Innovators are much admired but little understood in the business world. More and more, as information becomes readily available to everyone around the world through technology, it's what you do with that information that will set you apart. The question is, "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 "Aha! moments." Andrew Razeghi explores this concept and shows how leaders and managers can foster creativity and make "Aha! 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 which can help any individual or organization get ahead of the competition.
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
• Leaders and managers in business or other fields
• HR and leadership development
Andrew J. Razeghi is an internationally recognized speaker, advisor, and educator on growth strategy, creativity and innovation. Through his consultancy, StrategyLab, Inc., he has worked with executives from many Fortune 500 companies. He is adjunct associate professor at the Kellogg School of Management and has taught at the University of Economics in Prague. He was selected for Swing Magazine's "Most Powerful People in Their 20's" (1999) and the Chicago Sun-Times' "Chicago's 30 Most Influential People Under 30" (2000). He is also a Thought Leader in the Financial Times Knowledge Dialogue Network and vice chairman of the Wright Centers of Innovation Review Panel at the National Academy of Sciences. He earned his MBA from Loyola University and lives in Chicago.