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In an unstable job market, many of us struggle to keep our skills current and marketable. To that end, Nussbaum, professor at the Parsons School of Design and a former Businessweek editor, brings us both good and bad news. The bad news is that a survey of 1,500 CEOs revealed that the most valuable management skill was no longer marketing or operations but creativity, a new literacy that employees will need to stay competitive. The good news is that these skills can be learned. Nussbaum dedicates much of the book to five practices that help individuals nurture and develop prized creative skills: knowledge mining, framing, playing, making, and pivoting. Latter sections of the book explore the economic value of creativity. The author shows the faulty thinking behind, and consequences of, the triumph of finance over product creation. More importantly, he offers a viable economic model, which suggests that creativity is a source of economic value, entrepreneurs drive growth, capitalism is a social movement, and social networks are the basic building blocks of the economy. This is a refreshing, informative, and groundbreaking new work that has implications for every level of the business arena. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Nussbaum, teacher, journalist, and editor, began covering design and innovation in the 1990s and indicates he and others in the first decade of the twentieth century moved beyond design thinking to explore creativity. Listening to his students prompted him to consider creativity as something you might train for, as a skill that could be accessed. Advising the need for a new way of thinking, communicating, and creating, the author offers Five Competencies of Creative Intelligence, which include Knowledge Mining, or using our own experiences and aspirations to envision new companies and technologies; Framing, or being aware of our own view of the world so that we can compare it to the views of others; and Playing, because Nussbaum suggests a playful mindset leads to a willingness to take risks, explore more options, and navigate through uncertainty without fearing failure. He concludes, The biggest challenge we face is our own fear of creativity . . . . We can all be creative. Thought-provoking insight on the important topic of creativity.--Whaley, Mary Copyright 2010 Booklist