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Creative Leadership: Keys to Co-Creating Value
Interview with Steven Kowalski, Ph.D.

We can’t sleepwalk ourselves into the future we hope to achieve. Together, at the intersection of creativity and leadership, we can solve our most challenging problems and co-create new value. But there are so many factors that prevent us from discovering what’s possible in this intersection. Old “narratives” about what creativity is and who we are as creators get in the way. Traditional leadership styles prevent us from truly sharing leadership in service to our most pressing and important goals. We are more creative than we know, and increasingly, our work and lives need us to engage in collective leadership. We can—and must—improve how we get “Creative Together.”

Steven Kowalski

Steven Kowalski

Steven Kowalski is an organization development consultant, speaker, executive coach, and the author of “Creative Together: Sparking Innovation in the New World of Work.” He has more than 25 years of experience facilitating the creativity of scientists, engineers, business leaders, and professionals across industries to blaze new trails, catalyze creative potential, and deliver real-world innovation. Steven delivers bold solutions that are scalable and sustainable through his firm, Creative LicenseTM Consulting Services. He holds a Ph.D. in adult learning and organizational creativity from UCLA, works for biopharma pioneer Genentech and is the author of over 100 workplace learning programs.

From Steven about his interview, “In my book, Creative Together: Sparking Innovation in the New World of Work, I offer a “new story” about what creativity really is, when and how it shows up in our work and lives, and how we can reclaim our creative potential. I offer a methodology called GIFTED: Greet the unknown with passion, Ignite your creative potential, Flex your Superpowers, Thrive in co-creation, Experiment in the Swamp, and Dare to dream big. Creative Together leads readers on a three-part journey to get better at co-creating new value – in all kinds of work and life pursuits.”

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