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One of the nations leading psychologists asks why todays corporate leaders desire but reject creative solutions --and finds some surprising conclusions.

All corporate CEOs, top executives, and other business leaders say they want creativity and need real innovation in order to thrive in a competitive world. But according to startling research from former Wharton management professor Jennifer Mueller, the truth is that many business leaders chronically reject creative solutions and often embrace the familiar, even as they profess commitment to innovation.

Muellers research also reveals that its not just CEOs, but educators, scientists, and many, many others who often struggle to accept new and creative ideas even when desired. Mueller parses the tough questions that these findings raise. Could people love but also hate creative ideas? Could the mindset we use to evaluate ideas turn this love or hate on or off—in an instant? Do experts struggle even more than novices with this bias? And even more startling, could the best practices that organizations employ to manage innovation activate this bias, and inadvertently, kill innovation?

Mueller diagnoses this hidden innovation barrier, and provides solutions, including:

* A four- step process (and a fifth lifeline) to self-disrupt your current mindset and recognize creative opportunity;
* an idea-pitching framework aimed at helping you overcome other peoples sticky preference for the status quo;
* key organizational levers to disrupt the cultural beliefs holding your company back;
* tips to more accurately recognize creative leaders who can lead organizations in productive new directions, and
* strategies to generate ideas without harming your ability to make them count with the decision-makers.

Based on the latest psychological studies in the field, along with numerous illustrative examples,Creative Change is the kind of provocative creative leadership book that will be discussed for years to come.

about jen mueller imageABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jennifer Mueller earned her PhD in Social and Developmental Psychology at Brandeis University, and has been on the faculty of many top business schools including the Wharton School, Yale School of Management and NYU's Stern School of Business. One of her papers, upon which this book is based, The Bias Against Creativity, went viral and was downloaded over 65,000 times—receiving more than 100 media mentions and being described as a famous study in The Atlantic. Jennifers work has been featured in many major media outlets including WSJ, NPR, CNN, HBR, The Atlantic, Fortune, Forbes, and Fast Company. Jennifer, a native Californian, is currently an Associate Professor at the University of San Diego.

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