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  • Todd Henry

    Administrator
    June 24, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    The one that really started me down the path of thinking in new ways about my work was Orbiting The Giant Hairball by Gordan MacKenzie, former Creative Director of Hallmark.

    • Sarah Spoelstra

      Member
      July 7, 2022 at 9:18 pm

      Orbiting the Giant Hairball is an amazing book! I think I first heard about it on your podcast.

      • Kathryn Haydon

        Member
        September 6, 2022 at 7:39 pm

        I love this one also!

  • Sarah Spoelstra

    Member
    July 7, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    Creativity Inc. by Ed Catmull and Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon.

    I love Creativity Inc. because Ed talks you through the building of Pixar and how he managed his team and helped grow the company. I love his approach to leadership.

    I love Steal Like an Artist because I feel like most art is “remixed” and it sort of gives permission for that. It talks about taking ideas from lots of different places and mashing them and making your art into something of your own.

    • Todd Henry

      Administrator
      September 9, 2022 at 1:04 pm

      Creativity Inc introduced me to the notion of candor, which has been tremendously helpful!

  • Todd Turner

    Member
    September 6, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    Hey Whipple Squeeze This kicked things off for me.

    • Todd Henry

      Administrator
      September 6, 2022 at 12:20 pm

      Interesting – I’ve not heard of that one. I’ll have to check it out. (Welcome to the community, by the way!)

  • Kathryn Haydon

    Member
    September 6, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger and Invisible Solutions by Steven Shapiro. There aren’t as many books out there that focus on clarifying challenges/asking questions as well as these do. Ooh, also My Creative Space by Donald Rattner. This is a gorgeous book visually, and it’s all about how physical space affects creativity. Chock full of research presented in a relatable way.

    • Todd Henry

      Administrator
      September 9, 2022 at 1:03 pm

      I really enjoyed A More Beautiful Question as well – it is a nice framework for guided curiosity!

  • Sophie Frey

    Member
    September 9, 2022 at 10:00 am

    I recently finished to read the whole series of books from Austin Kleon, my favourite is Share your work, 2nd favourite is Keep Going. I like steal like the artist, but it is not as deep as share your work. I also enjoyed very much “creative confidence” by Tom & David Kelley (although it is more about design thinking). I didn’t like Big Magic so much, too esoterical for me. I’m looking forward to read now your books (shame on me)…I listened to your podcast a lot though and decided to read the books now.

    • Todd Henry

      Administrator
      September 9, 2022 at 1:03 pm

      I love Austin’s work. He’s one of my favorite people to chat with about the creative process. I return to his books often.

  • Brad Bellmore

    Member
    September 19, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    Out of Office by Charlie Warzel. I read it as my company was debating returning to officeoffice full time or in a hybrid mode. The best part about this book is that it talks more about culture, how we create it and how we sustain it, regardless of location. It made me rethink how I lead and communicate with my team.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56212912-out-of-office?ref=nav_sb_ss_1_13

    • Todd Henry

      Administrator
      September 20, 2022 at 7:43 pm

      Ooh – that sounds like a great one. I need to check it out. I’ve not read it.