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Creative Leadership Skills That Drive Change

ISBN-10: 1412913802
ISBN-13: 9781412913805
Edition: 2007
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Description: Creative Leadership: Skills That Drive Change demonstrates how creative thinking is an essential element of leadership, especially when bringing about change. In this engaging book, authors Gerard J. Puccio, Mary C. Murdock, and Marie Mance provide  More...

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List price: $53.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/7/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Creative Leadership: Skills That Drive Change demonstrates how creative thinking is an essential element of leadership, especially when bringing about change. In this engaging book, authors Gerard J. Puccio, Mary C. Murdock, and Marie Mance provide a unique combination of conceptual arguments, practical principles, and proven tools to enhance future leaders effectiveness in creating and managing change. Key Features: Intimately connects leadership and creativity: Leadership is now characterized as the catalyst for change, while creative thinking is the process that leads to change. This is the first book to make an explicit and elaborate conceptual link between creativity and leadership. Utilizes the Creative Problem Solving process: This book explores the more than 50 years of Creative Problem Solving (CPS) research and application. While other books focus on creative thinking and CPS, this is the first to offer a philosophical position that is then followed up with specific principles and procedures that leaders can employ to deliberately enhance their effectiveness in creating and managing change. Promotes deliberate creativity: The authors are all faculty at the International Center for Studies in Creativity, Buffalo StateState University of New York, internationally renowned as a leading authority on the topic of Creative Problem Solving. Their rich experience encourages students to take a proactive approach toward the production of novel and useful ideas that address a predicament or opportunity. Intended Audience: This is an excellent supplemental text for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses such as Leadership, Creativity Management, and Change Management in the departments of Business and Management. It is also a valuable resource for anyone interested in improving their leadership skills using a creative approach. Talk to the author! w ww.buffalostate.edu/centers/creativity

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.

Mary C. Murdock is an Associate Professor and graduate faculty member at the International Center for Studies in Creativity, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY, where she teaches graduate courses and supervises master?s work. She has international teaching experience as a guest lecturer on qualitative research in the Cognitive Psychology Unit of the University of Bergen and in teaching Creative Problem Solving courses at international schools in five countries (Colombia, Dominican Republic, Tanzania, China, Malaysia).Mary is an Advisory Board member of the American Creativity Association (ACA) and founder of the Buffalo-Niagara ACA chapter, a Colleague of the Creative Education Foundation and past editor of Celebrate Creativity, the National Association for Gifted Children?s Creativity Division newsletter.Her publications include two texts: Creative Problem Solving and Role Playing, co-authored with E. Paul Torrance and Creativity Assessment: Readings and Resources with Gerard Puccio. She was also a co-editor along with Center colleagues, of Understanding and Recognizing Creativity: The Emergence of a Discipline and Nurturing and Developing Creativity: The Emergence of a Discipline.Mary holds a BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, an M.Ed. in Gifted Education and a doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia.

Marie Mance is Director of Leadership Development at Buffalo State College and an adjunct faculty member at the International Center for Studies in Creativity, teaching in the undergraduate and graduate programs. She holds an M.S. in Creativity and M.Ed. in Counseling/Student Personnel. She has traveled internationally to present creativity and creative problem solving courses and workshops in Nigeria, Singapore and South Africa. She has also designed and delivered workshops in creativity, strategic planning and other change initiatives for a number of organizations in the public and private sector. Currently she is developing and presenting leadership programs for faculty, staff and students at Buffalo State with creativity as a core component. Marie also coaches in the leadership program and has completed training at the Coaches Training Institute. She is pursuing certification to become a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach. She is President of the Niagara Frontier chapter of ASTD (American Society for Training and Development) and a Colleague of the Creative Education Foundation.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Who Should Read This Book?
How This Book Is Different: Taking a Creative Approach to Leadership
Foundational Principles for Leaders
Change, Leadership, and Creativity: The Powerful Connection
Chapter at a Glance
Creative Change: It's Not Changing the Baby
The Leadership-Creativity Link
Creativity: The Necessary Fuel for Change
Applying What You've Learned
Creative Problem Solving: Background and Introduction to the Thinking Skills Model
Chapter at a Glance
Getting to Know Creative Problem Solving: Going for the Gold
Creative Problem Solving: Some Basic Terms
Using Creative Problem Solving: How to, When to
Creative Problem Solving: Introducing the Think Skills Model--A Process Map for Finding Your Way to the Gold
Dynamic Balance: The Heart of the Creative Problem Solving Process
Divergent thinking Skills: Fluency, Flexibility, Elaboration, and Originality
Convergent Thinking Skills: Envision and Evaluate
Applying What You've LEarned
Identifying Complex Thinking Skills Associated with the Creative Problem Solving Model
Chapter at a Glance
Creative Thinking Skills for Leaders
Complex Thinking for Complex Problems: The Creative Problem Solving Model as a Macro Process
A Closer Look at the Cognitive and Affective Skills in Creative Problem Solving
Applying What You've Learned
Transforming Your Thinking: Principles for Divergence and Convergence
Chapter at a Glance
Diverge and Converge: It's About Thinking and Behaving
Principles for Divergent Thinking
Principles for Convergent Thinking
Allow for Incubation: The Wildcard Principle
Applying What You've Learned
Thinking Tools for Leaders
Assessing the Situation: Tools for Diagnostic Thinking
Chapter at a Glance
Diagnostic hinking in Leadership: Gathering and Using Data to Make Informed Decisions
The Nature and Purpose of Assessing the Situation
Executing Each Step of the Creative Problem Solving Process: A Word About Tools
Divergent Thinking Tools for Assessing the Situation
Convergent Thinking Tools for Assessing the Situation
Getting Around in the Creative Problem Solving Process: Metacognitive Tools for Determining Next Steps
Applying What You've Learned
Exploring the Vision: Tools for Visionary Thinking
Chapter at a Glance
Visionary Thinking in Leadership
The Nature and Purpose of Exploring the Vision
Devergent Thinking tools for Exploring the Vision
Convergent Thinking Tools for Exploring the Vision
What's Next in the Creative Problem Solving Process?
Applying What You've Learned
Formulating Challenges: Tools for Strategic Thinking
Chapter at a Glance
Strategic Thinking in Leadership
The Nature and Purpose of Formulating Challenges
Divergent Thinking Tools for Formulating Challenges
Convergent Thinking Tools for Formulating Challenges
What's Next in the Creative Problem Solving Process?
Applying What You've Learned
Exploring Ideas: Tools for Ideational Thinking
Chapter at a Glance
Ideational Thinking in Leadership
The Nature and Purpose of Exploring Ideas
Divergent Thinking Tools for Exploring Ideas
Convergent Thinking Tools for Exploring Ideas
What's Next in the Creative Problem Solving Process?
Applying What You've Learned
Formulating Solutions: Tools for Evaluative Thinking
Chapter at a Glance
Evaluative Thinking in Leadership
The Nature and Purpose of Formulating Solutions
Divergence and Convergence in Formulating Solutions: It's a Brand New Game
What's Next in the Creative Problem Solving Process?
Applying What You've Learned
Exploring Acceptance: Tools for Contextual Thinking
Chapter at a Glance
Contextual Thinking in Leadership
The Nature and Purpose of Exploring Acceptance
Divergent Thinking tools for Exploring Acceptance
Convergent Thinking tools for Exploring Acceptance
What's Next in the Creative Problem Solving Process?
Applying What You've Learned
Formulating a Plan: Tools for Tactical Thinking
Chapter at a Glance
Tactical Thinking in Leadership
The Nature and Purpose of Formulating a Plan
Divergent Thinking Tools for Formulating a Plan
Convergent Thinking Tools for Formulating a Plan
What's Next in the Creative Problem Solving Process?
Applying What You've Learned
Additional Factors that Influence Leaders
Psychological Diversity: Leading People with Different Creativity Styles
Chapter at a Glance
Psychological Diversity and Leadership Effectiveness
Kirton Adaptor-Innovator Theory: Two Distinct and Valuable Approaches to Creativity and Change
FourSight: Understanding How People Engage in the Creative Process
Applying What You've Learned
Building a Climate for Creativity: How Leadership Sets the Tone
Chapter at a Glance
Introduction: Some Basics About Climate
The Leadership-Climate Connection
Creative Climate in Organizations: What to Look for
Final Thoughts for Leaders
Applying What You've Learned
Conclusion
Developing Creativity for Leadership
Where to Begin?
A Model for Developing Creativity in Leadership
Where Do You Go From Here?
Some Closing Thoughts
Case Studies
Becoming a Creative Change LEader
Internalizing Creativity in an Organization
Creative Climate
References
Name Index
Subject Index
About the Authors

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