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Book cover: The Innovative Team

The Innovative Team: Chris Grivas & Gerard Puccio

Christopher Grivas

After working in a few jobs with people who were "working for the weekend," Christopher Grivas began to wonder, "How do you inspire creativity?" With guidance and recommendations from Dr. Teresa Amabile, a well-known creativity researcher and Harvard Business School Professor, Chris enrolled in the graduate progran at the Center for Applied Imagination to find the answer to his question.

Chris was introduced to metacognitive teaching and had the opportunity to use his creative thinking skills at a wide range of levels. His experiences at the International Center for Studies in Creativity helped to nurture his love for learning. Chris is now an Organizational Development Specialist at the New York University Medical Center while also teaching as an Adjunct Professor at New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He has taken elements and tools from creative problem solving to strengthen his qualitative research by identifying themes in issues and organizational research. Chris works hard to inspire creativity in his own students using the tools that he learned at the Center for Applied Imagination.

Gerard J. Puccio

Gerard J. Puccio is Department Chair and Professor at the Center for Applied Imagination, Buffalo State. Gerard has written more than 50 articles, chapters and books including The Innovative Team and Creative Leadership: Skills that Drive Change. In recognition of his outstanding work as a scholar, Dr. Puccio received the State University of New York Chancellor's Recognition Award for Research Excellence, as well as the President's Medal for Scholarship and Creativity. In 2012 Dr. Puccio was selected by the Teaching Company as one of America’s Great Lecturers and as such was invited to design and deliver a course comprised of twenty-four 30-minute video sessions. 

Dr. Puccio is an accomplished speaker and consultant; he has worked with major corporations, universities, and numerous school districts. Some of his recent clients include the BBC, Fisher-Price Brands, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Kraft Foods, Rich Products, BNP Paribas, Rubbermaid, Coca-Cola, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. He has delivered creativity workshops and presentations across the United States and in more than 20 different countries. 

Gerard holds a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Manchester, England.



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