Creativity and Education: Create in a Flash

Smile and be surprised turning the pages.

I was recently interviewed by Dr. Cyndi Burnett of Creativity and Education, and below is a snippet of that article.


After I published my second book, Leading on the Creative Edge, in 1997, I sent a copy to my mom and dad in Colorado. It was hard-bound, with a book jacket and was published by a great publisher. I was really proud of that book.

When I talked to my dad a few weeks after I had sent the book, I asked him how he liked it. “Well, I read the first twenty pages and it was pretty good,” he said. “Then I fell asleep. Where are the pictures?”


You see, my Dad was a farmer, and he was a visual thinker. He could plant cornrows so straight that a good archer could shoot an arrow straight down a row and not hit a single blade of corn.


Corn Rows


So when the time came for my next book in Sept. 2018, I used that great piece of advice I got 20 years earlier to write Create in a Flash: A leader’s recipe for breakthrough innovation. 

I wrote short chapters with lots of full-color pictures, something to keep the readers smiling and surprised when they turned the pages.

When you read this book, you can use it in a few different ways: You can read it from cover to cover (and those pictures mean you won’t get bored), you can use it as a text for a class or training program in combination with the videos and PDFs, or, if you just need some inspiration, you can open the book and read a few pages of “FYI.”

I didn’t want Create in a Flash to be another training manual. I’d already done that, and this was supposed to be something different.

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Create in a Flash: A leader's recipe for breakthrough innovation

Just as you follow a recipe to cook a great meal, there is a recipe to create great ideas. Create in a Flash is for leaders who know that in order to grow their organizations, they need to generate ideas and solutions on demand. With Flash, you’ll learn the recipe, why it works, and how to use it to be more effective and innovative in life and at work.

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