Stimulates: habits to motivate your creative genius at work
Andrew Pick Y Jeanine McGladeauthors of the book Stimulates: habits to motivate your creative genius at work, are convinced that the conditions for innovation are reproducible. In addition, they advise creating working conditions that enable relaxed work and the gathering of ideas.
In this book, Pek and McGlade examine habits that can help unleash creativity and encourage innovative thinking. How you draw inspiration and new ideas from the world around you; how to make the most of the environment and develop an environment that gets the creative juices flowing; and how to turn work into play.
Peter Sims has concluded that all creatives who have achieved great success have done so with very similar approaches. “Rather than believing that they must start with a big idea or plan an entire project ahead of time in order to predict the end result, they make a series of small bets in the right direction, gaining important information from numerous small failures and small victories, and this allows them to explore unexpected paths and make extraordinary discoveries,” says Sims in small bets (Administration 2000).
After extensive research, Sims found that prolific and imaginative thinkers and creators—from Beethoven to Jeff Bezos—use a range of simple yet often seemingly counterintuitive experimental methods (e.g.) to unleash your imagination, make unexpected connections, and valuable new ones to gain insights.
And why not?
Barry Nalebuff and Ian Ayres They understand that “there are many great ideas just waiting to be discovered… The ability to create new and practical solutions is not something available to a select few. The authors of this book show us how innovation is a skill that can be taught and acquired, through a set of idea generation tools that are as simple as they are fun and effective.”
“Why don’t you let salespeople pay you for your time when they call you to sell you something? Or why not offer home depreciation insurance? Or flight recorders in cars to reduce accidents?” they suggest And why not? (Active company).
Illustrated with examples from all walks of life, it not only shows us how to generate ideas, but just as importantly, how to assess their true potential and how to break down the barriers on the way to their effective application.
The Myths of Creativity
“We tend to think of creativity in terms reminiscent of the ancient muses: divinely inspired, unpredictable, and bestowed on a lucky few. But when we are challenged to be creative in our work, we need to come up with new ideas capable of keeping our organizations competitive,” says David Burkus in The Myths of Creativity.
This book demystifies the processes that drive innovation. Drawing on the latest research on how creative individuals and organizations thrive, David Burkus highlights the misconceptions that hold us back and how anyone can take a practical approach to finding new ideas.
The Medici Effect
This book addresses how we can find interfaces in our own lives and transform the ideas found into groundbreaking innovations. Frank Johansson illustrates how three driving forces—the movement of people, the convergence of scientific disciplines, and the leap in computing power—are increasing the number and types of intersections we can access.
This book proposes breaking down associative barriers and seeing problems in new ways, combining different concepts haphazardly but also resolutely, and breaking away from the usual networks and venturing into the unknown. Oh, and also getting past the mistakes of turning intersectional ideas into reality.