We help leaders and teams develop capabilities in creativity and collaborative leadership through arts-based learning and design thinking.
We provide consulting, training, and coaching to Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, educational institutions and government organizations.
Our insights and methodologies are drawn from the multi-disciplinary perspectives of business management, art, design, and social science research. Our focus is on leadership and team development, creativity, collaboration, and cultivating environments that foster innovation.
We believe in positive psychology, and the philosophy of Appreciative Inquiry: People and organizations flourish when they focus on human ideals and achievements, and strive toward excellence based on fostering the unique talents of individual and teams.
For innovation to flourish, organizations must create an environment that fosters creativity; bringing together multi-talented groups of people who work in close collaboration together— exchanging knowledge, ideas and shaping the direction of the future. Organizations led by creative leaders have a higher success rate in innovation, employee engagement, change and renewal.
Who We Are
Linda Naiman is founder of Creativity at Work and recognized internationally for pioneering arts-based learning as a catalyst for developing creativity, innovation, and collaborative leadership in organizations. Her consulting is informed by principles and practices of business, arts, design, and social science research. Linda is co-author with Arthur B VanGundy of Orchestrating Collaboration at Work Using Music, Improv, Storytelling, and Other Arts to Improve Teamwork (first published by Wiley in 2003)
Associates & Advisors:
Kevin D. Asbjörnson, MIM, is recognized in the 2010 Marquis Who’s Who in the World of Global Citizens for his creativity with the integration of music, performing arts-based learning and 21st Century Leadership. Kevin is Founder & Principal Performing Artist of Inspire! Imagine! Innovate! His groundbreaking, interactive leadership development experience, Artistry of Leadership – Creating Meaningful Connections®, integrates his original music with an exploration of the parallels between artists and leaders.
Cynthia DuVal is an artist, cultural psychologist and innovation researcher who specializes in applying ethnography to change goals. As a pioneering industrial ethnographer Cynthia developed research projects and customer-centered design competencies for Xerox PARC, Apple Computer, Microsoft, Verizon Labs, IBM, Red Hat, Radius Design and most recently Transform Australia.The practice of ethnography generates in-depth knowledge of people, values and behaviours and how people shape and are shaped by the cultures, communities, historical context and places in which they live; this knowledge brings customer perspectives into innovation discovery, testing and planning and leads to fresh creative insights, improved customer satisfaction, organizational efficiency and opportunities for brand differentiation.
Erna Hagge, CEC, HRMC, EMC, RMC
Erna’s experience of over 25 years in human resources management in three major organizations and numerous clients encompasses coaching, organizational and personal development, employee relations, recruitment, training, facilitation, and business development. She is known for building coaching and learning cultures. She is the founder and past Lead of Coaching Services for the University of British Columbia (UBC). Her leading edge work has been recognized twice by the International Coach Federation (ICF) with Prism Awards for coaching excellence within organizations, and the Canadian Association of Universities Business Officers Award for Quality and Effectiveness. Erna is co-author Trinamics Coaching Triangle System.
Marilyn Hamilton, CGA, PhD
Dr. Marilyn Hamilton is author of Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive. She leads a practice community using Integral City frameworks and practical tools to support multi-stakeholder groups in transforming their whole city and eco-region into habitats that are as sustainable and resilient for humans as the beehive is for bees. Her Integral City approach incubates transformation strategies for City Staff, Civic Leaders, Civil Society, Entrepreneurs and Community Participants that integrate their contributions with Purpose, Place, Priorities, People and Planet.
Karen Jaw-Madson, organizational expert and author of Culture Your Culture: Innovating Experiences @Work(Emerald Group Pub, Ltd., June), enjoyed success as a corporate executive before pursuing a ‘portfolio career’ comprised of research, writing, consulting, teaching/speaking, and creative pursuits. Proving her versatility across multiple industries, Karen developed, led, and implemented numerous organizational initiatives around the globe. She built a reputation as a strategic leader who gets things done. Today, Karen is principal of Co.-Design of Work Experience, where she enables organizations with innovative approaches and customized solutions for intimidating challenges. Focus areas include culture, organizational change, and people strategies. Karen has a BA in Ethnic and Cultural Studies from Bryn Mawr College and a MA in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.
Steven S Taylor, PhD
Steve is an associate professor in the School of Business at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. His research focuses on the aesthetics of organizational action and reflective practice. Recently his academic work has focused on theorizing what business can learn from the arts and management as craft. He is the author of the book Leadership Craft, Leadership Art, and is the editor of the journal Organizational Aesthetics. Steve is also a playwright whose work has been performed in England, France, Poland, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, Italy, Australia, and the USA.