When Sparks Fly: Igniting Creativity in Groups
Dorothy Leonard, Walter Swap, Harvard Business School PressISBN: 0875848656;
How does a leader manage for creativity? Many managers fall into the trap of assuming that only gifted individuals-readily identifiable "creative types"-can produce breakthrough thinking, and if you don't have an eccentric genius on your team, your efforts are doomed to mediocrity. Some even argue that creativity is an art that can't possibly be planned or managed without extinguishing the vital creative spark. Yet, say Dorothy Leonard and Walter Swap, today's most innovative, complex services, products and processes spring from well-led, well-managed group interactions. Blending their backgrounds in business and psychology into a fresh perspective, Leonard and Swap sweep aside conventional thinking about creativity to show how managers can actively shape group processes to enhance creative output. They offer proven strategies based on a deep understanding of human behavior for stimulating and directing the group dynamics that lie at the heart of innovative thinking. The book...
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