Here is a brief list of books that can enhance our creative thinking, and help develop our personal and business creativity and innovation.
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are.
By Brene Brown, PhD
Brown says, “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.”
In a post on her blog, she writes: “Before my research on wholeheartedness… I was completely disconnected from my creativity. My disconnection took the form of judgment, resentment, and fear: ‘A-R-T – how nice. I have a J-O-B – I’m doing real work.’ Today, I’m reconnected with my creativity and it’s transforming every part of my life.”
“In her chapter on creativity she explains the paralyzing properties of comparison. Brown may be one of the only writers in this genre that offers us a path for change and an honest look at the obstacles.” [From book description on her site brenebrown.com.]
[Her book is a best seller in Self-help/Creativity on Amazon.com]
The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America’s Leading Design Firm
by Thomas Kelley
IDEO, the world’s leading design firm, is the brain trust that’s behind some of the more brilliant innovations of the past 20 years–from the Apple mouse, the Polaroid i-Zone instant camera, and the Palm V to the “fat” toothbrush for kids and a self-sealing water bottle for dirt bikers. Not surprisingly, companies all over the world have long wondered what they could learn from IDEO, to come up with better ideas for their own products, services, and operations.
In this terrific book from IDEO general manager Tom Kelley (brother of founder David Kelley), IDEO finally delivers–but thankfully not in the step-by-step, flow-chart-filled “process speak” of most how-you-can-do-what-we-do business books. [Amazon summary]