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Too Fast to Think: How to Reclaim Your Creativity in a Hyper-connected Work Culture Paperback – 3 Oct 2016
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"Too Fast to Think crackles with good ideas and advice and for creative thinkers. It's a must read for the media, politicians and business people alike" (Baroness Jenkin of Kennington)
"Too Fast to Think perfectly captures the zeitgeist of our exhausted world. It resonated profoundly with me both as an entrepreneur and as a parent" (Alison Cork, entrepreneur, writer, broadcaster)
"Chris Lewis gives us permission to Stop, Think, Dream, Be and shows us how to replace Hurry Sickness with creative success. His examples are universal and global, relevant to all people and professions" (Dr Pippa Malmgren Former US Presidential Advisor and author of 'Signals: How Everyday Signs Can Help Us Navigate the World's Turbulent Economy')
"Time is a luxury that's available to everyone if they have the discipline to use it properly. In the digital age, our decisions are pressurised by the speed of events. Making the time to really think is the key to success. The author is a living testament to this philosophy" (Lord Bell, Executive Chairman Bell Pottinger.)
"Chris Lewis's book is an aide memoir to the importance and enriching power of creativity in business. Lewis has identified a growing trend that industry is finding it hard to adapt to new communications challenges and are having difficulties developing creative ideas, strategies and the necessary infrastructure to meet those challenges. I recommend his bold ambition to renew our confidence in creativity" (Mark Borkowski, Publicist, author and entrepreneur)
"Too Fast to Think is an important reminder that the time of getting our best ideas in the work environment has passed. The proximity gained from the internet and social media has come at the price of continual disruption and the risk that "we shut out what we don't agree with". The insights Chris Lewis provides from both the theory and the people trying to take a different path underscore the importance of not neglecting that which makes us creative" (Charlotte Lindsey-Curtet, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).)
"I loved this book! This fascinating book bubbles with the effervescence of a creative mind. Chris would want you to explore his ideas, extract your own, expand on them, share them and explode his thinking. Hell, blow them up! As George Bernard Shaw's reflected, "The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him...the unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself... All progress depends on the unreasonable man." Chris Lewis provides a timely and apposite reminder for all leaders of the need to confront conventional practices. He does so through an infectious curiosity and shares bold insights, both pragmatic and paradoxical, to challenge us all to take time to think" (Squadron Leader John Peters)
"We neglect holism at our peril. In our complex world only a life lived in the round can give us the connections and space for reflection that nurture creativity and compassion. Chris Lewis has seen the danger of being overwhelmed by the particular and the need to restore the balanced life necessary for human flourishing and for meeting the global challenges before us" (Richard Chartres, The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Richard Chartres, Bishop of London)
Provides an insightful and emotive account of how our current work practices of constant interruption, 24/7 connectivity and a reductive emphasis on 'productivity' have a detrimental effect on our capacities to think creatively.
Proposes a tried and tested model, based on cutting-edge research from the University of the Arts London, of the 8 creative traits (belief, quiet, dreaming, release, relaxation, repetition, play, teaching) that leaders need to spark creativity in themselves, their teams and their organization as a whole.
Allows readers to rebalance their approach to creativity through understanding how left and right brain processes work, to help them perform at their creative best and generate new ideas and innovations.
Contains candid interviews from a diverse range of business leaders, artists, academics, psychologists, politicians and military and religious figures to provide fascinating personal accounts of creativity, idea development and leadership. Interviewees include award-winning film director Tony Palmer, CEO and founder of WPP Sir Martin Sorrell, co-founder of Pret-a-Manger Sinclair Beecham, director of VCU Brandcenter Helyane Spivak, author and computer scientist Ray Kurzweil and Professor Sir Cary Cooper.
Includes a Foreword by Sir Ken Robinson - author, speaker and international adviser on education in the arts to governments. His TED talk 'Do schools kill creativity?' has received over 39 million views and he has over 343,000 Twitter followers.
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At work the typical worker is overloaded with information and sensory inputs, often fighting to deal with things at the cost that any creativity and new thinking is impeded. Help is at hand, believes the author, and eight traits allegedly can help our creativity and innovation, whilst cutting down the pressure. It sounds too good to be true! All we need to do is retrain our brains and here the author says that science and the latest research can be on our side.
Intertwined within the book is a certain type of humour, a self-critique and openness. This helped make the book less of a dry, theoretical read. Instead it was quite accessible and engaging, despite it feeling quite technical or involved at times. However, this is more than just a self-help book and the astute reader may be able to get rather a lot out of it that can help them in their business and private activities. It can also have you looking at how you communicate and interact with others and maybe by modifying your own behaviour, as a recipient of information, you will be changing how you communicating with others and that will benefit them too.
It was hardly an onerous read yet it felt as it was leaving its mark on the reader, irrespective of whether you felt you had a problem that needed addressing or not. A book worthy of closer consideration and for those who are feeling the pressure, it might be a great bit of preventative medicine.
What I'd like to take away from this book are
the eight creative traits (QED3RPT), namely:
and the SQ3R speed reading technique
The first third of the book takes a little bit too much time ( I know Chris you have just proved your point!) giving evidence that we don't give enough time to allow our brains to think creatively. This feels more like an academic paper and is a bit too full of case studies.
The middle of the book explains how our left and right brains work and how right brains thinking is key to success in all walks of life. This was really fun to read.
The final part is more about how individuals and companies can help to create a creative environment and mentality in the workplace.
I'm in media sales but like Chris says this doesn't make you non-creative and a lot of the techniques and ideas I found very useful.
If I was being critical I would have had a few images or visual exercises to break things up and a few less case studies, Lewis doesn't need to prove his point quite so much.
However there were genuine insights here and it's well worth reading for anyone who is involved in the creative industry or wishes his or her company to develop with a fresh approach to their static ways of doing things.