Unlocking Creativity: How to Solve Any Problem and Make the Best Decisions by Shifting Creative Mindsets

  • 3h 17m
  • Michael A. Roberto
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2019

Tear down the obstacles to creative innovation in your organization

Unlocking Creativity is an exploration of the creative process and how organizations can clear the way for innovation. In many organizations, creative individuals face stubborn resistance to new ideas. Managers and executives oftentimes reject innovation and unconventional approaches due to misplaced allegiance to the status quo. Questioning established practices or challenging prevailing sentiments is frequently met with stiff resistance. In this climate of stifled creativity and inflexible adherence to conventional wisdom, potentially game-changing ideas are dismissed outright. Senior leaders claim to value creativity, yet often lack the knowledge to provide a creative framework. Unlocking Creativity offers effective methods and real-world examples of how the most successful organizations create cultures of innovation and experimentation.

Best-selling author and scholar Michael Roberto presents a thorough investigation of organizational obstacles to creative thought. Highly relevant to the growth crises many enterprises face in today’s economic landscape, this book examines how to break barriers to spark creativity and foster new ideas. This insightful and informative work allows business executives, senior managers, and organization leaders to:

  • Recognize the six organizational mindsets that impede creativity and innovation
  • Learn how to tear down the barriers that obstruct the creative process
  • Create an environment that allows talented people to thrive
  • Encourage creative collaboration in teams throughout an organization

Leaders do not have to conceive innovative ideas, but rather open the path for curious and creative employees within their organization. Unlocking Creativity: How to Solve Any Problem and Make the Best Decisions aids organizations in removing obstacles to the creative process and helps to form an atmosphere of imagination and innovation.

About the Author

MICHAEL A. ROBERTO became Director of the Center for Program Innovation at Bryant University after serving six years on the faculty at Harvard Business School. Professor Roberto has written over 30 case studies used in business schools, including the bestselling Everest Leadership and Team simulation and an award-winning multimedia case about the Columbia space shuttle disaster. He has published two books, including the business bestseller, Why Great Leaders Don't Take Yes for An Answer. Professor Roberto received his doctorate from Harvard Business School in 2000.

In this Book

  • Unlocking Creativity
  • Preface
  • The Resistance to New Ideas
  • The Linear Mindset
  • The Benchmarking Mindset
  • The Prediction Mindset
  • The Structural Mindset
  • The Focus Mindset
  • The Naysayer Mindset
  • Leader as Teacher
  • Resources


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