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Overview Problems! Jack Huber has his share. But when he is introduced to the creative problem solving process from an unexpected source, life soon changes . . . drastically. Jack Huber dreams of being a professional photographer and starting his own business. He has a few ideas but doesn't know how to process them to make his dream a reality. That is until an unlikely mentor stumbles upon Jack's path and shares a whole new way of thinking through problems. In Jack's Notebook, Gregg Fraley, an innovation consultant to Fortune 500 companies, illustrates a well-kept secret of corporate America: the Creative Problem Solving process. "If you are struggling to move ahead in your career, if you're an executive with a thorny corporate challenge, someone trying to solve a messy community issue, a family trying to sort through an emotional conflict, or an entrepreneur looking for ways to make the most of limited resources-this book is for you. If you have a 'mess' on your hands, you have found a useful tool." -from the Introduction
"Problems Jack Huber has his share. But when he is introduced to the creative problem solving process from an unexpected source, life soon changes . . . drastically."
Jack Huber dreams of being a professional photographer and starting his own business. He has a few ideas but doesn't know how to process them to make his dream a reality. That is until an unlikely mentor stumbles upon Jack's path and shares a whole new way of thinking through problems.
In "Jack's Notebook," Gregg Fraley, an innovation consultant to Fortune 500 companies, illustrates a well-kept secret of corporate America: the Creative Problem Solving process.
"If you are struggling to move ahead in your career, if you're an executive with a thorny corporate challenge, someone trying to solve a messy community issue, a family trying to sort through an emotional conflict, or an entrepreneur looking for ways to make the most of limited resources-this book is for you. If you have a 'mess' on your hands, you have found a useful tool." -from the "Introduction"
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Sep 30, 2008
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 1595552472 ISBN13 9781595552471
Reviews - What do customers think about Jack's Notebook: A business novel about creative problem solving?
Solving problems doesn't have to be hard, it can be fun! Feb 8, 2010
I've got a really fresh brain after this weekend because I read Jack's Notebook by creativity and innovation expert Gregg Fraley, it's my first time reading a literal business novel so it was refreshing to have a book put my visual senses to work and putting me in the story. Jack's Notebook is essentially about a guy named Jack Huber and his friend Manny who is a professional problem solver that helps Jack get his life straight through the use of CPS (Creative problem solving) to solve his work and personal problems.
So what is CPS? It's a technique developed by Alex Osborn who coined the term brainstorming and it basically helps you have more ideas and therefore more solutions to any problem you encounter. CPS brings order to the chaos that is solving problems, it's a systematic process of creating lists and then making decisions. That simple!
Like business and life, the story has twists and turns and the problems that Jack faces are solved using CPS in a very simple way. This leaves you with this feeling of `uh that was easy!' and I think this is really the big takeaway most people will get from the book...solving problems doesn't have to be hard, it can be fun!
So if you're stuck in a corner and always seem to do the same thing over and over again with the same result because you try the same old ideas then I recommend you read this book. In fact even if you think you're pretty fly at solving problems already and don't think you need anymore lecturing, you should read this book because most likely your brain has gone stale and need some refreshing...we all do!
Mr. Fraley has given us a notebook with all his secrets and he wants to help us solve our problems in a fun way and the plus is it's also a great story. Get it. Read it. Start your own notebook.
Once you've read it, follow Gregg Fraley on Twitter and tell him what you think.
P.S. Thank you Mr. Fraley!
Jack's Notebook should be Your Notebook Jul 25, 2009
Gregg Fraley does for the creativity world what Patrick Lencioni does for the business world.
In his book Jack's Notebook we follow the life of Jack as he encounters a creative problem solving consultant who introduces him to a simple and life-changing process.
Rather than simply writing about this process, this books tells a story (which everyone knows is the best way to learn anything). I opened the book, eager to learn more about creativity and a creative process, but was soon captivated by the story.
So buy it now, pick it up, because you won't want to put it down once you do.
Need more convincing? Here are a few of my favorite quips and quotes:
Creativity is a lot more than artistic expression. It's a myth that to be creative you must be artistic. Everyone is creative whether he [or she] is artistically inclined or not. (ix)
Training kids to be really great at getting the one perfect answer does them the disservice of training them not to think about all kinds of answers, all kinds of options. (45-6)
Scholars have concluded that the larger the number of ideas you generate, the more likely it is you will have a breakthrough idea. In other words, quantity gets you to quality. (50)
The best ideas are the ones you actually take action on. Until you act, you have nothing except words on a page. (88)
(If I've convinced you that you need more but you're more into reading pixels on a screen than ink in a page, check out Gregg's updates on twitter at twitter.com/greggfraley.)
You will LOVE this book! Jun 21, 2009
Mary Poppins would approve of this book. It is the "teaspoon of sugar" that helps the knowledge and wisdom "go down". Gregg Fraley has a well of knowledge and wisdom and he shares it ALL with you in this "can't-put-downer" of a business novel! The story is engaging all by itself (OK, I even cried at the end) and its message, how you can harness the Creative Problem Solving technique to create radical change in your life and take practical steps towards achieving your dreams, is eloquently presented. You will learn easily applicable techniques that you can use to create a successful career transition, build your business, or launch a new idea. If you are not satisfied 100% with your current situation this book will illustrate for you exactly what you can do to create the change you want! Whitney Ferre', author The Artist Within
An Easy and Informative Read; A Great Introduction into the CPS methods Jun 4, 2009
Jack's Notebook is a great introduction to Creative Problem Solving method. It perfectly melds the specifics of the CPS method with an entertaining storyline; offering some practical uses of the technique (and some not so practical uses, but I won't spoil the story). As someone who just started utilizing the process, this book provided a fun, non-threatening way to digest a bunch of information in a short period of time.
If you're looking for a good place to start your journey with the CPS model, Gregg Fraley's Jack's Notebook is the answer.
An Introductory course in Creative Problem Solving merged into a story. May 22, 2009
Jack's Notebook is one of the most interesting and compelling books I've read in quite some time. This is due in part because I am at a transition stage in life similar to the main character, Jack. It is also due to the way it was written: Jack's Notebook teaches Creative Problem Solving (CPS) techniques while telling a story. This is simply amazing! I have never experienced a process of teaching the way Gregg Fraley presented CPS in Jack's Notebook. I read the book hoping to find a different method of solving problems and learn a creative process. While reading I found myself so absorbed in the story that the lessons and techniques were assimilated without effort. I give Jack's Notebook five (5) stars and have purchased two (2) additional copies as gifts already. If you find yourself in a life or career transition or want to learn more about the Creative Problem Solving method get this book now.