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Creative Leadership
Skills That Drive Change



November 2006 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Creative thinking is a core competence for change leaders, and research has shown that creative thinking can be enhanced through creative problem solving principles and procedures. This book taps into the more than 50 years of creative problem solving research and application as a powerful means for developing creative change leaders.
 
Acknowledgments
 
Introduction
Who Should Read This Book?  
How This Book Is Different: Taking a Creative Approach to Leadership  
 
Part I Foundational Principles for Leaders
 
One. Change, Leadership, and Creativity: The Powerful Connection
Chapter at a Glance  
Creative Change: It's Not Changing the Baby  
The Leadership-Creativity Link  
Creativity: The Necessary Fuel for Change  
Applying What You've Learned  
 
Two. Creative Problem Solving: Background and Introduction to the Thinking Skills Model
Chapter at a Glance  
Getting to Know Creative Problem Solving: Going for the Gold  
Creative Problem Solving: Some Basic Terms  
Using Creative Problem Solving: How to, When to  
Creative Problem Solving: Introducing the Think Skills Model--A Process Map for Finding Your Way to the Gold  
Dynamic Balance: The Heart of the Creative Problem Solving Process  
Divergent thinking Skills: Fluency, Flexibility, Elaboration, and Originality  
Convergent Thinking Skills: Envision and Evaluate  
Applying What You've LEarned  
 
Three. Identifying Complex Thinking Skills Associated with the Creative Problem Solving Model
Chapter at a Glance  
Creative Thinking Skills for Leaders  
Complex Thinking for Complex Problems: The Creative Problem Solving Model as a Macro Process  
A Closer Look at the Cognitive and Affective Skills in Creative Problem Solving  
Applying What You've Learned  
 
Four. Transforming Your Thinking: Principles for Divergence and Convergence
Chapter at a Glance  
Diverge and Converge: It's About Thinking and Behaving  
Principles for Divergent Thinking  
Principles for Convergent Thinking  
Allow for Incubation: The Wildcard Principle  
Applying What You've Learned  
 
Part II: Thinking Tools for Leaders
 
Five. Assessing the Situation: Tools for Diagnostic Thinking
Chapter at a Glance  
Diagnostic hinking in Leadership: Gathering and Using Data to Make Informed Decisions  
The Nature and Purpose of Assessing the Situation  
Executing Each Step of the Creative Problem Solving Process: A Word About Tools  
Divergent Thinking Tools for Assessing the Situation  
Convergent Thinking Tools for Assessing the Situation  
Getting Around in the Creative Problem Solving Process: Metacognitive Tools for Determining Next Steps  
Applying What You've Learned  
 
Six. Exploring the Vision: Tools for Visionary Thinking
Chapter at a Glance  
Visionary Thinking in Leadership  
The Nature and Purpose of Exploring the Vision  
Devergent Thinking tools for Exploring the Vision  
Convergent Thinking Tools for Exploring the Vision  
What's Next in the Creative Problem Solving Process?  
Applying What You've Learned  
 
Seven. Formulating Challenges: Tools for Strategic Thinking
Chapter at a Glance  
Strategic Thinking in Leadership  
The Nature and Purpose of Formulating Challenges  
Divergent Thinking Tools for Formulating Challenges  
Convergent Thinking Tools for Formulating Challenges  
What's Next in the Creative Problem Solving Process?  
Applying What You've Learned  
 
Eight. Exploring Ideas: Tools for Ideational Thinking
Chapter at a Glance  
Ideational Thinking in Leadership  
The Nature and Purpose of Exploring Ideas  
Divergent Thinking Tools for Exploring Ideas  
Convergent Thinking Tools for Exploring Ideas  
What's Next in the Creative Problem Solving Process?  
Applying What You've Learned  
 
Nine. Formulating Solutions: Tools for Evaluative Thinking
Chapter at a Glance  
Evaluative Thinking in Leadership  
The Nature and Purpose of Formulating Solutions  
Divergence and Convergence in Formulating Solutions: It's a Brand New Game  
What's Next in the Creative Problem Solving Process?  
Applying What You've Learned  
 
Ten. Exploring Acceptance: Tools for Contextual Thinking
Chapter at a Glance  
Contextual Thinking in Leadership  
The Nature and Purpose of Exploring Acceptance  
Divergent Thinking tools for Exploring Acceptance  
Convergent Thinking tools for Exploring Acceptance  
What's Next in the Creative Problem Solving Process?  
Applying What You've Learned  
 
Eleven. Formulating a Plan: Tools for Tactical Thinking
Chapter at a Glance  
Tactical Thinking in Leadership  
The Nature and Purpose of Formulating a Plan  
Divergent Thinking Tools for Formulating a Plan  
Convergent Thinking Tools for Formulating a Plan  
What's Next in the Creative Problem Solving Process?  
Applying What You've Learned  
 
Part III: Additional Factors that Influence Leaders
 
Twelve. Psychological Diversity: Leading People with Different Creativity Styles
Chapter at a Glance  
Psychological Diversity and Leadership Effectiveness  
Kirton Adaptor-Innovator Theory: Two Distinct and Valuable Approaches to Creativity and Change  
FourSight: Understanding How People Engage in the Creative Process  
Applying What You've Learned  
 
Thirteen. Building a Climate for Creativity: How Leadership Sets the Tone
Chapter at a Glance  
Introduction: Some Basics About Climate  
The Leadership-Climate Connection  
Creative Climate in Organizations: What to Look for  
Final Thoughts for Leaders  
Applying What You've Learned  
 
Conclusion
Developing Creativity for Leadership  
Where to Begin?  
A Model for Developing Creativity in Leadership  
Where Do You Go From Here?  
Some Closing Thoughts  
 
Case Studies
Becoming a Creative Change LEader  
Internalizing Creativity in an Organization  
Creative Climate  
 
References
 
Name Index
 
Subject Index
 
About the Authors

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