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Editor Jocelyn K. Glei offers a selection of practices that leaders use to encourage inspiration and to avoid multitasking. To help your ideas bloom, she says, structure time for your own creativity. Her fascinating compilation, part of the 99U Book Series, draws on the insights of various creative thinkers, including coach Mark McGuinness, Behance founder Scott Belsky and behavioral economist Dan Ariely. Glei offers sound advice to help you work in tumultuous situations, connect with yourself instead of constantly communicating with everyone else, avoid the distractions of email and social media, and develop a productive routine. She also provides links to the websites of the thinkers whose insights she features. getAbstract advocates this best-selling compilation to those seeking to increase their focus, productivity and creativity.
About the Authors
Jocelyn K. Glei is editor-in-chief and director of 99U – which teaches how to make ideas happen. She’s the former global managing editor of the online media company Flavorpill.