Creative Conspiracy: The New Rules of Breakthrough Collaboration

Creative Conspiracy: The New Rules of Breakthrough Collaboration

by Leigh Thompson

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Overview

Embracing the Counterintuitive Side of Collaboration

Think of your to-do list at work. Chances are the most important tasks require you to work with others—and the success of those endeavors depends on the effectiveness of your collaboration.

According to management expert Leigh Thompson, collaboration that is conscious, planned, and focused on generating new ideas builds excitement and produces what she calls a “creative conspiracy.” Teams that conspire to organize themselves, motivate one another, and combine their talents to meet creative challenges are the hallmark of the most successful organizations.

In this book, Thompson reveals the keys to the kind of collaboration that allows teams to reach their full creative potential and maximize their results. She also reveals a host of surprising findings; for example:

• Left to their own devices, teams are less creative than individuals
• Providing “rules” to teams actually increases inventiveness
• Striving for quality results in less creativity than striving for quantity
• Fluctuating membership enhances a team’s innovation
• Most leaders cannot articulate the four basic rules of brainstorming


Thompson combines broad-ranging research with real-life examples to offer strategies and practices designed to help teams and their leaders capitalize on what actually works when it comes to creative collaboration. Creative Conspiracy challenges managers to adopt an unconventional approach to leading teams that, done right, will lead to the creative success of every team—and every organization.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781422187579
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date: 01/01/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 441 KB

About the Author

Leigh Thompson is the J. Jay Gerber Professor of Dispute Resolution and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management. She directs the highly successful Kellogg executive course, Leading High Impact Teams, and the Kellogg Team and Group Research Center. She also codirects the Negotiation Strategies for Managers course. Thompson has published more than 100 research articles and has authored nine books, including The Truth About Negotiations, Making the Team, and The Mind and Heart of the Negotiator.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: What Is a Creative Conspiracy? 1

Chapter 1 Debunking Myths About Creativity 11

Chapter 2 Breaking Down the Barriers to Creative Collaboration 37

Chapter 3 Picking the Right People for the Creative Team 63

Chapter 4 Leading the Creative Team 77

Chapter 5 Motivating the Creative Team 95

Chapter 6 Transforming Conflict into Creativity 121

Chapter 7 Setting the Stage for a Creative Conspiracy 151

Chapter 8 Your Action Plan for Instigating a Creative Conspiracy 177

Notes 195

Index 221

About the Author 233

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