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Insight: Encouraging Aha! Moments for Organizational Success 1st Edition

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• Challenges the assumption that aha! moments just happen and come from nowhere

• Provides tools and tips for ways to encourage the aha! experience to happen faster and more reliably

• Offers suggestions from people in a range of organizations, jobs, and outlooks, from business and beyond

• Distinguishes two types of aha! experiences: the "I get it!" and the "Eureka!" aha's

• Includes over 100 interviews with people of diverse ages, jobs, organizations, and perspectives about how they encourage aha! experiences in themselves and others

• Presents multiple frameworks to illustrate how the insight experience happens and what activities help encourage it

• Offers endnotes and additional sources to explore

• Includes exercises and puzzles to encourage creativity and generate ideas


"We live in an era where innovation and creativity have become buzzwords, hundreds of un-innovative articles and books are being published 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 importantly, how to do it faster! Insight: Encouraging Aha! Moments for Organizational Success is without a doubt a deeply needed, rigorously researched, and iconoclastically written book which overflows with provocative ideas." (Marco Busi
CEO and Head of Research, Carisma RCT Ltd.
Editor-in-chief, Strategic Outsourcing, an International Journal)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; 1 edition (May 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313366438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313366437
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,116,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Smith on November 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Insight: Encouraging Aha! Moments for Organizational Success is an excellent book for those who are interested in learning more about the discovery of creative insights. This is a book that literally has great ideas for everybody, but especially for those people who want to "get it;" that is, build their capacity for ingenious thinking.

Nancy Napier is a marvelous writer. She is able to distill arcane academic research concepts and findings in informative and entertaining ways that vibrantly engage readers. Napier is particularly successful in turning various case studies into practical lessons on thinking with imagination.

This book offers exceptional value for those who are trying to hone their ability in solving difficult problems; who are challenged with breaking through persistent constraints; or who are attempting to create new enterprises.

Napier's text uses a breadth of examples to present concepts and to explain them in vivid but understandable ways. She is more than just a great story teller; she is a master in educating without coming off as overly academic.

Insight follows a logical conceptual framework/structure outlined by Napier in the Introduction and she carefully defines "insight" in Chapter 1 along with a penetrating look at the fine nuances of "aha" moments. Following Chapter 1, the book is broken down into three sections consistent with her conceptual model: sort; moving toward the peak; and, replicating insight. Throughout the book Napier offers solid scholarship citing leading, current research in the well-documented chapters, and practical interpretations incorporating well-articulated examples.

My favorite chapter (Chapter 5: Pushing Against the Rock) focuses on reverse or contrarian thinking to stimulate creative insight. This chapter alone was worth the price of admission. This is a book that should be in the personal library of every aspiring executive, manager and administrator
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Nice title. That's about it.
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