Creativeship is a must-read for leaders wanting to position their companies for long-term sustainable growth. In this engaging, clever, and thought provoking parable, Kelleher not only explains what principles we need to follow to lead effectively, but also why. As soon as you delve into the book you’ll realize the story is a great read, and the lessons are critical.”
Bob Nelson, Ph.D., million-copy best-selling author of 1501 Ways to Reward Employees and 1001 Ways to Take Initiative at Work, among other books
Grab your sneakers and get ready to run the “Creativeship” marathon. Bob Kelleher shows how to go the extra mile to create sustainable cultures and business models. Using rich narrative to identify markers such as Purpose, Engagement, Performance, Innovation, Tri-Branding, and Growth, “Creativeship” offers a road map that leads not just to the finish line but winning the race—the one you create. Creativeship” also reminds us of a crucial lesson in innovation that we often forget: Never accept “Because” as an answer and always ask, “Why” and “Why Not?” Add that to five other priorities—Purpose, Engagement, Performance, Tri-Branding, and Growth—and you have the formula for creating sustainable cultures and business models. Bob Kelleher’s engaging fable connects the priorities and offers a road map for success.
Lorri Freifeld, Editor-in-Chief,
“In the crowded leadership book market, Creativeship stands out as a worthy read. Beyond creating the nice coinage, author Bob Kelleher spins an entertaining tale of a consultant who senses in conversation with his purpose-driven daughter that old definitions of leadership are stale—and that creative leadership is needed to invest in six priorities that build sustainable cultures and business models. He then supports his story with learning points, readings, best practices, and examples. I’m sold on the premise and principles.”
Ken Shelton, editor/CEO,
“If I’m going to read a novel, it won’t be from someone who bores me. Good thing Bob Kelleher is anything but boring. In a landscape full of dry talking heads on employment engagement, leadership and talent practices, Kelleher is a breath of fresh air and a truth teller – speaking with transparency, honesty and street smarts you won’t find in most thought leaders in the Leadership / Talent Management space. No one ties business results with talent practices as well as Kelleher – as evidenced by the innovating fable approach you’ll find in Creativeship. I just hope there’s a sequel…”
Kris Dunn (nation’s top HR Blogger)
HR Capitalist ; Fistful of Talent
“I enjoyed Creativeship immensely. I especially enjoyed the take-aways and resource sections. You have done it again! Enjoy asking Why Not?”
Chairman, People Driven Performance
“Bob Kelleher shows why he’s a thought leader for our times. Strategic and yet extremely practical, every leader would benefit from reading Creativeship.”
Michael Lee Stallard,
Author of Fired Up or Burned Out
“A must read for new or emerging leaders, as well as any business leader looking for a leg-up in today’s boundary less , highly connected, and ultra-competitive marketplace. Agility, innovation, and alignment; three essential elements to a successful business that Bob operationalizes in this effective and compelling fable.All will benefit from executing the concepts and principles addressed in Creativeship. While an effective and compelling fable, everything Bob highlights in Creativeship is also backed by our extensive research on human capital management best-practices.
Kevin W. Martin
SR VP of International Operations
Simply put, Creativeship is to today’s business leader what The One Minute Manager was in the 1980’s. The concept of Creativeship is transformative and Kelleher has introduced it using a brilliant combination of fact and fable. The story not only offers insight into the reflections of an experienced leader, father and would-be retiree, it translates his reflections into key concepts that build a compelling case for shedding outdated applications of leadership and evolving into the world of Creativeship.
Executive Director, Northeast Human Resources Association
“I loved Creativeship. The fable approach Kelleher used to create his message of a new leadership was captivating. It has been a while since I read a business book which I couldn’t put down. A winner!”
“When it comes to true insight it takes an experienced practitioner to provide this version of the absolute truth. The constant rebirth and reCreativeship could only have come from Bob, the master and he finds a way to tell it like it truly is. We all evolve constantly and in an era the morphs into a different reality every few years evolution is the answer or obsolescence defaults. The Darwin description of life molding talent into a winning and engaged murmuration of a team.
CEO of SilkRoad Technologies
The fable approach was fun, easy to read and brought a real human quality to the subject. What was striking about Creativeship is that Kelleher describes the strands that overlap and form a strong fabric for success – Purpose, Employee Engagement, Innovation, Performance, Tri-Branding, and Global Growth are not distinct buckets. They all work together to capture the human spirit and drive success.
There have been lots written about generational differences. What also struck me is how Kelleher recognizes these differences yet explored commonalities (e.g., boomers increasing interested in propose). Further, Kelleher’s great central point about diversity is that it diverse perspectives and experiences which in turn drive innovation and success. The book is great—fun and practical.
President and CEO, Terracon
“Creativeship is a fable that will remind you of the need to build both a sustainable workforce and business model. I appreciated the blended approach of Creativeship – a fable rich data and resources. Kelleher rightly points out the need to get past the potential in people by engaging them in new and deeper ways. Understanding both the ‘purpose’ of a business and the intrinsic motivation of its employees, is the key to shifting great performances to lasting legacies of performance. Creativeship reinforces the need to build cultures of excellence by starting with clarity of purpose and people while working to make everything they do and do for others an authentic representation of who they say they are.
Danroy “Dan” T. Henry
Chief Human Resources Officer
“A Must Read! Creativeship captures the future of leadership and business in a thought provoking and simple writing style. The lessons contained in Creativeship are powerful and long lasting for leadership teams wrestling with how to sustain their business for continued success. Kelleher weaves in his personal experiences with real time data and research to write one amazing fable. This book powerfully reinforces the need to for businesses to shift their focus on purpose, employee engagement, high performance, innovation, branding, and globalization”.
Current Strategist, and Former Chairman and CEO
The Kleinfelder Group
Bob Kelleher is a brilliant employee engagement and leadership innovation coach. In his new book, Creativeship, he cleverly uses his skills to create a roadmap to help managers of all generations better understand each other, work together more effectively, and plot a strategic course for the future. This book is an essential read for leaders of all levels who are serious about embracing and cultivating a culture of creativity, innovation, corporate responsibility and employee engagement and wishing to assure their company relevance and sustainability in the 21st century.
President, Beacon Communities
“Kudos to Creativeship–a practical guide for organizations in creating an environment that achieves high levels of employee engagement and performance while balancing the perspectives of current needs and future opportunities. Creativeship demonstrates that past leadership practices are not sufficient in meeting the demands of employees, customers and markets for tomorrow. A must read for any “leader” who desires to create a “new normal” of sustainable business growth.”
Kevin J Sensenig, Ph.D.,
Global VP, Learning & Organization Development, Dale Carnegie Training.
Kelleher hits the mark again. Practical, compelling advice for leaders at all levels about building a sustainable culture – told in a charming, humorous novel format. Creativeship is a must-read on how to evolve and thrive in today’s business world.
Michelle L. Perry, SPHR | SVP, Human Resources
Balfour Beatty Construction | 3100 McKinnon, 7th Floor, Dallas, TX 75201
“As baby boomers approach retirement, we are confronted with a period of self-reflection of our career and our lives that is profound. Looking at around leadership legacy, we must not look back but rather forward. Our experience, stage of life, curiosity and craving to learning creates an interface and engagement with the new workforce and our own family in ways that require us to think and act differently. Creativeship captures that moment in a profound fable that represents so many of us!”
Deb Hicks, SVP of HR,
Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA