Creative Conspiracy

The New Rules of Breakthrough Collaboration

Thompson, Leigh L.

Book - 2013
Creative Conspiracy
Baker & Taylor
Identifies the importance of a conscious, planned and shared collaborative environment that promotes teamwork, creativity and enthusiasm, revealing counter-intuitive facts while sharing research-based examples that identify the essential components of an effective team. 15,000 first printing.

Perseus Publishing
Embracing the Counterintuitive Side of Collaboration

Think of your to-do list at work. Chances are the most important tasks require you to work with others?and the success of those endeavors depends on the effectiveness of your collaboration.

According to management expert Leigh Thompson, collaboration that is conscious, planned, and focused on generating new ideas builds excitement and produces what she calls a ?creative conspiracy.” Teams that conspire to organize themselves, motivate one another, and combine their talents to meet creative challenges are the hallmark of the most successful organizations.

In this book, Thompson reveals the keys to the kind of collaboration that allows teams to reach their full creative potential and maximize their results. She also reveals a host of surprising findings; for example:

? Left to their own devices, teams are less creative than individuals
? Providing ?rules” to teams actually increases inventiveness
? Striving for quality results in less creativity than striving for quantity
? Fluctuating membership enhances a team’s innovation
? Most leaders cannot articulate the four basic rules of brainstorming

Thompson combines broad-ranging research with real-life examples to offer strategies and practices designed to help teams and their leaders capitalize on what actually works when it comes to creative collaboration. Creative Conspiracy challenges managers to adopt an unconventional approach to leading teams that, done right, will lead to the creative success of every team?and every organization.

Book News
Writing in a conversational tone, Thompson (director, Kellogg Team and Group Research Center, Kellogg School of Management) shows managers how to instigate a "creative conspiracy" through planned team collaboration. Although the advice is based on scientifically tested methods, it often flies in the face of conventional wisdom. Thompson begins by debunking myths on creativity and creative teamwork, then explains how to break down barriers to creative collaboration, describes essential strategies and practices of collaboration, and gives real-life examples of picking the right people for the creative team, leading and motivating the creative team, and harnessing conflict. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Harvard Business Review Press, c2013
ISBN: 9781422173343
Branch Call Number: 658.4022 T
Characteristics: vi, 231 p. ; 25 cm.


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