Fostering Creativity: Expert Solutions to Everyday Challenges

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Every day on the job, you face common challenges. And you need immediate solutions to those challenges. The Pocket Mentor Series can help. Each book in the series is packed with handy tools, self-tests, and real-life examples to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses and hone critical skills. Whether you're at your desk, in a meeting, or on the road, these portable, concise guides enable you to tackle the daily demands of your work ...
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Overview


Every day on the job, you face common challenges. And you need immediate solutions to those challenges. The Pocket Mentor Series can help. Each book in the series is packed with handy tools, self-tests, and real-life examples to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses and hone critical skills. Whether you're at your desk, in a meeting, or on the road, these portable, concise guides enable you to tackle the daily demands of your work with speed, savvy, and effectiveness.

The latest volume in the series: Fostering Creativity

To survive in today's hypercompetitive climate, businesses must innovate constantly. Innovation hinges on creativity--generating novel and useful ideas. By fostering creativity in your team, you help unleash your company's innovative powers. But this requires a disciplined process for leveraging employees' unique experiences, thinking styles, and expertise.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422128930
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Series: Pocket Mentor
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,427,227
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Table of Contents

Mentor's Message: Why Fostering Creativity Is Important xi

Fostering Creativity: The Basics

What Is Creativity? 3

A definition 4

How creativity relates to innovation 5

Five misconceptions about creativity 6

The creative process 8

Step 1 Assemble Your Team 11

The value of creative teams 12

Characteristics of creative teams 14

Spotlight on intellectual diversity 15

Hiring for creativity 18

Integrating team members 19

Step 2 Identify Opportunities 21

Finding opportunities inside your organization 22

Finding opportunities outside your organization 23

Step 3 Generate Options 27

Managing creative abrasion 28

Encouraging divergent thinking 31

Using brainstorming techniques 31

Creating the right psychological environment 36

Creating the right physical environment 42

Step 4 Converge on the One Best Option 47

Moving from divergence to convergence 48

Narrowing down the options 48

Planning for innovation: The end product of creativity 49

Tips and Tools

Tools for Fostering Creativity 55

Test Yourself 68

Answers to test questions 71

To Learn More 73

Sources for Fostering Creativity 79

Notes 81

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