The Creativity Leap: Unleash Curiosity, Improvisation, and Intuition at Work

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Jun 23, 2020 - Business & Economics - 152 pages
"Natalie Nixon's new book provides a fresh primer on how to cultivate creativity in the workplace.”
—Nir Eyal, bestselling author of Hooked and Indistractable

Too many people associate creativity solely with the arts, even though to be an incredible scientist, engineer, or entrepreneur requires immense creativity. And it's the key to developing breakthrough products and services. Natalie Nixon, a creativity strategist with a background in cultural anthropology, fashion, and service design, says that in the fourth industrial revolution a creativity leap is needed to bridge the gap that exists between the churn of work and the highly sought-after prize called innovation.

Nixon says that since humans are hardwired to be creative, it is a competency anyone can develop. She shows that it balances wonder (awe, audacity, and curiosity) with rigor (discipline, skill-building, and attention to detail), and that inquiry, improvisation, and intuitionare the key practices that increase those capacities. Drawing on interviews with fifty-six people from diverse backgrounds—farming, law, plumbing, architecture, perfumery, medicine, education, technology, and more—she offers illuminating examples of how creativity manifests in every kind of work.

Combining creativity tools and techniques with real-world stories of innovative people and businesses, this book is a provocation, an inspiration, and an invitation to unleash the innate creativity that lies within each of us. It offers a more dynamic and integrative way to adapt and innovate, one that allows us the freedom to access our full human selves.


Create Like Your Life Depends on
Flow between Wonder and Rigor
Ask a Better Friggin Question
Leverage Organized Chaos

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Natalie Nixon is president of Figure 8 Thinking. She is a regular contributor to Inc. and a global speaker represented by the BigSpeak Speakers Bureau. She has spoken at TEDxPhiladelphia, the Business Innovation Factory, 360 Possibles (in France), Creative Mornings, the Copenhagen Institute for Interactive Design, the European Innovation Academy, and the Mayo Clinic Transform conference. Nixon is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania in social innovation and design thinking and a senior advisor at Econsult Solutions. She holds a PhD in design management from the University of Westminster in London, an MS from Thomas Jefferson University in global textile marketing, and a BA (cum laude) from Vassar College in anthropology and Africana studies.

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