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John Adair is widely regarded as the world’s leading authority on leadership and leadership development.
Over a million managers worldwide have taken part in the ActionCentred Leadership programs he pioneered. From St Paul’s School, London, John won a scholarship to Cambridge University.
He holds the higher degrees of Master of Letters from Oxford University and Doctor of Philosophy from King’s College London, and he is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Recently the People’s Republic of China awarded him the title of Honorary Professor in recognition of his ‘outstanding research and contribution in the field of Leadership’. John had a colorful early career.
He served as a platoon commander in the Scots Guards in Egypt and then became the only national serviceman to serve in the Arab Legion, where he became adjutant of a Bedouin regiment.
He was virtually in command of the garrison of Jerusalem and was in the front line for six weeks. After national service, he qualified as a deckhand and sailed an Arctic trawler to Iceland. He then worked as a hospital orderly in the operating theatre of a hospital.
After being the senior lecturer in military history and adviser in leadership training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and Associate Director of The Industrial Society, in 1979 John became the world’s first Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Surrey.
Between 1981 and 1986 John worked with Sir John HarveyJones at ICI, introducing a leadership development strategy that helped to change the loss-making, bureaucratic giant into the first British company to make a billion pounds profit. John has written over 50 books, now in 25 languages.
Recent titles published by Kogan Page include Leadership and Motivation, Develop Your Leadership Skills, Leadership for Innovation and Decision Making and Problem Solving Strategies.
Apart from being an author, he is also a teacher and consultant, advising many organizations in business, government, education, health, and the voluntary sector.
The importance of creative thinking today needs no emphasis. In your profession or sphere of work, you will have a competitive advantage if you develop your ability to come up with new ideas. In your personal life, too, creative thinking can lead you into new paths of creative activity.
It can enrich your life – though not always in the way you expect. There have been many books on creativity and creative thinking.
What is distinctive about this one? My new concept is that of the Depth Mind (see Chapter 13). Of course, the reality behind it – the creative activity of the unconscious mind – is not by any means new. My contribution, however, is to present that reality in a fresh way.
I have also put it into context within a simple framework of mental activity: the analyzing, synthesizing, and valuing functions of the mind when it is thinking to some purpose. Oddly enough, no one has done that before.
This is not simply a book about creative thinking. Its aim is to help you in practical ways to become a more creative thinker.
Being essentially a practical sort of book, it does not go into the philosophy or psychology of creativity in any depth, except as far as these disciplines have thrown up valuable insights or tips for practical creative thinkers.
Nor have I explored here what might be called the organizational dimension of the subject. How do organizations foster or stifle creative thinking? Why are some organizations better than others at introducing changes and implementing them?
My companion book to this one, Leadership for Innovation, addresses those questions. For how new ideas are brought to market in the shape of products or services is another subject. My focus here is upon you as an individual creative thinker, regardless of where you are employed.
Each chapter has one simple core idea – something fairly tangible or well-attested. Depending on its nature, I then briefly develop and illustrate it. Then I summarize the discussion in some simple key points.
These are not merely summaries, however, for sometimes new thoughts are introduced in them. It follows that there is really no logical order to the book. Creative thinking cannot be reduced to a set of sequential steps.
Imagine the chapters as being spokes of a wheel or pieces of amber hung on a necklace. So you do not necessarily have to start at the beginning find a chapter that interests you and work outwards.
I hope that you find this book stimulating and enjoyable as well as instructive. May it take you forward on your journey as a creative thinker.
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