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January 31st, 2017

As leaders, we are keenly aware of our environment – always dynamic and sometimes disruptive. Even with the ever-increasing pace, stress, and complexity of the world today, it’s easy to get stuck in status quo rather than pursue a new direction that may initially challenge but ultimately allow us to thrive. So what will facilitate the transition between where we are and where we can make the greatest impact as leaders? How do we access our greatest creativity even at times where change is the new norm? This is what my friend and author Larry Robertson answers in his brilliant new book!

LoM-eBook-2Multiple studies have linked creativity with leadership and organizational success. They show that open, creative work environments make not just for more innovative companies, but for happier employees who stay with their companies longer, are less stressed, and actually grow in knowledge and contributions.

IBM survey of 1,500 global leaders from 60 countries and 33 industries ranked creativity as the most important leadership quality for success in business. Similar studies by Boston Consulting Group and PWC highlight creativity and innovation as primary strategic aims.

This is why I found Larry’s research and insights invaluable for leaders (and think you will too!)

  • The Language of Man examines at creativity across fields, skill sets, and individual creators. Larry reveals patterns and insights applicable to anyone, creating anywhere, anytime.
  • It’s a book meant not only to help you truly understand creativity, but to help you assess and increase your creative capacity.
  • To this end, Larry interviewed nearly 70 MacArthur Fellows, recipients of the“creative ‘genius’ award”. They came from every field imaginable, and in the bookyou meet choreographers and corporate leaders, chemists and civil rights lawyers, conservationists and critical care physicians (just to list the C-level leadership roles :)
  • Most important, strategies offered in this book really work, even for busy leaders. As some of you may know (or even participated) Larry co-lead a 3-day leadership retreat based on the book for Leadership Arlington, of course, to rave reviews!

If you’re looking for a smart, engaging, practical guide to creativity I really encourage to check out The Language of Man.  Here’s a link: 

Happy reading!

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