Sparking Success

Sparking Success : Why Every Leader Needs to Develop a Creative Mindset

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Discover the spark of innovation that will transform your leadership through Sparking Success.

Studies show that 80% of us are increasingly pressured to be productive rather than creative at work. Sparking Success uncovers the importance of creativity as a tool for innovation and demonstrates how it can be a driving factor for success. In order to adapt to fast-moving trends and disruptions in the modern business landscape, you need to spark your creative outlook.

In this book, Adam Kingl profiles the business leaders who are redefining themselves as creative pioneers. From media powerhouses such as Pixar and Disney to major manufacturers such as Bosch and Panasonic, this book shows the universal importance of creativity for business leaders across the world. Each of the chapters poses a challenge or opportunity that will help you tap into an innovative mindset, before offering fascinating insights from leaders across the creative industries. Discover how you can become a dynamic, creative and empathetic leader by Sparking Success.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 20.57mm | 367.41g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1398609609
  • 9781398609600

Table of contents

Chapter - 01: A new Renaissance: The case for bringing creative and corporate closer together;
Chapter - 02: How are we creative? The realm of neuroscience;
Chapter - 03: Nurturing spontaneity: The realm of jazz and improvisation;
Chapter - 04: Opening the door to inspiration: The realm of writing;
Chapter - 05: Managing risk and leading adaptability: The realm of performing arts;
Chapter - 06: Layered leadership: The realm of Imagineering;
Chapter - 07: Combining and inspiring ideas: The realm of culinary arts;
Chapter - 08: Picture perfect: The realm of art and imagery;
Chapter - 09: Lighting the fire: Leading creativity;
Chapter - 10: Acknowledgements;
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Review quote

"How can the different creative arts inspire better leadership and management? This wide ranging book gives insight and, what's more, a helpful guide for practical action." * Rob Goffee, Emeritus Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School * "In Sparking Success, Adam Kingl nimbly offers a journey of first-hand lessons from leaders in the arts on how to unlock our own creativity to be natural and genuinely effective at whatever it is that we do." * Dina Dommett, Dean of Ashridge, Hult International Business School * "Sparking Success is a wonderful book that explores how ideas and practices from the arts world-including theatre, television, music, writing and painting-can help us enhance creativity at both the individual and the organizational level. This is a powerful book, full of ideas, practical tools and inspiring stories to guide us in the journey of developing a creative mindset. It belongs on the shelf of every leader!" * Costas Markides, Professor of Strategy, Holder of the Robert Bauman Chair in Strategic Leadership at London Business School * "Sparking Success achieves exactly what the title promises: it helps every leader to be much more creative, an essential attribute in our unfamiliar times of opportunity, challenge and change. Adam Kingl is a masterful writer about business and leadership: insightful, engaging and highly original." * Jeremy Kourdi, Writer, Entrepreneur and former Senior Vice President, The Economist * "Adam Kingl bridges the gap between creative idea generation and practical business application. Highly recommended!" * Michael J. Gelb, author, executive coach and management consultant * "Kingl has roamed the realms of jazz, cooking, writing, and the performing arts in search of nuggets of wisdom for hard-pressed leaders who urgently need to innovate. He's returned with a treasure trove of practical ideas on how to weave creativity into your life and work." * Greg Orme, keynote speaker, author and facilitator * "Adam Kingl tackles one of the greatest challenges that organizations face - how to improve creativity, innovation and adaptability - by applying lessons from some of the most innovative leaders on the planet. This book is inspiring, warm-hearted and highly applicable." * Sharmla Chetty, CEO, Duke Corporate Education, Duke University * "Adam's new book is truly inspiring, drawing on threads from history, neuroscience, jazz, improvisation, storytelling and art to weave together a colorfully vivid tapestry representing human adaptation and innovation, and describing how organisations can impactfully and positively contribute to improving the world through novel, cutting edge thinking and practices." * John Davis, Professor of Practice, Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon * "Adam Kingl is inspirational, comprehensive and practical and provides rich context to a critical 21st century question: how to bring creativity to work? If you are interested in restoring creativity or leading creatives, read his book Sparking Success!" * David Brown, Director of Executive Education, Imperial College Business School * "From an author steeped in highly creative cultures, as well as top notch learning environments, Sparking Success is a brilliantly written, practical guide that will unlock you and your team's creativity." * Richard Hytner, Former Deputy Chairman Worldwide of Saatchi & Saatchi, Adjunct Professor of Marketing at London Business School * "Through his global work in executive education, Adam has extensive real-world experience working with senior executives and leaders from a diverse group of industries and sectors. This sets him firmly apart from so many others in this space, and he brings it all to bear here in a book harnessing a kaleidoscope of viewpoints to unleash the power of creativity for true business impact." * Bruce Wiesner, Associate Dean, Executive Education, UBC Sauder School of Business * "With the rapid progress of artificial intelligence, this book is a thought provoking and practical guide to elevating creativity in the workplace, providing a timely stimulus to the redefinition of our relationship with technology." * Tim Phillips, Managing Partner, Gate One * "Sparking Success is a must-read for any leader looking to tap into their creative potential and drive their organization to new heights. Filled with practical advice and real-world examples, this book will empower managers to develop a creative mindset and unleash their full leadership potential." * Davide Ravasi, Director, Professor and Head of Strategy & Entrepreneurship, UCL School of Management *
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About Adam Kingl

Adam Kingl is a speaker, educator, adviser and author who specializes in the areas of leadership creativity, innovation and adaptability. He is an adjunct faculty member at the UCL School of Management and at Hult Ashridge Business School, and is an instructor at Imperial College London, Sauder Business School, the Irish Management Institute at University College Cork, and at Headspring Executive Development.

Adam Kingl is also an Associate of the Moller Leadership Institute at Churchill College, University of Cambridge and has also featured in publications such as the Financial Times, Sunday Times, Forbes, Fortune Magazine, The Guardian, and City AM. Adam Kingl is based in London, UK.
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