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Positive Turbulence : Developing Climates for Creativity, Innovation, and Renewal


Stanley S. Gryskiewicz



0787910082
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Format: Hardcover, 224pp.
ISBN: 9780787910082
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Pub. Date: January 1999

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Operating in a time of rapid and seemingly relentless change, today's healthiest organizations have the ability to continuously renew themselves and thrive in a challenging environment. They are the ones that know how to harness the turbulence all organizations encounter and use it as a catalyst for creativity and innovation. They are the companies that will succeed in the long term. And your company can be among them.

As an expert on corporate change and advisor to leading organizations around the world, author Stanley Gryskiewicz has spent nearly thirty years observing and evaluating a variety of corporate cultures. Those that are most effective, he's found, are invariably those in which creativity and innovation are allowed to flourish. Over the years, Gryskiewicz has witnessed and often helped devise the many strategies and processes companies have employed to deliberately establish energetic, creative cultures. And now he's distilled the most successful of those approaches into a dynamic process of cultural change he calls Positive Turbulence.

Positive Turbulence begins with the recognition that change is inevitable. It then provides ways to keep change manageable and apply it to an organization's strategic advantage. Asserting that creativity need not be random, Gryskiewicz outlines a proactive process for bringing new information into an organization, making sense of it, and translating it into novel ideas that are both useful and actionable. Along the way, he relates specific strategies that individuals, teams, and organizations can use to increase their receptivity to Positive Turbulence and employ it effectively.

The author illustrates his points with a variety of examples from history, from organizations large and small, even from jazz groups. He also provides real-world examples of how Norfolk Southern, Hallmark, and 3M have each used Positive Turbulence to build continuous renewal into their cultures. In short, Gryskiewicz gives you all of the information you need to institute Positive Turbulence at your company-a process that will help ensure its vitality in a hypercompetitive, rapidly changing world.


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Observes that the most effective corporate cultures are those in which creativity and innovation are allowed to flourish, and provides ways to keep change manageable and apply it to an organization's strategic advantage. Outlines a proactive process for bringing new information into an organization, making sense of it, and translating it into novel ideas that are both useful and actionable. Illustrates points with examples from history, large and small organizations, and even jazz groups. The author is vice president of global initiatives and a senior fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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Stanley S. Gryskiewicz is vice president of global resources and senior fellow, creativity and innovation, at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina. A leading authority on innovation, creativity, and corporate change, he has worked with a number of international clients including the Japan Management Association and the World Bank.

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Preface
Acknowledgments
The Author
Introduction1
1The Case for Positive Turbulence5
2The Dynamics of Positive Turbulence21
3Strategies for Increasing Receptivity to Positive Turbulence39
4Strategies for Developing Positive Turbulence in Teams59
5Strategies for Managing Positive Turbulence81
6Positive Turbulence in Action115
 
Appendix ASelected Resources151
Appendix BTargeted Innovation177
References187
Index191


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