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The Innovative Team: Unleashing Creative Potential for Breakthrough Results

Book Description

New tools for tapping the creativity of teams and achieving breakthrough results

The Innovative Team is an engaging business fable that reveals the impact our underlying work style preferences have on our teams and their results. The authors present a breakthrough thinking process for developing successful teams. They introduce a uniquely effective set of tools built on FourSight, a measure of problem-solving preferences field-tested by top consultants, which can help anyone from professionals to novices solve problems and achieve performance breakthroughs. FourSight enables teams to understand their patterns of thinking and manage themselves more deliberately toward accomplishing a goal.

  • Written as a business fable that recounts the story of a team's journey from dysfunctional to high functioning

  • Outlines a new and effective set of tools for enhanced team performance

  • Details the four stages of a dynamic breakthrough thinking process

The Innovative Team offers a great resource for management and leadership development professionals, team leaders, and anyone interested in kick-starting innovation in their workplaces and lives.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. More Praise
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. About the Authors
  7. Foreword
  8. Introduction
    1. Thinking Differently
    2. A New Framework
    3. What's Ahead
    4. Notes
  9. Part 1: The Story
    1. Chapter 1: We Have a Problem
    2. Chapter 2: Just What Kind of Duck Are We Dealing with Here?
    3. Chapter 3: The Sum of the Parts
    4. Chapter 4: The Need and the Way Out
    5. Chapter 5: Thinking About Thinking
    6. Chapter 6: Mapping a Minefield
    7. Chapter 7: The Power of a Good Question
    8. Chapter 8: From Wild to Workable
    9. Chapter 9: Combining the Unlikely
    10. Chapter 10: Be Careful What You Wish For
    11. Chapter 11: Preserving the Novelty
    12. Chapter 12: Priming the Pump
    13. Chapter 13: The Pieces Come Together
    14. Chapter 14: What's the POINt?
    15. Chapter 15: Assisting Acceptance
    16. Chapter 16: Sealing the Deal
    17. Epilogue: Where Are They Now?
      1. Tony Martin
      2. Juan Esteban Alvarez
      3. Damon Miller
      4. Maya Russo
      5. Elaine Cassidy
      6. Amy Satori
      7. Kate Murdock
  10. Part 2: Exploring the Four Creative Thinking Styles
    1. Chapter 17: Applying the Framework
    2. Chapter 18: Clarifying the Situation
      1. Recognizing Your Team's Strengths and Weaknesses
      2. How to Move the Group Through This Stage
    3. Chapter 19: Generating Ideas
      1. Diverging
      2. Converging
      3. Recognizing Your Team's Strengths and Weaknesses
      4. How to Move the Group Through This Stage
      5. Note
    4. Chapter 20: Developing Solutions
      1. Recognizing Your Team's Strengths and Weaknesses
      2. How to Move the Group Through This Stage
      3. Note
    5. Chapter 21: Implementing Plans
      1. Recognizing Your Team's Strengths and Weaknesses
      2. How to Move the Group Through This Stage
    6. Chapter 22: The Combination of Preferences Within People
    7. Chapter 23: Creating Conditions for Success