- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 26, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1119161282
- ISBN-13: 978-1119161288
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
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A corporate real estate consultant walks into the Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatreand buys it. The punchline comes when his business innovation makes up for 10 percent annual losses and eventually catapults revenue far beyond what any theater should reasonably generate. His secret? The Innovative Mindset.
When the curtain goes up, improvisational comedy actors step into their role as master innovators because there isn't a script. In business, it's harder to know when innovation is needed and how to do it. In this groundbreaking guide, John Sweeney and Elena Imaretska show you how living in the improv actor's mindset of discovery can lead to significant business productivity and profitability. By practicing the Big Five behaviors in your everyday life, you can become a better communicator, be more comfortable with risk, build your confidence, and reduce judging yourself and othersall traits that spark and fuel breakthrough innovations. Eradicate fear from your psyche and free yourself to:
- Distract your inner negative voice and sell your innovation by listening
- Use concrete skills and techniques to eliminate the personal bias hampering innovation
- Build innovation and drive change by declaring your point of view and sharing your opinions and ideas
- Generate insight and diverse points of view by reframing the same situation different ways
- Ensure innovation happens by finding what's useful in the barriers you encounter and moving forward
While this practical guide lets you integrate its lessons into your daily interactions with people right away, only through dedication to your innovation fitness plan and disciplined adherence to your practice regimen can you ultimately approach life head on with a fully developed mindset of discovery.
Whether you want to change your industry or improve your business processes, the first step to finding a solution is The Innovative Mindset.
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The Innovative Mindset
"Where we focus our time and energy is critical to our success. This book is a great guide for anyone seeking to behave in a way that transcends fear and fuels progress. An innovative mindset is the key to a happier, more productive, stronger life in and outside of the workplace."
MARCUS BUCKINGHAM, New York Times bestselling author and founder and chairman of TMBC
"John Sweeney has an innovative mindset. I have witnessed it personally. We all would like it. Reading this inspiring book is a great first step."
MARILYN CARLSON NELSON, Former Chairman and CEO, Carlson Cos., Forbes magazine's one of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women"
"Get off your personal stagnation couch and become more innovatively fit with this behavior-based guide from Sweeney and Imaretska. Your creative mind will thank you."
BRANDON ROWBERRY, Vice Chair, Mayo Clinic
"Innovation is such an important part of thriving in today's business environment. There are many innovation systems and methods available but to get it right you need to focus on the human behaviors. This book truly gets the behavior side of innovation and can help you do the same."
PHIL CORDELL, Global Head, Focused Service and Hampton by Hilton Brand Management, Hilton Worldwide
"Focused on the critically important role that behavior and culture play in innovation, John Sweeney and the Brave New Workshop provide a clear playbook and practical examples of how to develop world class innovation capability in a fun and engaging way. His approach has changed our behaviors and sparked a new conversation around innovation at Ingersoll Rand."
PAUL A. CAMUTI, Senior Vice President of Innovation and Chief Technology Officer, Ingersoll Rand
"I recommend this book to anyone who is looking to achieve professional or personal growth. The Minnesota Timberwolves have partnered with John and Brave New Workshop for many years, and his unique and entertaining approach to business training is unparalleled. From new sales staff to senior executives, John's creative programs have impacted our employees in many positive ways, helping them to grow in their role, think more innovatively and achieve great results."
CHRIS WRIGHT, President, Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Basketball Team
"If anyone can help you change your mindset, it's the team of John Sweeney and Elena Imaretska. Through their work with the Brave New Workshop, they break the barriers of innovation and fearlessness. This book is a how to for a brave new YOU."
HARVEY MACKAY, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive
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This book is very easy to read and mixed with a variety of stories and lessons that the authors have personally experienced.
An easy and enjoyable read.
John Sweeney is the primary voice here and I was reminded of a regional trait in the Upper Midwest of a natural humility. Though “I” is a frequently used pronoun here, I never got the sense the Sweeney was preening.
As in improvisational theatre where performers must conjure up scenes on a moment’s notice, this is a book intended to train business and organization employees how to innovate, essentially, by letting their imaginations run without fear or limitation.
This is an unusually interesting entry in this genre and I am somewhat at a loss when it comes to providing a one or two word description. It is a self-help book in one way, an inspirational or motivational book in another, a how-to tome and more.
It is intended to help the reader open their mind to new ways to innovate and, frankly, I think it does that, though I can’t quite explain how it manages those disparate tasks. Very much a singular statement, it is very much worth reading.
Step. By. Step.
If someone asked, "Do you have a fav. chapter?" I'd say: The Art of Practice. Why? Easy, As I read those pages (31-40) I recognized the habits I have. The habits that help; and, the ones that hinder.
If you and your team ONLY has time to read one chapter - however - of this book, I'd say start with chapter 1: "Behavioral Innovation: Remember the Human." For from that chapter, I took the most notes of any other chapter. For example, on the top of page 5 I wrote: "You have to BE...to HAVE. And, before you can do THAT, you have to behave as if it's true."
Look, the future of your organization, effort, initiative depends on you doing things you're doing now better, and doing things you haven't thought of yet to the best of your ability. Too often, people hold on to "what used to work," and as you read this book - The Innovative Mindset - you're going to have to ask yourself, "Am I thinking in innovative, improvisational, forward-moving ways?"
When you think about HOW you think: That's your mindset. And, WHAT you do: That's behavior. And, HOW you do it: That's your skillset and toolkit.
If you're looking to the future - for your company, your department, your family, your legacy- and you are thinking of how you design for that, read this book. Before you know it, you're going to feel uncomfortable. And, the longer you can stay there, the longer you pause through the silence, instead of saying um or uh, the more profound your realization can be.
Give yourself the gift of your own attention, ready this book. You will start to see - and then DO - things differently.
The improvisation trainings interested me more than the actual professional comedy shows. People take classes there in improvisation, and this teaches them skills that carry over into other areas of their lives.
It makes sense that improvisation requires a large and great skillset, although I hadn't previously made the connection to it being a way to develop an innovative mindset. The authors made the connection though, and they sold me on it.
It turns out that improvisation requires all the best from us starting with healthy risk-taking and creativity. We simply can't stay stuck in negativity when we're in improvisation mode, not that it's an easy thing to do. This also explains why every employee must be given some scope to improvise, because it keeps our thinking fresh and allows us to do our best in our work.
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