“If you are interested in the study of creativity and innovation or if you are a leader looking to learn how to facilitate creativity and innovation in your organization, then by all means you should read this book. The book’s content will make your efforts well worthwhile!” (Amazon review)
What’s different about this leadership book?
The Leadership Spark encompasses all the major theories and paradigms regarding leadership and business innovation. It is the only leadership book dealing with theory and practice, traditional and post-modern managerial systems (holacracy), spirituality and science of leadership, purpose and performance driven companies, organizational innovation and individual creativity.
After a century of creativity and innovation research, probing and testing, this book represents the most disruptive and complete solution.
Why bother reading this leadership book?
The Leadership Spark gives you the theory, examples, a ready available platform of business innovation and lots of free ideas to be implemented in your company.
For whom was this leadership book written?
For entrepreneurs seeking to stay ahead of the market, for innovation managers in companies, integral scholars and others interested in creativity, innovation and integral applications. It serves you well if you want to know:
- How to ensure a successful entering of a new market through innovating
- How to tap into the new opportunities through innovating
- How to tap into key innovation capabilities of your employees
- How to remain disruptive despite governmental over-regulation
- How to remain disruptive despite geopolitical uncertainty
- How not to miss the opportunities following your investments in innovation capacity
- How to use cultural differences to help you progress in innovation
- How to setup a strong pipeline of profitable innovation
- How to provide your big company with the agility of a startup
- How to make your employees think like innovators
- How to implement an innovation-friendly management process
Chapter 1: The Integral Future Of Work, Creativity And Innovation
Today, we are facing a convergence of many systems for organizing work, leadership, production, and consumption, from instinctual-based to holacratic ones. And still, creativity has to do with conditions which are perennial.
Chapter 2: Examples Of Sparking Innovative Executive Decisions In Business
A simple red cardboard box, sealed with a red alarm graphic that reads ‘‘pull in case of an idea’ – this box is really the character box from the well-known saying ‘think outside the box’. The box is built to contain everything someone needs to hatch an idea – or, to be more precise, an idea that can be readily launched and tested through a website.
Chapter 3: The Unending Definition Of Creativity
Nature is creative. Nature is polarity. Life emerges from polarity. Humans are nature’s creative creations. Humans make life spark through polarity. Creativity is the same, as it is an act of humans.
Chapter 4: The Soil And Seeds Of Creativity And Innovation
Watch a seed grow. The seed dies and a new small sprout rises above the soil. There is a polarity here: Death and life. Man’s life is the same. Birth and death. Rises and falls. Black nights of the soul and transcendence, illumination. Setting aside ego and ‘absolute’ views on life, letting them die and rising to a new absolute light.
Chapter 5: Applications Of Integral Innovation
Here are some ‘applications’ (natural ones) of the integral theory of creativity and innovation: Ants’ life and improvisational theatre. Both are also examples of complex systems in the sense of the theory of complexity, characterized by simple components (agents) and non-linear interactions among them (the whole is more than the addition of the agents), no central control and emergent behaviors (especially evolution and learning).
Chapter 6: Giving Birth To A Creative Business Decision – The 6 Stages
Purposeful imagination, that is, creativity, has to do with several stages or steps as I have empirically detected by studying improvisation, the life of ants, human evolution, how nature works and how the greatest creative minds work. The six stages below are all essential to creativity and mimic nature’s way of sparking creativity (life).
Chapter 7: Giving Birth To A Creative Business Decision – The 10 Possible Techniques
A group of 6 to 12 participants will do. When choosing them, think of their attitude, motivation, mindset, lifestyle, and mix them together so that they will form a team of creative people. Look at Chapter 2 where I describe creative mindsets and behaviors. Mix the participants so that they cover any possible criteria of mixing (gender, religion, age, expertise, etc.).
Chapter 8: An Integral Stage Setting For An Innovation Generation Business Framework
From an integral point of view, any business should be viewed as a mix of individuals (UL Quadrant), culture (LL Quadrant), individual deeds and results (UR Quadrant) and systems, procedures and rules (LR Quadrant).
Chapter 9: 30 Tips For Increasing Your Business’ Creativity
Here you will have many resources and ideas which will help your business have a culture that is well ‘watered’ with the ‘We are creative’ belief (LL Quadrant). Therefore, the implementation of these ideas will produce long-lasting results for your company’s benefit, in the form of a continuous stream of adaptive or disruptive innovative ideas which come from the employees.
Chapter 10: 20 Tips For Increasing Your Personal Creativity
The tips below will help you get your deeper sense of creativity, unleash it from within and use it for your bene t and that of others. They are meant to be practices, tasks to be done daily at least until they start to generate the right effects on your mindset, abilities, and behavior. Also, I grouped them depending on their main target ‘muscle’ to be trained: UL muscle, UR muscle, LL muscle, LR muscle or a combination.
“As a student of Integral Theory for over a dozen years, I find it gratifying to observe and participate in the application of Integral Theory across a wide and diverse field of disciplines. Integrally informed “Leadership” has been one area where several excellent books have now been published. I add George Bragadireanu’s book to this list.” (Amazon review)
PART I: INTRODUCTION
‘You are an organic unity. You were seeded one day, as any other tree, in your mother’s uterus and start to compile your circumference. First was the centre, the initial dot, the seed and then the circumference, but now you live on this circumference, on this circle and have forgotten about your initial seed, believing the circumference is what life is. The space covered by this circumference is your comfort zone. You are not creative as you walk around it. You are being creative only when you pass outside of it, beyond it, as if it were a fence and you are trespassing by going past the fence. The tools for traveling are your senses. The more you travel outside of your comfort zone, the more it becomes larger and larger, and the map becomes the real territory.’
PART II: THEORY
‘As we have discussed previously, there are certain key aspects related to creativity and business innovation. Let’s call them ‘the seeds of creativity and innovation.
SEED #1: Focus-question, the business problem to be solved – there is no creativity outside a focus, a problem to be solved. Outside focus, there is imagination (i.e. creativity with no subject). When problems are solved and the focus dissolved, the solutions are called innovations. The greater the focus-question, the greater the polarity between real life and what might be. And also, here lies the polarity between focus and wandering: creativity is sparked when long hours of focus and concentration are followed by relaxation.’
PART III: PRACTICE AND APPLICATION
‘Here are some ‘applications’ (natural ones) of the integral theory of creativity and innovation: Ants’ life and improvisational theatre. Both are also examples of complex systems in the sense of the theory of complexity, characterised by simple components (agents) and non-linear interactions among them (the whole is more than the addition of the agents), no central control and emergent behaviours (especially evolution and learning). Creativity is such a similar process. We just have to understand it in this way and then we will be able to harness it.
Ants’ Eusocial (Holacratic) Life And Evolution
Ants are invertebrates that can carry four times their weight and have six legs consisting of three segments, and most species of ants can walk on vertical surfaces or ‘upside-down’. A colony consists of …’
PART IV: TIPS
‘Here you will have many resources and ideas which will help your business have a culture that is well ‘watered’ with the ‘We are creative’ belief (LL Quadrant). Therefore, the implementation of these ideas will produce long-lasting results for your company’s benefit, in the form of a continuous stream of adaptive or disruptive innovative ideas which come from the employees.
These 30+1 tips complement the 20 tips for personal creativity (next chapter) which work on a more individual level. All the practices and solutions for increasing the spirit of innovation listed below are clearly LR approaches. Apart from this, each of them aims at other certain quadrants of creativity, as noted.
1. Find the real value proposition of your company. Of course, you already have some ‘mission and vision’ or ‘values’ statements hanging on the walls. But what is the real thing you are offering to your employees and clients? Ask the 70% most disengaged employees …’
This is the media presentation
30 Changes to setup an innovation friendly management process
Here you may download a condensed and practical version of the tips and free ideas in the last 2 Chapters.
Where else can you find it?
A short intro to integral innovation is in the Resources area.