problems and test new ideas in just five days by Jake Knapp.

Overview: “Sprint offers a transformative formula for testing ideas that works whether you’re at a startup or a large organization. Within five days, you’ll move from idea to prototype to decision, saving you and your team countless hours and countless dollars. A must read for entrepreneurs of all stripes.” —Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup From …
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Originals: how non-conformists move the world / Adam Grant

Overview: With Give and Take, Adam Grant not only introduced a landmark new paradigm for success but also established himself as one of his generation’s most compelling and provocative thought leaders. In Originals he again addresses the challenge of improving the world, but now from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas …
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The 4 lenses of innovation: a power tool for creative thinking by Rowan Gibson.

Ever wonder where big, breakthrough ideas come from? How do innovators manage to spot the opportunities for industry revolution that everyone else seems to miss? Contrary to popular belief, innovation is not some mystical art that’s forbidden to mere mortals. The Four Lenses of Innovation thoroughly debunks this pervasive myth by delivering what we’ve long …
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Anticipate: the art of leading by looking ahead by Rob-Jan de Jong. (ebook)

Overview: Business schools, leadership gurus, and strategy guides agree—leaders must have a vision. But the sad truth is that most don’t…or at least not one that compels, inspires, and energizes their people. How can something so essential be practiced so little in real life? Vision may sound like a rare quality, unattainable by all except …
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The 100 Most Creative Business Minds

Arizona State University Biodesign Institute researcher Charles Arntzen has been chosen as the No. 1 honoree among Fast Company’s annual “100 Most Creative People in Business” for his leadership role in developing ZMapp, a therapeutic produced in tobacco to fight Ebola. The top five is rounded out (in descending order) by Rajan Anandan, Vice President and Managing Director (India and …
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Creativity, Inc.: overcoming the unseen forces that stand in the way of true inspiration by Edwin E Catmull.

Overview: “What does it mean to manage well?” Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation—into the meetings, postmortems, and “Braintrust” sessions where some of the most …
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Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business 1000

Fast Company has announced the Most Creative People in Business 1000. The MCP 1000 is described as “an influential, diverse group of modern Renaissance men and women across the economy and around the globe. This is more than just a list: It is a rising community, an explosion of creative inspiration, the spur for so much breaking news across …
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