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The Breakthrough Creativity Newsletter
Happy Fall!
September 2012
Dear Sylvia,

Welcome to my slightly reinvented and definitely renamed newsletter!  The name change to "The Breakthrough Creativity Newsletter" reflects a refocusing of my consulting practice. I spent some time this summer in strategic thought and realized I wanted to focus my attention on creativity and leadership and leave innovation challenges to other experts. See "The Disciplined Pursuit of Less" and "Innovation Resources" for more details. 

Despite the name change and the refocusing of my practice, this newsletter continues to be designed to provide leaders with practical ideas, techniques, and experiences to be more effective, productive and creative!  Please feel free to share it with others.



In This Issue
HRDQ Breakthrough Creativity Profile Prroducts
New Facebook Page
Legacies by Levesque
2012 International Leadership Association Conference
Innovation Resources
The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
HRDQ Breakthrough Creativity Profile Products
Breakthrough Creativity

They're coming! The second editions of the Breakthrough Creativity products from HRDQ will be available very shortly. Stay tuned for special announcements about the second edition of the new Breakthrough Creativity Profile Participant and Facilitator Guides!  They are full of new material on using the eight creative talents to help teams be more creative to help everyone more creatively solve tough problems. 


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Legacies by Levesque
Breakthrough Creativity

As mentioned in my last newsletter, I am launching a new set of services designed to help leaders:
  • Document their leadership accomplishments and unique history
  • Explain their actions and decisions so that others can gain perspective and learn from them
  • Discover the leadership themes that have run through their life
  • Articulate and convey their vision and wisdom to succeeding generations

If you or someone you know might be interested in a complimentary one-hour exploration of what's involved in documenting a leadership legacy, please email me. 

2012 International Leadership Association Conference

The annual conference of the International Leadership Association is not far off.  It's set for October 24-27, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. I will be leading three sessions: "Leadership as a Moving Experience" (about the work we've done at Gentle Giant Moving Company); a panel discussion with Debra Lovelace, Global HRD Manager at KEMET Corporation, about KEMET's Action Learning program; and a discussion on techniques to break or reframe mental models, those pesky blindspots that hinder cultural and organizational change.

 More about the ILA conference

Innovation Resources

Since I am moving away from studying and consulting around innovation, I want to leave you with some good resources. 


There are many good and helpful books about innovation. Two of the best, in my opinion, are The Other Side of Innovation by Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble. This book and its companion How Stella Saved the Farm are absolutely required reading for anyone who wants to get serious about implementing innovative ideas. 

I would also recommend a Boston based consulting firm Imaginatik. I was fortunate enough to attend their annual conference earlier this year and heard some amazing speakers. I encourage you to join their mailing list to receive announcements about their webinars and other offerings.
The Disciplined Pursuit of Less 
Lynne Levesque, Ed.D.  Consultant, Researcher, Author
Lynne Levesque, Ed.D
Taking time to reevaluate your life is something I recommend every leader do. This summer I decided to follow my own advice. 
In the last 18 years since  starting my consulting practice, I've had many adventures. They've included working with great clients, a 5 year stint at Harvard Business School, and writing two books, many articles and cases. 


It's been a great journey, and I have loved every minute of it. But something happened this summer to shift my thinking - a planetary realignment or was it reading "The Disciplined Pursuit of Less?" Whatever it was, I've become convinced that it's time to focus, simplify my life and redirect my energy back to creativity. (What about you? What could you do less of to be more creative?) 


As we get ready to launch the second edition of the Breakthrough Creativity Profile and the new Breakthrough Creativity Team Profile, I'll return to  sharing my passion and knowledge to help leaders be more creative and effective.That's where I believe I can make the greatest contribution.  


So while my focus will still be on creativity, it will be narrowed. I will concentrate on helping leaders 1) under stand the role their creative talents play in decision making, strategic planning, and building great organizations; and  

2) articulate and convey their legacy to succeeding generations.

Lynne Levesque
Author of

Breakthrough Creativity

Breakthrough Creativity:
Achieving Top Performance
Using the Eight Creative Talents

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