Summary of The Creativity Toolkit

Provoking Creativity in Individuals and Organizations

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The Creativity Toolkit book summary
Creativity is no accident. You can revive the creativity you had when you were a kid, by using some adult planning and some practical tools. You can be original, creative, and unique — if you dare.


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H. James Harrington, Glen D. Hoffherr and Robert P. Reid argue that creativity is not reserved for the few. Rather, it is a skill all humans can develop - if they are willing to step back from their day-to-day routines and focus on their inner lives. This book is a mind-altering system. It is packed with quotes, cartoons, graphs, and exercises to help individuals and organizations realize their creative potential. If the writing seems redundant at times, it is only because the authors want you to be able to open the book anywhere and learn something quickly - and you can. getAbstract recommends this book and its CD-ROM package to high-level managers looking to shake things up in the office or in their personal lives. But lower-level employees who want to move up in the world will benefit from it as well.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How creativity is fostered – and stifled
  • Why creativity can spring from the most unlikely candidates
  • Why stress and creativity are at opposite ends of the spectrum


Stifling Creativity
Children burst with creativity. For them, the world is a series of possibilities. Every moment is an opportunity to invent something. But what happens to children when they grow up and enter the world of business? Influenced by social or business conventions, they lose...
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About the Authors

Dr. H. James Harrington has more than 45 years of experience in quality systems. He currently serves as the International Quality Advisor with Ernst & Young, LLP. Glen D. Hoffherr is a senior consultant for James Martin Government Consulting. He has written, co-written, or contributed to more than fifteen books. Robert P. Reid, Jr. is known for his dynamic presentations. He has made many contributions to the literature of organizational change management, creative thinking, and systems design.

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