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“Thompson shows that by devising rules and sticking to them and by carefully crafting the make-up of a group, they can become a source for creative collaboration. Her advice is practical and is applicable to everything from start-up teams trying to come up with new ideas to musicians working together, to advertising executives and creative directors developing pitches....[and] could save thousands of business managers, entrepreneurs, art directors and others, hours of time when coming together to generate new ideas.” — Business Day

“This is a useful book for leadership teams that want to refresh their practices. It will certainly provoke lively dialogue.” — School Administrator magazine (AASA)

“This is a great book on teamwork in business and other types of organizations. Leigh Thompson, with her knowledge, teaching and many years of experience, has made a valuable contribution with it to help teams formulate goals and achieve them.” — BIZ INDIA

“Her book provides solid guidelines for any organization that relies on teamwork to get things done.” — BizEd magazine

ADVANCE PRAISE for Creative Conspiracy:

Harry M. Jansen Kraemer, Jr., former Chairman and CEO, Baxter International—
“Whether you’re a senior executive or a junior manager just starting your career, you’ll find Leigh Thompson’s ideas and advice on creativity challenging, insightful, and extremely valuable. I wish she had written this book ten years ago!”

Mark A. Rittenberg, Lecturer, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley—
“Leigh Thompson tears down popular team-building myths and provides fresh solutions to common challenges in this engaging, counterintuitive book. Creative Conspiracy is a must-read for leaders of high-impact teams working to make a difference.”

Claudia Poccia, President and CEO, Gurwitch Products—
Creative Conspiracy breaks traditional paradigms by emphasizing the significance of supporting individual creativity to achieve an innovative group dynamic.”

Pierre Casse, Professor of Leadership, Skolkovo Moscow School of Management—
“In this provocative yet practical book, Leigh Thompson provides eminently useful guidelines for effective collaboration as well as unexpected answers to critical leadership questions: Are individuals or teams the source of outstanding creativity? Where do performance, progress, and success come from? Be ready for some major surprises.”

Stephen M. Calk, Chairman and CEO, National Bancorp Holdings and The Federal Savings Bank—
“Professor Thompson’s unique and thoughtful insight into the true drivers of creativity is required reading for any CEO interested in effective and timely return on investment. Her thorough research is a real wake-up call to leaders who want to ensure that creativity is not only fostered but embraced in both mainline and cutting-edge organizations.”

Karen Jehn, Professor of Management, Melbourne Business School—
“A true myth buster! Creative Conspiracy is a must-read for anyone interested in creating dynamic, high-performing teams.”

About the Author

Leigh Thompson is the J. Jay Gerber Professor of Dispute Resolution and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management. She directs the highly successful Kellogg executive course, Leading High Impact Teams, and the Kellogg Team and Group Research Center. She also codirects the Negotiation Strategies for Managers course. Thompson has published more than 100 research articles and has authored nine books, including The Truth About Negotiations, Making the Team, and The Mind and Heart of the Negotiator.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (January 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422173348
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422173343
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
However different they may be in many respects, all of the healthiest organizations (most highly admired, best to work for, most profitable, lowest attrition of valued employees, etc.) create and sustain a workplace in which communication, cooperation, and (especially) collaboration between and among stakeholders are highly developed. Please keep that statement in mind as you read this excerpt from the Introduction in which Leigh Thompson observes:

"[Begin italics] Collaboration [end italics] is the art and science of combining people's talents, skills, and knowledge to achieve a common goal [or goals]. [begin italics] Creative collaboration [end italics] is the ability of teams and their leaders to organize, motivate, and combine talent to generate new and useful ideas. Teams that conspire to commit creative and innovative acts are engaged in a [begin italics] creative conspiracy [end italics]." The extent that an organization is committed to protecting, defending, and sustaining its status quo (i.e. "what got it here") will determine the nature and extent of the need for a conspiracy.

Thompson then suggests, "When collaboration is conscious, planned, and shared with others, excitement builds and a conspiracy develops. The teams that can meet the creative challenges posed to them are the hallmark of the most successful organizations and the subject of this book, which contains state-of-the-art research on collaboration and innovation."

And even when a creative conspiracy produces breakthrough innovation, those involved would be well-advised to keep in mind this observation by Howard Aiken: "Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.
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This is an unusual book about innovating -- it doesn't waste a lot time trying to be unusual. Instead, it provides a series of important ways to improve idea generation. This is a book for anyone who is tired of the "let's take off our shoes and socks and shoot Nerf guns" approach to creativity and wants to think and work like those who are creative for a living.
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The author presents a research-based approach to motivating teams to achieve creativity and innovation. I have already begun to use these principles with my own team and I can see the benefits. I would encourage anyone leading R&D teams to read this book.
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