Born out of the work Rob has done with organisations over 25 years, and a passion for helping people to apply creative problem solving skills, this book focuses on how leaders are learning to develop the creative capabilities of their team members and themselves. Through this learning, teams are developing original approaches to their work, benefitting their customers, patients, employees and other stakeholders.
How Leaders Learn to Boost Creativity in Teams introduces insights from the domains of psychology, creativity, leadership and power, and integrates these through a proposed framework for leading innovation.
It contains nine in-depth, current-day cases of learning and workplace-based applications and has an optimistic message: creativity can be learnt. Making connections between current day research, learning and application in work contexts, it will appeal to leaders and students alike seeking to think outside of the box.
"A well-timed book which will resonate with anyone who needs to support their businesses to develop novel and adaptive thinking and redefine what it means to have everyday creativity and innovation." Lisa Jones, Senior Manager, Talent Development UK & Ireland, Ernst & Young LLP
"Innovation matters – these days more than ever. But unlocking innovation in organizations isn’t simply a matter of structures or projects – it’s about releasing creative potential. This book offers some valuable insights for doing this." John Bessant, Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Exeter
"A book that is both engaging and inspiring! Dr Rob Sheffield argued convincingly that creative thinking can be learned and showed us through case studies and interviews the creative problem-solving approach and a leader’s role in it." Ms Bo Hu, Product Quality Director, Greater China, GE Healthcare
"A powerful new guide for senior leaders, students and anyone wishing to build their teams' creative capabilities." Alex Reeve, Lecturer and Consultant, Ashridge Executive Education & Hult International Business School
"It is a book of its time, integrating research and practice to both inform and remind the reader of the practical steps that can be taken in creating an environment conducive to creative thinking and innovation." Richard Smale, Director of Transformation, NHS
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