Innovative Team Unleashing Creative Potential for Breakthrough Results

ISBN-10: 1118115716
ISBN-13: 9781118115718
Edition: 2011
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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 1/20/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Supposedly, our high level of cognition (and strategically placed thumbs) is what set us apart from much of the natural world.? But it turns out that while we all think, we do not all think the same way. We all naturally use the universal creative process, for instance, but our preferences within that process make all the difference in forging a workable solution. These preferences have an enormous impact on the ways we go about solving problems and how we work together. ?This book introduces a uniquely effective set of tools ? called FourSight, field-tested by top consultants, but never before presented to a mass audience ? that can help anyone from professionals to laymen solve problems and achieve performance breakthroughs. FourSight enables teams to understand their patterns of thinking and to then more deliberately manage themselves toward accomplishing a task. ?In business-fable style, the book reveals the impact that our underlying work style preferences have on our teams and their results. Part 1 travels along on a team?s journey from dysfunctional to high functioning. Part 2 reveals the theory behind successful breakthrough teams with a clear introduction to the four stages of the breakthrough thinking process. These stages will help both team members and leaders understand the dynamics present within their team and provide the reader with options for how to improve performance. It will also serve as a great resource for management and leadership development professionals, team leaders, and others interested in kick-starting innovation in their workplaces and lives.

Dr. Gerard J. Puccio is Professor and Chair of the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State, a unique academic department founded in 1967 that offers a Master of Science degree in creativity and a Graduate Certificate in Creativity and Change Leadership. Dr. Puccio has published more than 40 scholarly works and delivered more than 40 presentations at conferences and research meetings. As an internationally recognized creativity researcher, Dr. Puccio has presented his work in such countries as England, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada, France, Singapore, India and Hong Kong. Recently Dr. Puccio was one of the featured speakers in a panel discussion on creativity and intelligence at an international conference sponsored by the French Federation of Psychology to celebrate the one-hundredth anniversary of Binet?s work. In recognition of his scholarly efforts, Dr. Puccio received the State University of New York?s award for exemplary contributions to research.In addition to his scholarly work, Dr. Puccio has delivered workshops and consulting services to numerous organizations including: Procter & Gamble, Kraft, Nabisco, 3M, IBM, Fisher-Price Toys, Rich Products, and many others. He has delivered creativity training programs and courses in a number of countries, including: Spain, Ireland, Brazil, England, and Tanzania.Dr. Puccio received his doctoral degree in Organizational Psychology from the University of Manchester, England.

Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Foreword
Introduction
The Story
We Have a Problem
Just What Kind of Duck Are We Dealing with Here?
The Sum of the Parts
The Need and the Way Out
Thinking About Thinking
Mapping a Minefield
The Power of a Good Question
From Wild to Workable
Combining the Unlikely
Be Careful What You Wish For
Preserving the Novelty
Priming the Pump
The Pieces Come Together
What's the Point?
Assisting Acceptance
Sealing the Deal
Epilogue: Where Are They Now?
Exploring the Four Creative Thinking Styles
Applying the Framework
Clarifying the Situation
Generating Ideas
Developing Solutions
Implementing Plans
The Combination of Preferences within People
Creating Conditions for Success

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