The Firefly Effect: Build Teams That Capture Creativity and Catapult Results

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How can you tap into your team’s creativity to tackletoday’s toughest business challenges?

In The Firefly Effect, Kimberly Douglas presentsinspiring yet pragmatic insights into getting your entire teamfiring on all cylinders and aiming in the right direction.Comparing the difficult act of harnessing and capturing creativityto the act of catching fireflies on a summer night, she willexplain:

  • What to do when the fireflies don’t show up (or whencreativity dries up)
  • How to know when it’s time to find a new meadow (or a newapproach, place or process)
  • What to do if the leader is keeping too tight a lid on the jar(and team innovation is gasping for air)
  • How to get inventive when it rains on your firefly hunt (orparade of ideas)
  • What happens when everyone is too busy to join in (and groupproblems remain unresolved)

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"Insightful, fun, and transformative, Kimberly Douglas weavespractice and analogy into chapters that will spark the creativityof individuals, leaders, teams, and their organizations!" -MarshallGoldsmith NYT and WSJ #1 bestselling author of What Got You HereWon't Get You There

"The Firefly Effect debunks the myth that creativity is anexclusive gift, shared by a select few. It provides real-worldtools to unleash and direct the creative spark¿that lives ineveryone and make teams more effective by celebrating andleveraging their differences." -Brad Shaw Senior Vice President,Corporate Communications and External Affairs, The Home Depot

"The Firefly Effect brings it all together. For seasoned leadersto emerging leaders, Kimberly Douglas outlines the tools,processes, and methods—along with the rationale to know whichto apply and when. The Firefly Effect is the first book thatsimplifies the complexity of team dynamics and exposes the fun ofcreating great teams." -Haven Riviere Vice President, MarketingOperations, The Coca-Cola Company

"In this fast-paced and very readable book, Kimberly Douglas,herself a successful entrepreneur and valued consultant to numerousnimble and effective companies and their high-achieving executives,shares the lessons that propelled her remarkable accomplishmentsand that will motivate and assist each reader!" -David A. Jones Sr.Cofounder and Chairman Emeritus, Humana Inc.

"An incredible resource. Regardless of where you are in yourcareer, The Firefly Effect will provide you with practical,easy-to-implement recommendations that will improve theeffectiveness of staff meetings as well as ensure your success inorchestrating complex strategic planning meetings." -Janet Parker,SPHR Executive Vice President, Regions Financial Corporation2007-2008 Chair, SHRM Board of Directors

"Kimberly Douglas vividly brings to life the metaphor of thefirefly hunt, providing us with measurable and actionable itemsthat can lead to tangible business results." -John Saunders VicePresident of Human Resources, UPS

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The Firefly Effect

Build Teams That Capture Creativity And Catapult Results

Creative, effective teams often make the difference betweenstunning success and abject failure in business. But, like catchingfireflies on a warm summer night, chasing creativity and bottlingit up in your teams is no easy task. The Firefly Effect exploresthat metaphor to reveal what it takes to build the kind of teamsthat collaborate and create effectively and profitably.

In this practical yet inspiring guide, human resourcesconsultant and business expert Kimberly Douglas explains howbusiness leaders like you can capture those creative fireflies andbuild them into teams that produce tangible, long-term results. TheFirefly Effect is what happens when you ignite the creative sparkin enough of your group to create a blaze of new and innovativethinking. It leads your people and teams into a zone of intenseteamwork and dedication, enthusiasm for achievement, unfetteredcreativity, and contentment with a job well done.

The Firefly Effect leads to much more than just great businessresults; it also leads to employees who are proud of their jobs andinvested in something more meaningful than mere "work." When doneright, the Firefly Effect:

Lets individuals rediscover their unique and creative talentsand best apply them within your organization

Turns business leaders from autocrats into consensus-buildingrole models

Leverages the talents of individuals into a collective thatfocuses on critical business challenges rather than petty personalissues

When you roll all those things together, you can achievevirtually anything.

In each chapter of The Firefly Effect, you'll find inspiringstories, practical tools, and real guidance for building teams thattruly work together.

Plus, you'll learn:

What to do when the creativity dries up

How to know when you need a new approach

What to do when team leaders start to stifle creativity

How to synchronize everyone's effort to deliver powerful impactand stunning success

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