Disciplined Dreaming

A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity

Josh Linkner

Publisher: Jossey-Bass, 2011, 235 pages

ISBN: 978-0-470-92222-4

Keywords: Creativity

Last modified: Jan. 21, 2014, 2:57 p.m.

In Disciplined Dreaming, business innovator and jazz musician Josh Linkner shows exactly how you can create profitable new ideas, empower employees to flex their creative muscles, and tap into the power of creativity to sustain a competitive advantage over the long haul. Drawing on interviews with hundreds of successful CEOs, entrepreneurs, and artists, Linkner distills exactly how creativity can be encouraged, as well as its impact on the bottom line.

Disciplined Dreaming outlines a proven, easy-to-apply 5-step process — Ask, Prepare, Discover, Ignite, and Launch — that will help you and your team develop your creativity chops. Through illustrative stories, real-world examples, and fun yet practical exercises, Linkner shows leaders and team builders how to become immediately more effective in discovering new routes to profitable solutions.

Designed to be flexible, Disciplined Dreaming clearly demonstrates how creativity can be used for everything from innovative, game-shifting breakthroughs to incremental advances and daily improvements to business processes. With Disciplined Dreaming, even the most resistant corporate bureaucracies can cultivate creativity and become more competitive in today's shifting marketplace.

    1. The Case for Creativity
    2. Disciplined Dreaming: Your System for Creativity
  • Step One: Ask
    1. Defining the Creativity Challenge
    2. Driving Curiosity and Awareness
  • Step Two: Prepare
    1. Gaining the Keys to a Creative Mind and Culture
    2. Preparing Your Environment to Promote Creative Passion
  • Step Three: Discover
    1. Discovering the Ways of Creativity
  • Step Four: Ignite
    1. Generating Creative Sparks
    2. Igniting the Sparks of Creativity: The Eight Most Powerful Techniques
  • Step Five: Launch
    1. Bringing Your Ideas to Life: The Launch
  • Epilogue: The Power of One
  • Appendix A: The Top Six Creativity Myths (and Truths)
  • Appendix B: Aditional Warm-Up Exercises to Jump-Start Creativity


Disciplined Dreaming

Reviewed by Roland Buresund

Mediocre **** (4 out of 10)

Last modified: Jan. 21, 2014, 2:57 p.m.

This is a pretty meaningless book about creativty, that seems to just collect sayings, half-truths, anecdotes and per-conceived notions about creativity and the creativity process. And it fails even at this, in a large degree. Add to that the fact it is written very boringly, and you don't have a winner.

Not exactly bad, but just meaningless.


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