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The Innovative Team: Unleashing Creative Potential for Breakthrough Results
Chris Grivas and Gerard Puccio

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Format: Hardcover, 272pp.
ISBN: 9781118115718
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Pub. Date: December 20, 2011

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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.


"The power of a good story to teach us important life and business lessons is strikingly evident in this enjoyable, realistic, and practical business tale. It's two books in one, really—both a fictional story and a factual tutorial on how you can move a group intentionally through the important stages of innovation. When you read The Innovative Team you'll travel down the path of breakthrough thinking and experience the many twists and turns, ups and downs, detours and speed bumps of a group that's challenged to solve a tough business problem. At the completion of the journey, you'll be treated to a master class in creative problem solving. You'll learn practical tools, valuable tips, and important concepts that you can apply to your own innovative team. It's a must-read for all leaders who want to improve the ways in which their groups find new and sustainable solutions to the ever-increasing challenges that organizations face."
—Jim Kouzes, coauthor, The Leadership Challenge; Dean's Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University

"Keeping the faith on new ideas, especially when they are genre breaking or truly innovative, is never easy. This story of a group of colleagues trying to do exactly that reveals the struggles occurring daily in organizations aiming to innovate. It offers insights into the frustrations of bringing about innovation, while providing readers with practical ways to drive creativity through their business."
—Linda Green, development executive, The British Broadcasting Corporation

"We live in an age of unprecedented and rapidly accelerating change, in which everyone wants to be innovative but few can define what that actually means or describe how to get there. Through simple language and storytelling, this book creates awareness of the creative resources in your organization and offers a proven framework to harness them and achieve real, measurable results. Highly recommended!"
—Dr. Casimer DeCusatis, IBM Corporation; recipient of the 2011 Sigma Xi Walston Chubb Award for Innovation and the 2002 Mensa Copper Black Award for Creative Achievement

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About the Authors

Chris Grivas is an organizational and leadership development consultant focused on increasing the creative capacity of individuals, teams, and organizations. His clients have included Ernst & Young, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, and New York University, among others. Gerard J. Puccio is department chair and professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State College and partner in FourSight, a training company and publisher of FourSight: Your Thinking Profile. He is an accomplished writer, speaker, and consultant to Fisher-Price, British Broadcasting Corporation, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Kraft, and others.

Table of Contents

About the Authorsxi
Part 1 The Story
1We Have a Problem13
2JustWhat Kind of Duck AreWe Dealing with Here?27
3The Sum of the Parts33
4The Need and theWay Out41
5Thinking About Thinking59
6Mapping a Minefield67
7The Power of a Good Question77
8FromWild toWorkable89
9Combining the Unlikely99
10Be CarefulWhat YouWish For109
11Preserving the Novelty121
12Priming the Pump127
13The Pieces Come Together139
14What’s the POINt?153
15Assisting Acceptance163
16Sealing the Deal181
Epilogue Where Are They Now?187
Part 2 Exploring the Four Creative Thinking Styles
17Applying the Framework193
18Clarifying the Situation195
19Generating Ideas205
20Developing Solutions215
21Implementing Plans225
22The Combination of Preferences Within People231
23Creating Conditions for Success237

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