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Surrounded by Geniuses: Unlocking the Brilliance in Yourself, Your Colleagues and Your Organization Paperback – September 1, 2010
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Innovation in business is critical and complex. In Surrounded by Geniuses, Alan gives us big ideas, clear examples, and the perspective to improve business performance.
No one needs a "me-too" anything-great companies learn to transform customers into fans. Surrounded by Geniuses can help you begin your quest for the next great idea. IT IS AN IMPORTANT AND ENJOYABLE READ.
Dr. Gregerman has made an important contribution to our understanding of the power of each of us and our organizations to innovate, create, and do so much more. His ideas are clear, concrete, and surprising in their originality. Surrounded by Geniuses is a book for anyone struggling to get beyond incremental thinking.
Winning in today's business environment requires focus, curiosity, and openness to new ways of thinking-and Surrounded by Geniuses has all of these! This book stands out in the business advice crowd. It's filled with humor, passion, clarity, and powerful insight about what it takes to win in the most competitive markets by tapping the talents of all of your people.
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What we have in this one is a combination of information, insights, and counsel that will help those who read the book to "unlock the brilliance within them" that has been held hostage, to date, by a lack of self-confidence and probably suppression by the defenders of what James O'Toole characterizes as "the ideology of comfort and the tyranny of custom."
Early on, Gregerman observes that his book on two ideas that have powerful implications for his readers and their organizations: "The first idea is that we all have the potential to be geniuses...The second idea is that we live in a world where we are surrounded by genius and knowledge that can be used to transform practically any company or organization...The only problem with these two idea is the reality that they run counter to the way most of us -- and most of our organizations -- prefer to view each other and the world around us."
In his recently published book, The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great Ideas, David Burkus suggests that there are ten primary dimensions of creative mythology that comprise a "system of heuristics, of speculative formulations, on how creativity works...and they have become well-entrenched myths.Read more ›
In my work as an organization development consultant and leadership coach, I support organizations as they grapple with the reality that change is mandatory, but growth is optional. Always welcome are ideas for infusing a growth and "what's the opportunity here" mentality into the uncertain and often frightening world of organizational and personal change.
And, when it comes down to it, there is no greater opportunity than more fully being in the moments we live, having more engaged conversations, and really seeing the outstanding performance--and genius--that surrounds us. After all, there is never nothing going on out there. We just need more gentle pushes, like Gregerman's book, to help us remember that and point the way to better seeing.
But what I liked most about this book is that Dr. Gregerman is action oriented. Contrary to many other books that wow you then leave you dreaming, he provides a section at the end of each chapter about where to go from here, and how to conduct your own research.
Thanks, Dr. Gregerman! Great job!
President, Specified Technologies Inc.
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As someone always looking for inspiration this has been an extremely helpful resource and aid! This is book is truly a treasure!Published on February 2, 2014 by dc23
This is a book first and foremost about customer service. It had me thinking of things in a way I haven't thought of them before. Read morePublished on December 9, 2012 by Rachel Berbiglia
I had the pleasure to meet Alan and participate last week in one of his live workshops -- wow, what an inspiring message! I appreciate his generosity and helping spirit. Read morePublished on April 30, 2009 by D. Hill
Dr. Gregerman has done a wonderful job of breaking down the complex ideas into simple applications for recognizing the good in ourselves and those around us. Read morePublished on March 3, 2009 by G. Deatherage
It doesn't take a genius to know this is a great read! If you are curious about finding the genius in yourself and others, then this is the book for you. Read morePublished on July 31, 2008 by D. Fleming
Alan Gregerman's book Surrounded by Geniuses was a great read! Not only did it pertain to my work life, but also to my personal life. I would recommend this book at everyone.Published on July 21, 2008 by Erika Dowgiallo
A fun read. Delivering compelling value is key and Dr. Gregerman has hit the nail on the head with his observations about products and services in our own neighborhood that do it... Read morePublished on July 21, 2008 by P. Robinson
A delightful and thoughtful book that reminds us to take time to look at our surroundings. The best ideas in business need not be the most complicated. Read morePublished on July 21, 2008 by M. Harvey
Gregerman has put together a unique array of narratives from the cheetah to Lockheed's rocket science program to delineate key attitudes and mindsets toward maximizing both the... Read morePublished on May 7, 2008 by L. R. Ames