Insight: Encouraging Aha! Moments for Organizational Success

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Praeger, 2010 - Business & Economics - 224 pages
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"We live in an era where innovation adn creativity have become buzzwords, hundredes of un-innovative articles and books are being pulished on these topics, and we are bombarded by academics and wannabe experts telling us we need to be more creative and innovative. Swimming strongly counter current, Napier has written a book that actually explains how to do it and, even more improtantly, how to do it faster! Insight: Econuraging Aha! Moments for Oraganizational sucess is without a doubt a deeply needed, rigoriusly researched, and iconoclastically written book which overflows wiht provocative ideas." Marco Busi CEO and head of reseach, Carisma RCT Ltd Editor-in-Chief, Startegic Outsourcin, an International journal

"As someone whose work is entirely builts upon generating 'aha!' experiences in others,' Nancy Napier's ideas ring remarkabley true to em. Napier's call to 'make insight thinkign a habit' is a quietly revolutionary notion that can be applied with ease to any field. this is a must read for any leader or manager who desires a rich and exopansive creative contribution from those whom s/he leads." Risa Brainni Freelance Theatre Director

"Dr. Napier discribes a powerful phenomenon that I was only viscerally aware of. As a manger, mentor, and coach, I now know tha tthe 'aha!' Moment is in front of eevery business problem and my job is to help others to get to that point more quickly." Greg Hanmer It Directror, Hewlett Packard Company

"To find tha having 'aha!' moments of creativity is spread far beyond the arts across the whole range of human work and activity is this book's own aha! moment. Napier finds a wide range of examples which make clear how all of us can and do have aha! breakthroughs, and from these stories, I learned ways to encourage those idea leaps for myself. AHA!" Ben Shedd Academy Award-winning filmmaker, The flight of the Gossamer Condor, IMAX Films, NOVA Series, adjunct Professor

"Fed up with dull, pompous management books? Want something that grabs you with information you can use? Look no further. Insight: Encouraging Aha! Moments for Organizational Success suplies insights---or rather insights abotu insights---on literally every page of this lively and illuminating book." Professor Nigel J. HOlden dierctor, Institute of International Business Greenbank Bilding Lancashire Business School University of Central Lancashire

"This insighful book demystifies the process o crating of 'aha!' moments, which happen to all of us. But Napier proves they don't have to happen by chance. Those moments of brilliance can be conditioned if we reporogram our radars to accept the clues leading up to an `aha!' moment. Enjoy the transformatio protential!" Ross Corthell General Manager, Transportation, Boise Inc.

Aha! We all Know the moment when something utterly bafflng all of the suden be comes clear. Or when a new idea or crative solution seemingly pops up from nowhere. But "aja!" moments don't come from no where, and while there is no way to summon them at will, there are ways to make them far more likely.

Insight:" Encouraging Aha! Moments for Oragnizational Sucess helps individuals an organizations crate the conditions that lay the groundwork for the distinct "aha!" instances of insight---when connections between diferenc pieces of information are revealed and ideas come together in ways that have never existed beofore.

Insight examines three stages of the "aha!" experiencs, from the early confusion and chasos of "too much information" and how to organize and try out what comes through , to techniques that people use to spark the creative "aha!" experience, and the ways that people check to confirm their insights will hold beyond a single experience. The book offers practical techniques that will work in a privat business, education, government, nonprofit, and any other organizational setting. Insight is based on interviews with over 100 people of all ages, backgrounds, and professions---from software developers to dancers, from software developers to dancers, from detectives to football coaches---as well as teh latest research results from management, psychology, an dneuroscience studies about the workings of the brain in creative situations.

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Contents

Insight The Universal Experience
1
Sort Getting the Lay of the Land
25
Whirling Vortex and a Creative Chaos
41
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Nancy K. Napier, PhD, is professo of international business and executive director of the Centre for Creativty and Innovation in the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University, Boise, ID.He most recent book is The Creative Discipline: Mastering the Art and Science of Inovation.

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