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The Riddle: Where Ideas Come from and How to Have Better Onesby Andrew J Razeghi
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Praise For The Riddle
"This book provides very clear insight into the way people have new ideas and suggests practical steps that can be used. The approach is different from the formal tools of lateral thinking but equally valid."
—Dr. Edward de Bono, originator of lateral thinking and founder of the World Academy for New Thinking
"The Riddle is a remarkable gift cleverly wrapped in a must-read book. Razeghi thoughtfully awakens and immerses us in that 'eyes wide open, believing is seeing, blissfully ignorant' state of childhood so desperately needed in our world today. As innovation and creativity emerge from their awkward adolescence, The Riddle is not just a rite-of-passage surprise party for your brain but a compelling travel guide for your eager neurons and creative juices."
—Thomas Stat, relationship designer/innovation alchemist, IDEO
"Every innovator in the world looks constantly for the Eureka moment. The Riddle is a must-read book for every problem solver to understand the creative process and to learn how to provoke Eureka moments continuously."
—Salvador Alva, president, PepsiCo Latin America Region Foods & Beverages
"Razeghi has revealed that creativity is not only an art but a science and skill that anyone can learn. His numerous examples and fascinating anecdotes make this book a must-read for anyone—whether you are a CEO or a stock boy, physicist, or phys-ed teacher—who wants to problem-solve more effectively."
—Jonathan Greenblatt, founder, Ethos Water, and former vice president of Starbucks Coffee Company
"Andrew Razeghi's Riddle is an easy-to-understand, step-by-step guide to improving your creativity. I learned how to approach a problem, how to look for solutions, and most important, how to inspire my very own Eureka moments. The book is rich in examples and the best thing of all: it is great fun to read." —Urs Eberhard, executive vice president, Switzerland Tourism
Book News Annotation:
Razeghi (Northwestern U.) examines the subject of how we process new ideas and solve problems, with a special emphasis on how to streamline the thought processes involved. Marketed for anyone who wishes to understand the creative process, this book focuses on the "Eureka!" moments in life, and how to have more of them. Dedicated to "the problem solvers" of the world, The Riddle covers the innovative mind, distant thought connections and even the greatest thinkers over the course of history. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
While organizations claim to value creativity, they are often at a loss when attempting to conjure up novel ideas, particularly in a world where technology has made information readily available to everyone. As a result, leaders ask, "Where will the next big idea come from?" In response, they allocate significant resources for innovation; however the source of creative inspiration has remained a mystery.
Science has shown that it's possible to create conditions under which the mind is more prepared to have insights, or "a-ha! moments." In this fascinating book, Andrew Razeghi examines the precursors to creative insight and offers clear-cut methods for making "Eureka moments" routine practice rather than lucky accidents. Combining the latest scientific research, interviews with current innovators, and studies of history’s most creative minds, he dissects the creative process and presents a practical approach for inspiring innovation.
An inspiring and entertaining take on leadership and innovation
As technology makes information more readily available to everyone around the world, a key question arises: How do you turn that information into innovative ideas? Science has shown that it's possible to create conditions under which the mind is more prepared to have insights, or A-ha moments. In The Riddle, Andrew Razeghi explores this concept and shows how leaders and managers can foster creativity and make A-ha moments routine practice among their teams. Combining the latest scientific research, interviews with current innovators, and studies of history's most famously creative minds, he dissects the process of innovation and presents a practical approach that can help any individual or organization get ahead of the competition.
Andrew Razeghi (Chicago, IL) is an internationally recognized speaker, advisor, and educator on growth strategy, creativity, and innovation. He is an adjunct associate professor at the Kellogg School of Management and has taught at the University of Economics in Prague. Razeghi was named one of Swing Magazine's Most Powerful People in Their 20s (1999) and one of the Chicago Sun Times' Chicago's 30 Most Influential People Under 30 (2000).
About the Author
Andrew J. Razeghi is adjunct associate professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and an internationally recognized speaker and adviser on growth, strategy, creativity, and innovation. As principal in the firm StrategyLab, Inc., he has consulted with executives from many Fortune 500 companies. He is also the author of Hope:How Triumphant Leaders Create the Future(from Jossey-Bass).
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Innovation Lament.
1. The Innovation Intent.
2. The Gods Must Be Crazy (Or Is It Just Me?)
3. The Eureka Moment.
4. It Came to Me in a Dream.
5. In the Mood for Innovation.
6. Endlessly Intriguing: Curiosity.
7. Painfully Obvious: Constraints.
8. Distantly Related: Connections.
9. Diametrically Opposed: Conventions.
10. Suddenly Brilliant: Codes.
Epilogue: And So It Is with All Things New.
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