In Coaching the Creative Impulse, Thea Mikkelsen presents an accessible and engaging guide to understanding and utilising creativity at work. This unique book will give professionals and creative individuals a set of tools to help tackle and understand more deeply the psychological obstacles that may arise when navigating their career path, allowing them to thrive in the workplace and master their craft.
Based both in practice and in theory, Mikkelsen’s innovative approach is framed around Freud’s topographical model of the superego, ego and id and her decade’s worth of experience as a coach and leadership developer. She begins by clearly defining creativity and goes on to identify the psychological processes involved, considering the contribution of language, professional relationships, motivation and working as a group. Using case studies throughout, Mikkelsen also assesses the causes of creative blocks, the value of external feedback and the challenge of balancing experiences of success and failure. Featuring real examples from her own work with creative professionals, this book provides a framework for managing inner conflicts and discovering a creative destiny.
This state-of-the-art guide will be essential reading for all people who want to use their creativity and their personality in their work, and those who coach, lead and manage them. It will be of great interest to anyone working in a creative, technological or innovation-led industry, to HR and L&D professionals, and to coaches of all backgrounds.
Introduction; Chapter 1: What we talk about when we talk about creativity; Chapter 2: Creativity and the self; Chapter 3: The creative process; Chapter 4: Presenting creative work; Chapter 5: Creative groups; Chapter 6: Creativity and relationships; Chapter 7: Creative blocks; Chapter 8: Still the same, only more; Conclusion; Index