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#8 New York Times Best Seller (Hardcover Business)
#2 Wall Street Journal Best Seller (Hardcover Business)
#9 Wall Street Journal Best Seller (Hardcover Nonfiction)
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“In today’s fiercely competitive global marketplace the most important resource any business has is the creative thinking of its people. In Disciplined Dreaming, Josh Linkner lays out a road map that will guide individuals, teams, and companies to higher levels of creativity. It is a journey that will lead to better ideas and breakthrough thinking—and those who take it will also have a lot of fun along the way.”
—Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company
“The creativity gap is real and it’s getting worse. Josh Linkner challenges you to become a disruptive force for change, and I hope you will.”
—Seth Godin, author, Linchpin and Purple Cow
“Josh Linkner is a tremendous business leader who has established a successful and sustainable company, as well as a culture that nurtures employees to help them maximize their potential.”
—Hon. Jennifer M. Granholm, governor, State of Michigan
“At Zappos, one of our core values is to be adventurous, creative, and open-minded. Disciplined Dreaming can help spark your creative potential.”
—Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos.com and author, Delivering Happiness
“The world has changed dramatically, and we have now entered a new era of creativity. Disciplined Dreaming is a roadmap to new ideas, and helps business leaders at all levels unleash their creativity in order to reach their full potential. This important and thoughtful book is a must-read to compete in the next era of business, and life.”
—Charlene Li, founder, Altimiter Group and author, Groundswell and Open Leadership
“There’s a lot business people can learn from jazz musicians. The days of managing by musical score are gone—today, victory goes to the improviser. If you are not tinkering with your business every day, sooner or later the markets will begin to tinker with you—and it won’t be pleasant. Disciplined Dreaming helps you avoid these pitfalls and provides a systematic approach to becoming that winning improviser.”
—Keith McFarland, #1 best-selling author, The Breakthrough Company and Bounce
“It is often said there are dreamers and there are doers. Never before has someone connected the dots and clarified the path between ‘dreaming’ and ‘doing’ like Josh Linkner has in Disciplined Dreaming. This is a must-read for the innovators and creators who want to cross over to the execution side and make their dreams come to life.”
—Dan Gilbert, chairman and founder, Quicken Loans, and majority owner, Cleveland Cavaliers
“Creativity fuels the growth engine that drives results. Disciplined Dreaming gives us a practical and inspirational roadmap to move us from incremental improvements to radical breakthroughs. Josh Linkner has successfully built some of the most creative companies in the world and shows us the way.”
—Jeff DeGraff, professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and author, Leading Innovation and Creativity at Work
“Now all those days I spent dreaming can be put to good use. Disciplined Dreaming helps you harness your creativity. Well worth your time.”
—Keith Crain, chairman and CEO, Crain Communications
“In Disciplined Dreaming, Josh Linkner offers a guide for encouraging and protecting creativity as one of the few sustainable advantages in a relentlessly competitive environment. I would recommend it highly for the leaders and advisors to any high growth organization.”
—Victor E. Parker, managing director, Spectrum Equity Investors
"As economies and world markets continue to change, businesses are constantly being pulled into cost cutting, automation, and risk management. Although these are important elements of business success, we can't lose sight of the driving force of prosperity, the reason that any company exists in the first place, the source of both business and human fulfillment: creativity."From the Introduction
In Disciplined Dreaming, business innovator and jazz musician Josh Linkner shows exactly how you can create profitable new ideas, empower employees to flex their creative muscles, and tap into the power of creativity to sustain a competitive advantage over the long haul. Drawing on interviews with hundreds of successful CEOs, entrepreneurs, and artists, Linkner distills exactly how creativity can be encouraged, as well as its impact on the bottom line.
Disciplined Dreaming outlines a proven, easy-to-apply 5-step processAsk, Prepare, Discover, Ignite, and Launchthat will help you and your team develop your creativity chops. Through illustrative stories, real-world examples, and fun yet practical exercises, Linkner shows leaders and team builders how to become immediately more effective in discovering new routes to profitable solutions.
Designed to be flexible, Disciplined Dreaming clearly demonstrates how creativity can be used for everything from innovative, game-shifting breakthroughs to incremental advances and daily improvements to business processes. With Disciplined Dreaming, even the most resistant corporate bureaucracies can cultivate creativity and become more competitive in today's shifting marketplace.
For the most part I enjoyed reading the book.
The stories and examples Josh Linkner uses to illustrate his ideas are really entertaining and they hold clear and thought provoking messages.
Josh Linkner has really taken the art of creative thinking to a new level making it easy to understand and applicable to business.
Disciplined dreaming is a book for everyone. Dreams are what makes ting move. Also this is a great book for those of your still in the working world and also those of us who are... Read morePublished 3 months ago by John-H-L-Watson_111
Josh Linkner is an incredibly creative thinker. He has an amazing ability to help company's unleash their creative talent. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mark S Zikakis
Most books you read and put on the shelf. THis is a reference book of ideas to deliver creative ideas. Read morePublished 6 months ago by AMA
A down to earth guideline to success. Examples clarified complex issues to basic components. An enjoyable experience. Read morePublished 9 months ago by santos campos
I actually bought 3 copies- one for each of the managers at the properties I help with- its a great piece to get the staff motivated and re-focused!Published 14 months ago by Melanie Olsen
The book is very good and Josh is a GREAT speaker. My only complaint is that he seems to repeat himself in the book.Published 16 months ago by REALIST
Get content all around. A must-read for anyone looking to spur creativity and innovation in their organization. Read morePublished 16 months ago by J. Alan
Thrilled to see my Rolestorming concept included in Josh Linkner's Disciplined Dreaming. We are flooded with new books and techniques aimed at creativity and problem-solving. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Richard E. Griggs
I found this book very exciting and hopeful. I've been practicing some of the suggestions, and I'm feeling my creative juices starting to flow. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mary