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Leading on the Creative Edge: Gaining Competitive Advantage Through the Power of Creative Problem Solving Paperback


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Innovation Resources Inc. (August 15, 2004)
  • ISBN-10: 1891741020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891741029
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,850,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Enlightening" will strike you again and again in this electrifying book. -- HUMOResources, 1998 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Roger L. Firestien, Ph.D., is President of Innovation Resources, Inc. and Associate Professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at the State University of New York College at Buffalo, NY.

A noted speaker, author and consultant, Dr. Firestien has designed and presented programs on Creative Problem Solving to thousands of audiences throughout the United States, Europe, and South America

He is the author of more than seventy articles, books, and audio and video programs published in both the popular and professional press. Some of his publications include: "Why Didn't I Think of That?" and "Power Think". He is also the host and writer of the video program "Unleashing the Power of Creativity".


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Format: Paperback
Even in the worst employment environments a person has a 33% chance of improvement through creativity and an imaginative idea is needed. The book ideas are designed for situations that are complex and ambiguous and where a working solution does not exist. First, take responsibility for creativity. Second, leader management quality directly affects the level of worker creativity. Many leaders will not tolerate an idea that does not fit their world. Creativity starts small and begins with small questions. Third, identify the problem to be solved by asking five why questions before settling on a problem definition. For example, Question 1: why should I write the Service Request software? Answer: To create a central electronic location for the purpose of coordinating software development. Question 2: Why is coordinating group activity important? Answer: Group coordination allows for the sharing of information and provides quick communication and relevant information. Question 3: Why is quick communication important? Answer: Quick communication reduces development delays, reduces time caused from rework, and reduces error caused from ambiguity. Question 4: Why is reducing time and error important? Answer: Because reducing time and error improves quality and quality sales. Question 5: Why is quality important? Answer: Quality allows the software developer to have more time increasing value and reduces waste that distracts from value.

Defer judgment on an ideas, "The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas." By deferring judgment allowing individuals who are looking for a better way to do business too have a space where they can voice their ideas and opinions. Judgment used at the wrong time is one of the greatest inhibitors of creativity.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paula Thornton on June 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I was in the final throes of completing a training course and went to the library to gather some minor research support. In looking through one section I stumbled onto this book. What a lucky find. While the organization/sequencing of the materials was not as "tight" as I might like, there were enough concepts here that got me thinking, which is just what I needed. I look for things that inspire. There was even an example in the book that I'm using to illustrate a good solution that missed its potential (not the author's intent). Roger even reminded me of the importance of other research I've done before and helped me find a way to tie that research into the materials I was collecting.
Even more importantly, it introduced a concept that blew out a personal mental block I was having (a performance limiting factor). My family will be grateful for that serendipidous event.
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By treedaangel on April 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I had to find a book to deliver a report on in learning how to present ideas and brainstorm. This book was more than helpful. It was a meeting of managers and executives. The deputy director of cook county Healthcare and Family Services was very impressed by the book, my powerpoint presentation and how fast I actually received the book. Thanks much for the assistance.
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Not a book about creativity for creativity's sake, but a well organized guide which stresses the bottom line impact of what on the surface could be mistaken for a soft skill set. Creativity can be nurtured, and the book describes, with lots of real life examples, how you can capitalize on the creativity of the people in your organization. My only gripe is that a good portion of the book doesn't present anything new, but effectively highlights and exemplifies the importance of positive reinforcement, and how to do brainstorming right.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Travis on September 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Why do all these books about creative thinking keep repeating all the stuff that has been written before. It's always the same old same old. If you have nothing new to contribute, why publish one more book. Save the tree.
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