Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on Flow

This 19-minute TED Talk by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on flow theory is a good introduction to the ideas on happiness and creativity explored in his book “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience.”

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Creativity, Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention

Drawing on almost 100 interviews and 30 years of research, psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi uses flow theory to explore the creative process.

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Adaptors and Innovators – Why New Initiatives Get Blocked

This online article explains the differences between adoptors and innovators, while exploring why some organizations tend to resist new ideas.

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The Climate for Transformation: Lessons for Leaders

A helpful online summary of research findings about how leaders can cultivate a positive climate and culture for innovation in their organizations.

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Six Thinking Hats: Looking at a Decision From All Points of View

This online article and 3-minute video introduce a way of looking at decisions from multiple perspectives – a valuable approach, even if the metaphor is a little cheesy.

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Seven Aspects of Clergy Development

This four-page PDF file developed by the American Baptist Churches USA outlines areas of clergy development that the newly ordained may need to work on: leadership and ministry skills, spiritual health, emotional health, intellectual health, physical health, relational health, and financial health.

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Discover Your Spiritual Type: A Guide to Individual and Congregational Growth

Corinne Ware’s 156-page book, Discover Your Spiritual Type, provides a framework for people to articulate their spiritual experiences; clergy may find it helpful in understanding and resolving conflict around liturgy and worship.

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Getting to Yes summary

The Conflict Resolution Consortium created this quick summary of Getting to Yes, the classic text on negotiating agreement by Roger Fisher and William Ury.

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The Dynamics of Conflict: A Guide to Engagement and Intervention

This second edition, published in 2012, retains the original seminal work’s focus on how to think productively about conflict and conflict intervention.

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Nonviolent Communication Techniques

An introduction to communication techniques for transforming potential conflicts into peaceful dialogues, from the Center for Nonviolent Communication, San Francisco.

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