– About the authors
– Introduction: Murder and mayhem in paradise
- PART 1: WHO KILLED CREATIVITY?
- 1: Investigating the crime scene
Creative thinking CSI: Is there really a problem?
Is creative thinking that important?
Is creative death imminent? the vital statistics
Are you creative?
- 2: Who killed creativity, and with what weapon?
Profile of a murderer: Jack the Ripper and the ‘7 Deadly Creativity Killers’
Stage 1: OPPRESSION — the use of control and fear to limit open thinking
Stage 2: RESTRICTION — the use of pressure and insulation to restrict ideas
Stage 3: DEGENERATION — inhibition of growth driven by apathy
Stage 4: DESTRUCTION — destructive narrow-mindedness and pessimism
- 3: Where has creativity died?
Probing the possible murder sites
Locating the crime hotspots — from the CEO’s office to the coffee shop
Any time, any place
- 4: Why save creativity?
Innovation is a necessity, not a luxury
Innovate, don’t amputate
- PART 2: …AND HOW CAN WE GET IT BACK?
- 5: The forensic lab
Off-piste innovation and training the brain
Exercising the brain: stretch, but don’t snap
To what extent can creative thinking be taught?
The brain workout
Slowing down for the synaptic fire-up
Triggering the brain’s ‘on/off’ switch
New paths to superior thinking
- 6: How can creativity be saved?
Profile of a paramedic: Abseiling the abyss and the ‘7 Creative Thinking Strategies’ that work
Stage 1: LIBERATION — the freedom and courage to step out and think freely
Stage 2: INITIATION — the independence and openness to let go and grow
Stage 3: MOTIVATION — the passion to drive transformation
Stage 4: TRANSFORMATION — the flexibility and positivity to make real changes
- 7: Where can creativity be revived?
Casing out the potential rescue locations
Building innovation hothouses — revisiting the CEO’s office and the coffee shop
Bringing the bedroom to the boardroom
- 8: And they lived happily ever after…or did they?
Putting creativity on trial — the final twist in the plot
Can the killers be redeemed…and are the rescuers squeaky clean?
The yin and yang of creativity
Playing with fire and disruptive innovations
Innovate or die —the commercial and social consequences of regeneration
Change is inevitable, so scale the slopes constructively
Why the Mexico rubbish dump dwellers might just save the planet
- 9: The rescue plan in action
Solving the mystery
Disarming the killers
Coming the full circle: the complete life cycle of creative thinking
Implementing the ‘7 Creative Thinking Strategies’
– More ways to get creative