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Creative Change: Why We Resist It . . . How We Can Embrace It Paperback – January 2, 2018
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"This enlightening book not only shows why people reject creativity but provides solutions on how to switch one's thinking and truly welcome it." -Publishers Weekly
"Solid reading for the business set" -- Kirkus Reviews
"We all claim to love creative ideas, but this book reveals why we're so often biased against them—and how we can overcome the barriers that stand in the way of innovation." -Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of ORIGINALS and GIVE AND TAKE
“Jen Mueller makes a telling point: To be most successful, we need both to foster creativity in ourselves and to reduce our resistance to it when it occurs around us. Better still, she provides manageable, scientifically-grounded steps for doing each. Count me sold on this book.”
-- Robert Cialdini, author of Influence and of Pre-Suasion
“If we all crave creativity so much, why do we reject new ideas so often? Jen Mueller’s smart new book unravels this puzzle” – Daniel H. Pink, bestselling author of Drive and A Whole New World
"'Playing it safe' has never been riskier—yet truly embracing change has never felt tougher. Jennifer Mueller offers refreshingly creative insights and relentlessly useful advice for unleashing creativity in your company, your career, and your life. Don't just sit there...Read this book—and change something!"
-William C. Taylor, Cofounder, Fast Company and author of Simply Brilliant
“This book completely changed the way I think about creative innovation: the challenge is not coming up with good ideas but training yourself to recognize them. A must read.”
--Cal Newport, Bestselling author of Deep Work and So Good They Can’t Ignore You
“We all have a love-hate relationship with creativity. In Creative Change, Jennifer Mueller tells fascinating tales of how we unconsciously undermine our best creative intentions. She reveals the latest psychological science explaining this conflict and offers concrete steps for making creative change happen in our work, our companies, and our world. Whether you’re trying to save the planet or save your business, you need this book.”
--Teresa Amabile, Professor and Director of Research, Harvard Business School, and co-author of The Progress Principle
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Mostly is an easy read, with great external stories and interviews, and ideas to further elaborate or think about. It’s also a great book for young individuals who are thinking about creative change, what it means and how to make it happen. The best part, it’s all about “business as usual” without the business heavy and conbursome tone.
Enjoyed it greatly.
(1.) People in positions of authority are not eagerly waiting for the rank and file to generate beneficial ideas despite what they say. They're already overwhelmed - aren't we all?
(2.) Stakeholders will want to change any ideas presented to them about change. That's just natural, to be expected. Therefore great new ideas have to go through a process. Because of this, it's not not usually healthy for any of us to front load our investment in ideas that involve change.
(3.) The "selling" of an idea about change requires a whole lot because it's a complex sale; each set of stakeholders has to be sold based on benefits to them. No one sales presentation will do this.
(4.) Making ideas about change happen requires top-level support. So don't push the issue if that's not there.
(5.) Even when organizations support teams that evaluate ideas about change and then use their resources to implement them, there is an incredible amount of work to be done to make the change happen - no free lunch.
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