Good Reading on Creativity


*Goleman, Daniel, Paul Kaufman, & Michael Ray.  The Creative Spirit (PBS series companion book; Goleman also wrote Emotional Intelligence).

*Pink, Daniel. A Whole New Mind.

*Tharp, Twyla.  The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life (modern dancer on her creative life).

*Ueland, Brenda.  If You Want to Write (long-time Chicago creative writing instructor on risk-taking and process in to any creative act).


How our brains work:

Andreasen, Nancy.  The Creating Brain: The Neuroscience of Genius.

*Medina, John. Brain Rules.

*Shenk, David. The Genius in All of Us: Insights into Genetics, Talent, & IQ.


Creativity in Corporate Settings:

Catmull, Ed and Amy Wallace. Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration. (Pixar)

Denning, Stephen. “Telling Tales,” Harvard Business Review May 2004.

*Mauzy, Jeff & Richard Harriman. Creativity, Inc.: Building an Inventive Organization.

*Robinson, Alan G. & Sam Stern.  Corporate Creativity: How Innovation and Improvement Actually Happen.

Smith, Paul. Lead with a Story: A Guide to Crafting Business Narratives.


Creativity and Spirituality:

*L’Engle, Madeleine.  Walking on Water.



Dyer, Jeff, Hal Gregersen, & Clayton Christensen. The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators.  [Also consider other books by Christensen.]

Henry, Todd. The Accidental Creative.

Newport, Cal.  So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love.

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