Breakthrough Creativity: Achieving Top Performance Using the Eight Creative Talents

By Lynne C. Levesque, Ed.D.

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Breakthrough Creativity: Achieving Top Performance Using the Eight Creative Talents

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Howard Gardner's classic book Multiple Intelligences exploded the myth that intelligence can be measured along a single dimension. Now Breakthrough Creativity: Achieving Top Performance Using the Eight Creative Talents shows that creativity, like intelligence, exists in a variety of forms. It demonstrates most convincingly that organizations need to make use of creativity in all its dimensions to achieve high performance.

More than just "thinking outside the box" is required for leaders to build a flexible, adaptive organization that will grow and prosper and provide the environment that attracts and keeps its best talent. Based on research in personality, innovation, and creativity, as well as the author's experience in business, the book describes eight distinct creative talents. People of each talent have a unique way of looking at challenges, collecting data, and generating creative solutions.

Breakthrough Creativity describes in individual chapters how each talent works and how each contributes to the creativity of the organization. Each chapter also contains tips and techniques to improve the decision making, team building, and strategic planning and thinking processes of each talent. The book brings to life the stories and rich experiences of working individuals around the world to help readers discover their own creative talents and use them to further their professional and personal lives.

  There are so many excellent books on the (sometimes elusive) subject of creativity and this is one of the best.  

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From: Business Book Review:

"Breakthrough Creativity reminds the reader that being creative is necessary in any endeavor.... Unfortunately, many leaders and managers have no idea how to tap into the great wealth of creativity that exists in the workplace.... And the reason is of course, that most people only understand the myths built up around creativity and the creative individual, with no clue as to its pragmatic realities. Thus, Levesque brings practical understanding to what she perceives to be a skill, rather than a 'gift from the gods,' and provides management development professionals, managers, coaches, and consultants with the practical tools they can use to operationalize these skills.

"In today's business world, where creative capital is just as important and sought after as any other kind, knowing how creativity manifests itself is essential for success.

"With its engaging description of different personality types and relationships to creativity, Breakthrough Creativity is a quick and compelling read."

Lynne Levesque, Ed.D.

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