Recommended Summer 2017 Readings for Creative Leaders

Summer 2017 promises a new batch of books to inform and support those striving to become better creative leaders. The following are recommended titles scheduled for publication between May and August.   Ed Batista, The Art of Self-Coaching (Harvard Business Review Press, August 8) The Stanford Graduate School of Business instructor, executive coach, and consistently… Continue reading

Beyond Customer Centricity

‘There is only one valid definition of business purpose: to create a customer…. Because its purpose is to create a customer, the business enterprise has two—and only these two—basic functions: marketing and innovation.’  — Peter Drucker   Peter Drucker’s words are frequently used – and perhaps over-used – to justify a business focus on the… Continue reading

Political Incorrectness is Not a Standard for Creativity

Amidst coverage of Kevin Roberts’ remarks last week about the gender equality debate in advertising being “over” and women lacking “vertical ambition,” the Financial Times’ Matthew Garrahan stood out for drawing direct connections to widespread beliefs about creativity in the industry. His August 2 piece opens, in fact, by recalling some earlier comments made by… Continue reading

16 New Books for Creative Leaders to Begin 2016

The opening months of of 2016 will see a shelf of new books containing research, insights and proven experience that promise to support better creative leadership.  The topics range widely from learning, disruption and uncertainty to the execution of strategy and the creativity, non-conformity, and gender equality in organizations.  All the following titles are scheduled… Continue reading

New Fall 2015 Readings for Better Creative Leadership

2015 has already been a year of excellent and helpful publications for leaders wanting to improve themselves and their motivation and coordination of creative teams, projects and businesses. Some, like Herminia Ibarra’s already essential Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader and Stanley McChrystal’s powerful call for agility and cohesion, Team of Teams, highlight… Continue reading

Cannes Lions as Global Creative Leadership Classroom

[The following post was originally written three years ago but its recommendations for making the most of the exceptional learning opportunities at the annual Cannes Lions festival remain relevant to the 2015 event.] The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity held each June is the world’s leading celebration of brand communications and creativity. The official… Continue reading