Creative Conspiracy: The New Rules of Breakthrough by Leigh Thompson

By Leigh Thompson

Embracing the Counterintuitive part of Collaboration

Think of your to-do checklist at paintings. likelihood is an important projects require you to paintings with others—and the luck of these endeavors is dependent upon the effectiveness of your collaboration.

According to administration professional Leigh Thompson, collaboration that's wakeful, deliberate, and fascinated by producing new principles builds pleasure and produces what she calls a “creative conspiracy.” groups that conspire to prepare themselves, inspire each other, and mix their abilities to fulfill inventive demanding situations are the hallmark of the main profitable organizations.

In this publication, Thompson unearths the keys to the type of collaboration that enables groups to arrive their complete artistic power and maximize their effects. She additionally unearths a bunch of bizarre findings; for example:

• Left to their very own units, groups are much less inventive than individuals
• offering “rules” to groups really raises inventiveness
• Striving for quality ends up in much less creativity than striving for quantity
• Fluctuating club complements a team’s innovation
• such a lot leaders can't articulate the 4 simple ideas of brainstorming


Thompson combines broad-ranging examine with real-life examples to provide thoughts and practices designed to assist groups and their leaders capitalize on what really works in terms of artistic collaboration. Creative Conspiracy demanding situations managers to undertake an unconventional method of prime groups that, performed correct, will result in the inventive good fortune of each team—and each organization.

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When you read this book, you will notice that it is extremely goal-focused and it will go deep in terms of exploring your passion and testing your discipline. The pace will be fast. The questions will be blunt. But I promise you will find strengths in yourself that you never imagined—just like I did on the bike and in the classroom. Now, on to chapter 1, in which we’ll debunk some common creativity myths—and where you’ll do a Creative Collaboration Assessment to gauge your current team competence.

They pushed the limits by creatively using candy, coffee mugs, keys, masking tape, and pens as contraband props to organize the information. They manufactured printed words using pasted-together nametags. In short, they sneaked around me because they had created a conspiracy to succeed! To be successful, this challenge involves a lot of collaboration skills—listening, a balance of roles, and a creative, rule-bending mind-set. This challenge is not unlike one that many real teams face—dependence on one another for success, frustration, lack of clarity, time pressure, and ambiguity.

In this chapter, I expose several of these key myths about creative teamwork. As you read, think about which of these myths is central to the way you work with your creative team and how you might better structure your team so as to capitalize on the strengths of the team members. Many of the messages in this chapter downright contradict common practice in organizations and even common sense. So I’ve been careful to provide data to back up these assertions. Once upon a Time … Creativity Mythology There is probably more mythology surrounding creativity than nearly any other topic in social science.

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