Insight Out: Get Ideas Out of Your Head and Into the World


Tina Seelig

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Insight Out: Get Ideas Out of Your Head and Into the World Hardcover – May 26, 2015
by Tina Seelig (Author)

In this revolutionary guide, Stanford University Professor and international bestselling author of inGenius adopts her popular course material to teach everyone how to make imaginative ideas a reality.

As a leading expert on creativity, Tina Seelig has continually explored what we can each do to unleash our entrepreneurial spirit. In Insight Out, she offers us the tools to make our ideas a reality. She clearly defines the concepts of imagination, creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurism, showing how they affect each other and how we can unlock the pathway from imagination to implementation, where our ideas then gain the power to inspire the imaginations of others.

Drawing on more than a decade of experience as a professor at the Stanford University School of Engineering, Seelig shows readers how to work through the steps of imagination, ideation, innovation, and implementation, using each step to build upon the last, to ultimately create something complex, interesting, and powerful. Coping with today’s constant change, everyone needs these skills to conquer challenges and seize the opportunities that arise. Seelig irrefutably demonstrates that these skills can be taught, and shows us how to mobilize our own energy and bring new ideas to life.

Editorial Reviews

“The Silicon Valley entrepreneurship story has taken an outsized place in our understanding of innovation. Tina Seelig explains how the skills of creativity, invention, and entrepreneurship can be pursued in every walk of life, and even better, how they can be taught.” (Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media Inc.)

“Insight Out elegantly illustrates how to move from imagination to innovation, and inspiration to implementation.” (Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take)

“Tina Seelig presents a provocative pathway for bringing your ideas to fruition. Illustrated with inspiring examples, this book leaves plenty of room for defining your own choices as you move through the entrepreneurial process.” (Geoff Moore, author of Crossing the Chasm)

“This book will make you smarter, more creative, more original and more innovative. It’s valuable both for individuals who want to turbo-charge their own performance, as well as companies and the leaders within these companies: anyone who is looking for more innovation MUST read this book!” (Olivia Fox Cabane, author of The Charisma Myth)

“Tina Seelig draws from the halls of Stanford to the walls of start-ups to distill the secrets of successful entrepreneurs. Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or an established professional, Insight Out will be your essential guide for converting your ideas into impact. (Liz Wiseman, bestselling author of Multipliers and Rookie Smarts)

“A practical handbook for turning ideas into action, Insight Out is a fast-paced ride from imagination and creativity to innovation and entrepreneurship. Use this book to bring your ideas to life.” (Tom Kelley, co-author of Creative Confidence)

“ Many of the current generation of leaders in Silicon Valley were once students that she personally mentored. With Insight Out, Tina uses her characteristic analytic insight to unpack creativity and innovation, helping dispel the myth that these are magical powers available only to a lucky few.” (Justin Rosenstein, Co-Founder Asana)

From the Back Cover
What if there were a clear set of instructions to help you bring your best ideas to life? As with a recipe, you could take a compelling idea and with concrete steps, transform it into something extraordinary.

As a professor at Stanford University, Tina Seelig has dedicated her career to teaching the practice of moving from imagination to implementation. In Insight Out, she welcomes you into her classroom and crisply defines the core concepts of imagination, creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship, presenting an elegant and much-needed model she calls the “Invention Cycle.” This new approach enables you to see obstacles as opportunities, inspire others to share your vision, and ultimately bring more ideas to fruition.

Filled with surprising research, examples from her Stanford classroom, and stories from around the world—Silicon Valley to San Quentin State Prison, rural Pakistan to the North Pole—Insight Out offers essential and unexpected strategies that will help bring even the slightest flicker of an idea to life. Equally useful for students, educators, entrepreneurs, and would-be innovators in all fields, this is an essential road map for anyone who wants to get ideas out of their head and into the world.

Product Details
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: HarperOne (May 26, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062301276
ISBN-13: 978-0062301277
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

If you want to take your life to the next level, this book gives you the framework to look at life as one big opportunity.
By Joan L. Jakel on August 2, 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase

This book has caused me to look at life and all of its challenges as amazing opportunities waiting for me to address them. Seelig’s approach to using imagination, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship is a guidepost for entrepreneurs, students and anyone wanting to look at life in an innovative way to get the very most of out life. I’ve recommended it to everyone, from students, to dreamers to entrepreneurs. One of the best books I’ve read this year, along with her other book What I Wish I Knew When I Was Twenty.

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