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Imagine: How Creativity Works
FASCINATING!!! Well researched and well written. Some things seem like ‘well duh’ but they really aren’t. If you are…
From the New York Times best-selling author of How We Decidecomes a sparkling and revelatory look at the new science of creativity. Shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative “types,” Jonah Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. It’s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively.
An Audience of One
by Srinivas Rao
An Audience of One
The book argues for an attitude of being creative for its own sake and some tips about how to be creative. First and…
The creator of the Unmistakable Creative podcast makes a counterintuitive argument: By focusing your creative work on pleasing yourself, you can increase your productivity, happiness, and (eventually, paradoxically) the size of your audience.
21 Insights for 21st Century Creatives
by Mark McGuinness
21 Insights for 21st Century Creatives
"The most creative gigs typically don't go to the people who stand in line and wait. They go to the ones who create…
Insights to help you thrive as a creator amid the demands, distractions, and opportunities of the 21st century. Mark McGuinness has spent 21 years coaching creative professionals to achieve their artistic and career ambitions.
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
by Adam M. Grant
Originals book. Read 1,963 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. In Originals the author addresses…
In Originals the author addresses the challenge of improving the world from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions. How can we originate new ideas, policies, and practices without risking it all?
Origin of Ideas: Blending, Creativity, and the Human Spark
by Mark Turner
Origin of Ideas
While blending is an interesting idea, this book could have used better editing as it often felt like the same point…
What makes human beings so innovative, so adept at rapid, creative thinking? Where do new ideas come from, and once we have them, how can we carry them mentally into new situations? What allows our thinking to range easily over time, space, causation, and agency-so easily that we take this truly remarkable ability for granted?
The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life
by Twyla Tharp
The Creative Habit
For School Children, No not really! For Coaches mentoring school children in arts to teach, Yes! This book is for…
Creativity is not a gift from the gods, says Twyla Tharp, bestowed by some divine and mystical spark. It is the product of preparation and effort, and it’s within reach of everyone who wants to achieve it. All it takes is the willingness to make creativity a habit, an integral part of your life: In order to be creative, you have to know how to prepare to be creative.
by Bruce Nussbaum
Was really enjoying this book and the last 50 pages really lost me. The shift from documenting creative companies and…
The world is quickly changing in ways we find hard to comprehend. Successful methods of dealing with problems have become outmoded. To be successful, you can’t just be good. You also need to be creative. In Creative Intelligence, innovation expert Bruce Nussbaum charts the making of a new literacy, Creative Intelligence, or CQ.
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
by Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace
It starts off slowly, but this book turned out to be one of the most fascinating reads. Besides the incredibly…
From Ed Catmull, co-founder (with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter) of Pixar Animation Studios, comes an incisive book about creativity in business — sure to appeal to readers of Daniel Pink, Tom Peters, and Chip and Dan Heath. Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation — into the meetings, postmortems, and “Braintrust” sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made.
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
by Austin Kleon
Steal Like an Artist
I am really interested in this book it is really good . This book lays down basic concepts, but it is meant to read the…
“You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.”
Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered
by Austin Kleon
Show Your Work!
Kleon makes a good case for creatives at all stages of their artistic and commercial journey to lighten up and show…
In his New York Times bestseller Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon showed readers how to unlock their creativity by “stealing” from the community of other movers and shakers. Now, in an even more forward-thinking and necessary book, he shows how to take that critical next step on a creative journey — getting known.
Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All
by Tom Kelley, David Kelley
IDEO founder and Stanford d.school creator David Kelley and his brother Tom Kelley, IDEO partner and the author of the…
IDEO founder and Stanford d.school creator David Kelley and his brother Tom Kelley, IDEO partner and the author of the bestselling The Art of Innovation, have written a powerful and compelling book on unleashing the creativity that lies within each and every one of us.
Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Hmm I don't want to rate this book because after 5 years of not reading any Human Development books -which I'm against…
Creativity is about capturing those moments that make life worth living. The author’s objective is to offer an understanding of what leads to these moments, be it the excitement of the artist at the easel or the scientist in the lab, so that knowledge can be used to enrich people’s lives.
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
by Daniel H. Pink
A Whole New Mind
Pink has a fundamentally decent, and possibly true, point--that in order to succeed, today's workers need to be more…
The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic “right-brain” thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn’t.
Where Good Ideas Come from: The Natural History of Innovation
by Steven Johnson
Where Good Ideas Come from
Go for a walk, cultivate hunches, write everything down, but keep your folder messy, embrace serendipity, make…
The printing press, the pencil, the flush toilet, the battery — these are all great ideas. But where do they come from? What kind of environment breeds them? What sparks the flash of brilliance? How do we generate the breakthrough technologies that push forward our lives, our society, our culture? Steven Johnson’s answers are revelatory as he identifies the seven key patterns behind genuine innovation, and traces them across time and disciplines.
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