Creativity On Demand: How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius

Creativity On Demand: How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius


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ISBN-13: 9781622033478
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/01/2014
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 399,691
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Michael J. Gelb

Michael J. Gelb is the world's leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development, and the bestselling author of 14 books, including How To Think Like Leonardo da Vinci. A sought-after speaker and consultant, Gelb works globally with Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and nonprofits. He is also a gifted teacher of aikido and qigong, and is a professional juggler who has performed with the Rolling Stones.

Table of Contents

Foreword Sir Ken Robinson ix

Preface Amuse of Fire xi

Introduction: Ride the Wave xv

Creativity: The Essential Twenty-First-Century Competency xvi

Managing Energy: The Key to Creativity xviii

What Is Creative Universal Energy? xix

Your Path to Creative Mastery xxi

Part 1 Mastering Creative Energy 1

Feel Qi Now 2

Qi Is the Fire of Genius 4

Qi Is the Real Secret of Creativity 5

Basic Qi Principles 8

Prepare for Better Reception: Assuming Your Full Stature 12

Basic Energy Anatomy and Terminology 15

Using Everyday Activities to Cultivate Your Qi 18

Qi-Cultivation Practices 30

Q and A: Mastering Creative Energy 62

Part 2 Mastering the Creative Mindset 71

Creativity Self-Assessment 71

Embrace a Creative Mindset 73

Qi Cultivation co Shift from a Fixed Mindset to a Creative Mindset 78

Recover Your Creative Birthright 82

Qi Cultivation to Support Your Re-Geniusing 86

Invite Surprise and Wonder 87

Embrace Playfulness, Humor, and Laughter 88

Qi Cultivation for Embracing Surprise and Humor 92

Clarify Your Purpose 94

Qi Cultivation for Realizing and Aligning with Your Core Purpose 97

Create Your Own Logo and Motto 98

Strengthen Your Confusion Endurance 100

Move Beyond Either-Or Thinking 104

Qi Cultivation to Strengthen Confusion Endurance and Move Beyond Either-Or Thinking 105

Assume Chutzpah 106

Be Courageous and Persevere 109

Qi Cultivation for Chutzpah, Courage, and Perseverance 111

Appreciate Beauty, Sensory Delights, and Natural Wonders 113

Qi Cultivation for Appreciating Beauty, Sensory Delights, and Natural Wonders 115

Invoke the Muse 115

Qi Cultivation for Invoking the Muse 117

Q and A: Mastering the Creative Mindset 119

Part 3 Mastering the Creative Process 125

The Creative Process Requires Different Modes of Thinking 126

Preparation: The Art of Seeing the Problem 128

Qi Cultivation for the Preparation Phase 132

Generation: The Art of Nonhabitual Thought 132

Qi Cultivation for the Generation Phase 136

Incubation: The Art of Doing Nothing 138

Qi Cultivation for the Incubation Phase 141

Evaluation: The Art of Hooking the Fish 142

Qi Cultivation for the Evaluation Phase 145

Implementation: The Art of Getting It Done 149

Qi Cultivation for the Implementation Phase 154

Nine Hats for the Five Phases 156

Qi Cultivation for Shifting between the Phases, Hats, and Intelligences 157

Mind Mapping: Multipurpose Creative-Process Tool 164

Balancing Two Systems of Thinking: Fast and Slow 168

System 3: Thinking Outside of Time 170

Go Write to the Source 171

Q and A: Mastering the Creative Process 176

Part 4 Mastering Creative Energy, Mindset, and Process: Moving From Force to Power 181

Qi Cultivation for Moving from Force to Power 183

Afterword: Who Moved My Qi? 195

Acknowledgments 199

List Of Qi-Cultivation Practices 201

Recommended Resources 203

Notes 205

About the Author 225

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