The Creativity Leap: Unleash Curiosity, Improvisation, and Intuition at Work (Paperback)
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"Natalie Nixon's new book provides a fresh primer on how to cultivate creativity in the workplace."
--Nir Eyal, bestselling author of Hooked and Indistractable
Too many people associate creativity solely with the arts, even though to be an incredible scientist, engineer, or entrepreneur requires immense creativity. And it's the key to developing breakthrough products and services. Natalie Nixon, a creativity strategist with a background in cultural anthropology, fashion, and service design, says that in the fourth industrial revolution a creativity leap is needed to bridge the gap that exists between the churn of work and the highly sought-after prize called innovation.
Nixon says that since humans are hardwired to be creative, it is a competency anyone can develop. She shows that it balances wonder (awe, audacity, and curiosity) with rigor (discipline, skill-building, and attention to detail), and that inquiry, improvisation, and intuition are the key practices that increase those capacities. Drawing on interviews with fifty-six people from diverse backgrounds--farming, law, plumbing, architecture, perfumery, medicine, education, technology, and more--she offers illuminating examples of how creativity manifests in every kind of work.
Combining creativity tools and techniques with real-world stories of innovative people and businesses, this book is a provocation, an inspiration, and an invitation to unleash the innate creativity that lies within each of us. It offers a more dynamic and integrative way to adapt and innovate, one that allows us the freedom to access our full human selves.
About the Author
Natalie Nixon is a creativity strategist and president of Figure 8 Thinking. She advises and emboldens leaders to transform their businesses through creativity and foresight. She is a regular contributor to Inc. and the editor of Strategic Design Thinking. She is a global speaker whose roster includes TEDxPhiladelphia, Cusp conference, the Business Innovation Factory, SEB Group, 360 Possibles, CreativeMornings, the Copenhagen Institute of Interactive Design, the European Innovation Academy, and the Mayo Clinic's Transform conference. Nixon holds a PhD in design management, an MS in global textile marketing, and a BA (cum laude) in anthropology and Africana studies.
Honorable Mention in the 2021 Fast Company World Changing Ideas Award.
2020 Porchlight Business Book of the Year Awards winner in the Creativity & Innovation category.
Shortlisted for the Soundview 2020 Best Business Books Award.
“Creativity is often looked upon as some kiss from the muse, some lighting strike in the brain that’s random. Michelangelo wasn’t random, nor was Steve Jobs. Nor is Natalie Nixon in this fascinating and insightful new work on the topic.”
-Alan Weiss, PhD, President of Summit Consulting Group; Author of Fearless Leadership and over 60 other books
"This book is practical, probing and essential.”
-Beth Comstock, Author, Imagine it Forward and former Vice Chair, GE
"Take a leap and buy this book in order to not only generate more creativity but to turn it into a competency.”
-B. Joseph Pine II, co-author, The Experience Economy
“Natalie Nixon offers a fresh way of thinking about creativity--as an essential skill that is absolutely critical to success in today’s world.”
-Warren Berger, Best-selling Author of A More Beautiful Question
"Natalie's remarkable book provides a simple blueprint for creatively living in this time of overwhelming change.”
-Dan Roam, International Bestselling Author of The Back of The Napkin