Orchestrating Collaboration at Work

If your passion, like mine, is working at the intersection between art and business then this book is for you!

Orchestrating Collaboration at Work, by Arthur B. VanGundy and Linda Naiman, offers seventy activities for those who want to use the arts to create transformative learning experiences in organizations.

Using painting, poetry, storytelling, music, sculpting and improvisational theater as the basis for the activity,each offers skill development in creativity, communication, teamwork, innovative and collaborative leadership. “You can use them as quick icebreakers or brainjuicers at meetings or training sessions, and as a means of mediating dialogue to stimulate employee engagement. These activities act as catalysts for conversations that really matter and provide an antidote to information overload” says Linda Naiman.

To provide a context and a rationale for using the arts in business, you will also find insights, observations, and advice derived from interviews with leading researchers, educators, change agents, artists and practitioners, including: business author Margaret Wheatley, poet David Whyte, actor Richard Olivier, and John Seely Brown, former chief scientist at Xerox PARC.

About Linda Naiman
Linda Naiman, founder of Creativity at Work, is recognised internationally for pioneering arts-based learning as a catalyst for developing creativity, innovation, and collaborative leadership in organizations. Working at the intersection of business, art and science, she helps organizations generate breakthroughs in business performance, through coaching, training and consulting.

Linda began her career as a design consultant in marketing communications, leading multi-disciplinary teams on projects ranging from annual reports, to marketing the launch of shopping centres; winning numerous industry awards in graphic design and illustration. Her art is marketed by Images.com, New York and Casa Art Gallery, Vancouver. Linda’s background in art and design led her to explore artistic processes and their applications to leadership and transformation.

Linda’s writings on creativity and innovation have appeared in numerous business journals including Perspectives on Business and Global Change, published by the World Business Academy.

Linda’s work has been documented in several books: Artbased Approaches:* A Practical Handbook to Creativity at Work (Chemi 2006), Wake Me Up When the Data Is Over: How Organizations Use Stories to Drive Results (Silverman 2006), and Artful Creation: Learning Tales of Arts-in-Business (Darsø 2004). Her work has also been featured in The Vancouver Sun, The Globe and Mail, and on TU Danmark TV. Interviews by the media include Canadian Business Magazine, CMO, Profitguide.com, CBC Radio, and National Public Radio.

Linda is an associate business coach at the University of British Columbia, and an adjunct faculty member of the Banff Centre Leadership Lab. As a speaker and workshop leader, Linda has presented at business conferences in Canada, the US, Argentina and in Europe.

Arthur B. VanGundy Ph.D., has designed or facilitated brainstorming retreats for over 20 years for clients such as: Air Canada, Hershey Foods, Kraft Foods, Monsanto, Quaker Oats, S.C. Johnson Wax, the Singapore government, and Sunbeam. He is considered a pioneer on idea generation techniques and has written eleven books including: Techniques of Structured Problem Solving, Idea Power, and Brain Boosters for Business Advantage. He wrote the creativity training program for the American Management Association and the creativity chapter for The American Marketing Association’s Marketing Encyclopedia.

About Arthur B. VanGundy
Arthur B. VanGundy is Professor of Communication at the University of Oklahoma and President of VanGundy & Associates, a creativity and innovation consulting firm. He has over 23 years experience in higher education and idea generation training and facilitation. His academic degrees are from Ohio Wesleyan University (B.A.), Miami University—Ohio (M.S.), and The Ohio State University (Ph.D.).

VanGundy has developed three idea generation aids: The Product Improvement CheckList (PICL), the Circles of Creativity (1985), IdeaPro idea generation software (in progress), and wrote the creativity training program for the American Management Association.

His books have been cited over 100 times in such journals as

Management Science,
Decision Sciences,
Academy of Management Journal,
The Journal of Product Innovation Management,
Journal of Advertising Research,
Psychology Today

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