Summer holidays have arrived!

The application office will have a break from July 21 till August 18.

Whether you decide to spend summer in the mountains, at distant shores or pondering in your backyard, we wish you an invigorating period. If you’d like to spend this period reading about creativity, change and leadership, you might like to consider our suggestions: 7 titles to quench your thirst for knowledge. Enjoy!

 

Applied imaSummer readings - Applied Imaginationgination, Principles and Procedures of Creative Problem-Solving, Third Revised Edition, 1953 – Alex F. Osborn
The seminal work on Creative Problem Solving. Step by step, this books sets forth the ways in which all of us can more productively apply our innate creativity toward the betterment of our personal and occupational lives. The teachability of creativity has been confirmed by the scientific investigation which has shown that the average person can almost double his ability to think up good ideas by the careful study and application of Applied Imagination. The bonus of the third edition is the insight it provides in the development of Osborn’s thoughts on the guidelines of how to think creatively.

 

Summer readings - Sourcebook for Creative Problem SolvingSource book for Creative Problem Solving,
1981 – Sidney J. Parnes
Source Book for Creative Problem Solving is a book that’ll appeal to those curious about the science behind creative thinking. Edited by Sid Parnes, the man who refined the CPS model, established the Center for Creative Studies, founded its Master Program and conducted numerous studies on the effectiveness of creative problem solving. Perhaps the highest praise one could say of this book is that the production of the book evidences a deep appreciation of the book’s subject matter. This anthology of writings on creativity encapsulates a lot of the research and studies on this subject that have taken place from the 1940’s till the 1990’s. The central theme of these writings is on creative problem solving and the application of creative insight to the solution of practical problems. The authors of the selections vary quite widely in background, ranging from psychotherapists and philosophers to executives and entrepreneurs.

 

Summer readings - Creativity Theories and ThemesCreativity: Theories and Themes: Research, Development and Practice, 2nd Ed., 2014 – Mark A. Runco
Great reference for those who’d like to have an overview of creativity research. The book contains an integrative introduction to the theories and themes in research on creativity. The book begins with a discussion of the theories of creativity, the general question of whether creativity is influenced by nature or nurture and how social context affects creativity. This wide-ranging work then proceeds to coverage of issues such as gender differences, if creativity is related to poor mental or physical health, and much more.

 

Creative Leadership, skills that drive change,
Summer readings - Creative Leadership
2nd Ed., 2010 – Gerard J Puccio, Marie Mance, Mary C. Murdock
THE guide of everyone who is genuinely interested switching on one’s imagination in processes of change. Successful leadership today relies heavily on an individual’s ability to effectively respond to and proactively drive change—in short, to be creative. This book helps readers enhance their creative talents and employ these skills as a leader. New to the Second Edition is an expanded discussion of the important role creativity plays in leadership and a more extensive account of the skills necessary to be an effective creative leader.

 

Summer readings - Think betterThink better: An Innovator’s Guide to Productive Thinking,
2007 – Tim Hurson
A highly readable book that expands on applying the creative mindset while getting to solutions. Think Better is about Productive Thinking — why it’s important, how it works, and how to use it at work, at home, and at play. It’s based on the thinking strategies that people we celebrate for their creativity have been using for centuries. Tim Hurson brings Productive Thinking out of the closet and presents it in a way that makes it straightforward for anyone to grasp and use — for those interested in thinking better, working better, and doing better in every aspect of your life.

 

Summer readings - the Artist's WayThe Artist’s Way, a Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity,
2002 – Julia Cameron
Starting as a collection of tips and hints from different artists and authors, The Artist’s Way was collected into a single book by Julia Cameron and Mark Bryan as a set of helpful methods for maximizing the creativity and productivity of artists. The book was written to help people with artistic creative recovery, which teaches techniques and exercises to assist people in gaining self-confidence in harnessing their creative talents and skills. The ideas in creative personal development outlined in the book, are said to have become a phenomenon and spawned into many meet-ups and support groups throughout the world. The group meetings are based on a 12-week creativity course designed for people to work through and gain Artistic inspiration, as outlined in the book. The program is focused on supporting relationships in removing artistic blocks and fostering confidence.

 

Summer readings - ThinkertoysThinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques,
2nd Ed., 2006 – Michael Michalko
Thinkertoys expands on the playfulness that is a pivotal part of creative thinking. In this revised and expanded edition of Thinkertoys, creativity expert Michael Michalko reveals tools that will help you think like a genius. With hundreds of hints, tricks, tips, tales, and puzzles, Thinkertoys is written to open your mind to a world of innovative solutions to everyday and not-so-everyday problems.