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Creativity -- Books

1001 Ways to Reward Employees
Bob Nelson, Ph.D.
2005, 381 pages
With this book, recognizing and rewarding employees will become a little easier.  It provides a treasure chest of ideas, inspirations, and resources to enable you to make praising, recognition, and rewards a permanent part of your management repertoire.  This is one book that should be on every manager’s desk!

Brain Power: Learn to Improve Your Thinking Skills
Karl Albrecht
1992 Book,312 pages
"Brain Power" introduces the six abilities you need to become an adaptive, innovative thinker: fact finding, thinking on your feet, problem solving, decision making, idea production and becoming an innovator. Albrecht's book includes practical exercises, illustrations, games and puzzles to stimulate and expand your brain power. (The Staff Resource Library also has the "Brain Power" videotape.)

Great Games for Great Parties
Andrea Campbell
1991 Book,151 pages
The complete entertaining guide covers an amazing collection of games and surefire tips to ensure that everyone joins the fun.

The Mars Pathfinder Approach to Faster, Better, Cheaper: How Limitations Can Guide You to Breakthroughs
Price Pritchett and Brian Muirhead
1998 Book,85 pages
The Pathfinder mission to Mars is an example of how to set goals that make you stretch, let limitations guide you to breakthroughs, deliberately choose to do things differently, improvise, proceed with optimism and a can-do spirit, maintain momentum, take personal responsibility for communication and demonstrate a passionate commitment to success.

Juicing the Orange: How to turn Creativity into a Powerful Business Advantage
Pat Fallon and Fred Senn

2006, 228 pages
In this book, Pat Fallon and Fred Senn argue that leaders have more creativity within their organizations than they realize, but they hold it back in different ways.  It outlines a discipline approach to actively building creativity into the organizational culture, and leverages that creativity into campaigns that deliver measurable results.

Kick in the Seat of the Pants: Using Your Explorer, Artist, Judge and Warrior to Be More Creative
Roger von Oech
1986 Book,152 pages
The human body has two ends on it: one to create with and one to sit on. Sometimes people get their ends reversed. When this happens they need A Kick In The Seat Of The Pants. This book represents the author's continuing study of the creative process. Its basic idea is that there's not just one type of thinking, but a variety. To be successful as a creative thinker, you need to adopt a different creative thinking role during each stage of the creative process. Kick is about these different roles.

Whack on the Side of the Head: How to Unlock Your Mind for Innovation
Roger von Oech
1983 Book 140 pages
A Whack On The Side Of The Head zeroes in on the 10 mental locks that prevent you from being as innovative as you can be -- and shows you what you can do to open them. In a time of great change we are most in need of creativity and innovation. Von Oech provides us with proven ways to release the creativity that is in all of us.



Books can be checked out for one month, audio and video tapes for two weeks. Contact the Distribution Center at or 701 231-7882 to check out Staff Resource Library materials, or stop by Morrill 10 to browse the shelves.