Creative Leadership: Skills That Drive Change Paperback – Dec 9 2010
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About the Author
Dr. Gerard J. Puccio is Professor and Chair of the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State, a unique academic department founded in 1967 that offers a Master of Science degree in creativity and a Graduate Certificate in Creativity and Change Leadership. Dr. Puccio has published more than 40 scholarly works and delivered more than 40 presentations at conferences and research meetings. As an internationally recognized creativity researcher, Dr. Puccio has presented his work in such countries as England, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada, France, Singapore, India and Hong Kong. Recently Dr. Puccio was one of the featured speakers in a panel discussion on creativity and intelligence at an international conference sponsored by the French Federation of Psychology to celebrate the one-hundredth anniversary of Binet’s work. In recognition of his scholarly efforts, Dr. Puccio received the State University of New York’s award for exemplary contributions to research.
In addition to his scholarly work, Dr. Puccio has delivered workshops and consulting services to numerous organizations including: Procter & Gamble, Kraft, Nabisco, 3M, IBM, Fisher-Price Toys, Rich Products, and many others. He has delivered creativity training programs and courses in a number of countries, including: Spain, Ireland, Brazil, England, and Tanzania.
Dr. Puccio received his doctoral degree in Organizational Psychology from the University of Manchester, England.
Marie Mance is Director of Leadership Development at Buffalo State College and an adjunct faculty member at the International Center for Studies in Creativity, teaching in the undergraduate and graduate programs. She holds an M.S. in Creativity and M.Ed. in Counseling/Student Personnel. She has traveled internationally to present creativity and creative problem solving courses and workshops in Nigeria, Singapore and South Africa. She has also designed and delivered workshops in creativity, strategic planning and other change initiatives for a number of organizations in the public and private sector. Currently she is developing and presenting leadership programs for faculty, staff and students at Buffalo State with creativity as a core component. Marie also coaches in the leadership program and has completed training at the Coaches Training Institute. She is pursuing certification to become a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach. She is President of the Niagara Frontier chapter of ASTD (American Society for Training and Development) and a Colleague of the Creative Education Foundation.
Mary C. Murdock is an Associate Professor and graduate faculty member at the International Center for Studies in Creativity, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY, where she teaches graduate courses and supervises master’s work. She has international teaching experience as a guest lecturer on qualitative research in the Cognitive Psychology Unit of the University of Bergen and in teaching Creative Problem Solving courses at international schools in five countries (Colombia, Dominican Republic, Tanzania, China, Malaysia).
Mary is an Advisory Board member of the American Creativity Association (ACA) and founder of the Buffalo-Niagara ACA chapter, a Colleague of the Creative Education Foundation and past editor of Celebrate Creativity, the National Association for Gifted Children’s Creativity Division newsletter.
Her publications include two texts: Creative Problem Solving and Role Playing, co-authored with E. Paul Torrance and Creativity Assessment: Readings and Resources with Gerard Puccio. She was also a co-editor along with Center colleagues, of Understanding and Recognizing Creativity: The Emergence of a Discipline and Nurturing and Developing Creativity: The Emergence of a Discipline.
Mary holds a BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, an M.Ed. in Gifted Education and a doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia.
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The book is easy to read with practical examples to aid learning. The coverage is comprehensive including sections on creative styles and climate. There is theorectical basis which helps the reader to understand and build confidence.
This book guides me on how to get out of the rut and inspires me that things can be different. A great resource book.
Gerard Puccio, Mary Mance, and the late Mary Murdock, have written a book that forwards the field, and adds new thinking to how people think. Importantly, this is not just a book about creative thinking, but a book about how that topic connects with the all important skills of leadership and change. This is a scholarly book, and yet, it is highly readable, with good examples and case studies. I've read this book several times because there is no better guide, no better text, for understanding how structured creative thinking can help solve complex challenges.
For those who care, this book modifies, extends, and adapts the 55 year old Osborn-Parnes model of creative problem solving. The new model improves on the old one by recognizing that it is not always necessary to walk through every step in a structured model. It adds a diagnostic step that is missing in the original Osborn-Parnes, and it includes in the idea development phase, the idea refinement step. These subtle shifts from the original process are helpful in adapting the process to real world challenges. Puccio has also developed the FourSight Online Assessment which works hand in glove with the adapted creative problem solving model, see: [...]
Jack's Notebook: A business novel about creative problem solving -- for another perspective on structured creative problem solving in the form of a business novel.
Businesses run into problems all the time, and sometimes not knowing how to solve them can be a real challenge. This is where CPS comes into play, and it can thus help organizations grow using both divergent and convergent thinking. In a way, the Creative Problem Solving process mimics Design Thinking, and it forces you to reexamine the problem, while being open to some pretty wild ideas.
The book is definitely beneficial to those people who use it in conjunction with a project based learning approach. It's also very beneficial to have more than one person participate in the process, so as to get an influx of ideas and not being limited to your own imagination. Having people of diverse backgrounds can definitely help, and being deferring judgement of those ideas is also crucial to the process. I liken it to the kid who gets up in front of the classroom and has everyone laugh at him. Will he share his ideas? Probably not! By deferring judgment, the possibilities of a solution are more readily available, since you piece together a potential solution from bits and pieces of the other ideas.
Since being exposed to CPS, I can definitely say it's a game changer. It taught me to "get out of the building" and do some ethnographic research. Watch what people are doing, and examine the problem at hand. You'd be surprised by what you learn. Also, since the process does require a facilitator for brainstorming sessions, consider hiring a Creative Problem Solving consultant to help guide the process. By being knowledgeable you gain insight, but having someone guide the way creates a vision for the future, and I'm sure that's going to be full of winning strategies.
Check out the Creative Problem Solving Institute for more information.
Most people do not understand creativity much less have the skills necessary to lead innovation. "Creative Leadership" contains the information that managers need to have in their personal tool kits to become innovation leaders.
Creativity can be taught, innovation can be lead and, in my opinion, you can be on that leading edge when you read "Creative Leadership."
The authors know the creative discipline as they are members of the faculty of The State University College at Buffalo which is the only college in the world that grants a Master of Science degree in creativity. This knowledge is shared generously in "Creative Leadership."
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