What Color Is Your Imagination?

What Color Is Your Imagination?

by Nadine Owens Burton


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What Color Is Your Imagination? was inspired by a conversation with Nadine Owens Burton's then preschool aged son during a car ride home. That four-year-old's question and subsequent declaration about the color of his imagination developed into a lesson on problem-solving for her staff while as a Head Start Director. It has since provided information and inspiration for various other teams. For the past decade plus, Ms. Owens Burton has presented workshops and keynotes based on the theme through her company, Owens Burton Consulting. She is now putting those lessons into a book.What Color Is Your Imagination? includes a metaphor where the types of problem-solving behaviors and environments are represented by an assortment of colors. For example, Yellow Imagination is the "we've always done it that way" type of imagination, or the imagination of fear. Green Imagination sees creativity as a commodity to be traded and, therefore, is highly impacted by personal motivations and incentives. White Imagination is the implementation of the creativity of others and is therefore not as "vivid" and "vibrant," is less impactful than original ideas. Black Imagination is what we would call the "mad genius" type of imagination. Those exhibiting this type of imagination are the ones about whom we usually wish, "If they would only use their powers for good." That ideal is Purple Imagination. It is the combination of Red Imagination and Blue Imagination. If we take Red Imagination (love, passion, and enthusiasm) and combined it with Blue Imagination (analytics, statistics, and empiricism) we get Purple Imagination: a synergistic, almost exponentially beneficial relationship where innovation and invention occur. The second half of the book gives the reader ten ways to increase their chances of creating their own Purple Imagination.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781543971736
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Nadine Owens Burton has been a teacher, a university administrator, a non-profit board member, a director of a school readiness program and is now a Mompreneur. She is the founder and president of Owens Burton Consulting, a quality improvement training and speaking services company.

Table of Contents

Foreword 1

Introduction: The Story Behind What Color Is Your Imagination? 7

Color Symbolism as a Metaphor for Imagination & Innovation 17

Yellow Imagination 23

Blue Imagination 33

Green Imagination 43

Black Imagination 53

White Imagination 61

Red Imagination 69

Purple Imagination 79

Ten Ways to Develop Purple Imagination 89

Remember the Vision and Connect It to the Mission 93

Do Your Research - Increase Your Knowledge 105

Don't Be the Smartest Person in the Room 113

Share the Power 119

Be Silly, Outrageous, Even Idiotic! 125

Be Divergent AND Convergent 137

Have an Active Fantasy Life 145

Think Opposites 151

Learn to Fail Well 157

Look for Analogies and Metaphors 165

Conclusion 173

Notes 177

Discussion Guide 189

Acknowledgments 195

About the Author 199

Community & Connection 203

Speaking Services 207

Other Books Coming Soon from Nadine Owens Burton 209

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