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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Kogan Page; 1 edition (3 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749478861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749478865
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 1.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

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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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