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- Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (January 1, 2013)
- Publication Date: January 1, 2013
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- Language: English
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This is a useful book for leadership teams that want to refresh their practices. It will certainly provoke lively dialogue.” School Administrator magazine (AASA)
This is a great book on teamwork in business and other types of organizations. Leigh Thompson, with her knowledge, teaching and many years of experience, has made a valuable contribution with it to help teams formulate goals and achieve them.” BIZ INDIA
Her book provides solid guidelines for any organization that relies on teamwork to get things done.” BizEd magazine
ADVANCE PRAISE for Creative Conspiracy:
Harry M. Jansen Kraemer, Jr., former Chairman and CEO, Baxter International
Whether you’re a senior executive or a junior manager just starting your career, you’ll find Leigh Thompson’s ideas and advice on creativity challenging, insightful, and extremely valuable. I wish she had written this book ten years ago!”
Mark A. Rittenberg, Lecturer, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
Leigh Thompson tears down popular team-building myths and provides fresh solutions to common challenges in this engaging, counterintuitive book. Creative Conspiracy is a must-read for leaders of high-impact teams working to make a difference.”
Claudia Poccia, President and CEO, Gurwitch Products
Creative Conspiracy breaks traditional paradigms by emphasizing the significance of supporting individual creativity to achieve an innovative group dynamic.”
Pierre Casse, Professor of Leadership, Skolkovo Moscow School of Management
In this provocative yet practical book, Leigh Thompson provides eminently useful guidelines for effective collaboration as well as unexpected answers to critical leadership questions: Are individuals or teams the source of outstanding creativity? Where do performance, progress, and success come from? Be ready for some major surprises.”
Stephen M. Calk, Chairman and CEO, National Bancorp Holdings and The Federal Savings Bank
Professor Thompson’s unique and thoughtful insight into the true drivers of creativity is required reading for any CEO interested in effective and timely return on investment. Her thorough research is a real wake-up call to leaders who want to ensure that creativity is not only fostered but embraced in both mainline and cutting-edge organizations.”
Karen Jehn, Professor of Management, Melbourne Business School
A true myth buster! Creative Conspiracy is a must-read for anyone interested in creating dynamic, high-performing teams.”
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If you manage a team, are part of a team that isn't quite hitting your optimal functionality....this book is for you.
"[Begin italics] Collaboration [end italics] is the art and science of combining people's talents, skills, and knowledge to achieve a common goal [or goals]. [begin italics] Creative collaboration [end italics] is the ability of teams and their leaders to organize, motivate, and combine talent to generate new and useful ideas. Teams that conspire to commit creative and innovative acts are engaged in a [begin italics] creative conspiracy [end italics]." The extent that an organization is committed to protecting, defending, and sustaining its status quo (i.e. "what got it here") will determine the nature and extent of the need for a conspiracy.
Thompson then suggests, "When collaboration is conscious, planned, and shared with others, excitement builds and a conspiracy develops. The teams that can meet the creative challenges posed to them are the hallmark of the most successful organizations and the subject of this book, which contains state-of-the-art research on collaboration and innovation."
And even when a creative conspiracy produces breakthrough innovation, those involved would be well-advised to keep in mind this observation by Howard Aiken: "Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats."
With rare exception, the best business books are research-driven and that is certainly true of this one as Thompson's Notes (Pages 195-220) clearly indicate. The revelations of that research have convinced her that (a) insofar as innovation is concerned, teams and individuals are not mutually-exclusive; (b) it is imperative to understand (and accommodate) when and why teams and individuals work best; (c) a combination of individual work can achieve innovation breakthroughs when combined with structured team interaction; and (d) appropriate to an "open" business model, the nature an extent of collaboration should be inclusive but with clear goal setting and goal striving as well as spirited and vigorous, principled rather than self-serving debate. Finally, "Less talking and more doing, via brainwriting rather then brainstorming."
Thompson offers in this book a cohesive, comprehensive, and cost-effective system within which both individuals and teams can thrive. Presumably she agrees with me, however, that it would be a fool's errand to attempt to apply everything she recommends for consideration. It remains for each reader to determine which of the abundance of material is most relevant to the needs, interests, resources, concerns, and strategic objectives of the given enterprise.
These are among the dozens of passages that caught my eye, also listed to suggest the range of subjects covered during the course of the book's narrative:
o Eight Myths That Have Become Pseudo-Science (Pages 13-23)
o The Creative Collaboration [Self/Team] Assessment (24-31)
o Creative Conspiracy: Key Issues and Themes (32-36)
o Four-Step Process for a Dialogue-Based Peer Review (48-49)
o Noah Had It Wrong: We Don't Need Two of Everything! (66-70)
o The SCIENCE of Personality (71-76)
o Traps to Avoid (88-92)
o Psychological Flow, and, Nurturing the Creative Team (101-107)
o A Mind in Motion Stays in Motion (112-113)
o Neutralizing Alpha-Dominant People (127-133)
o Brain storming 1.0, and, Brainstorming 6.0 (152-156)
o Use a Hybrid Structure (160-164)
o Creating an Action Plan for Instigating a Creative Conspiracy (178-182)
o Tell Stories (189)
o Create a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy, and, Making Anxiety Work for You (191-194)
I realize that no brief commentary such as mine can possibly do full justice to the scope and depth of material that Leigh Thompson provides in this volume but I hope that I have at least suggested why I think so highly of it. Also, I hope that those who read this commentary will be better prepared to determine whether or not they wish to read the book and, in that event, will have at least some idea of how the mastery of specific skills and techniques can prepare them to achieve breakthrough collaboration, especially now when it is most needed in what has become a global marketplace.