In Coaching the Creative Impulse, Thea Mikkelsen presents an accessible and engaging guide to understanding and utilizing creativity at work. This unique book will give professionals and creative individuals a set of tools to help tackle and understand more deeply the psychological obstacles that may arise when navigating their career path, allowing them to thrive in their roles and master their craft.

Based both in practice and in theory, Mikkelsen’s innovative approach is framed around Freud’s structural model of the superego, ego and id and Mikkelsen's decade worth of experience as a coach and leadership developer. She begins by clearly defining creativity and goes on to identify the psychological processes involved, considering the contribution of language, professional relationships, motivation and working as a group. Using case studies throughout, Mikkelsen also assesses the causes of creative blocks, the value of external feedback and the challenge of balancing experiences of success and failure. Featuring rewritings of real examples from her own work with professional creatives, this book provides a framework for managing inner conflicts and discovering a creative destiny.

This state-of-the-art guide will be essential reading for all people who want to use their creativity and their personality in their work, and those who coach, lead and manage them. It will be of great interest to anyone working in a creative, technological or innovation-led industry, to HR and L&D professionals and to coaches of all backgrounds.

chapter |8 pages


chapter Chapter 1|12 pages

What we talk about when we talk about creativity

chapter Chapter 2|18 pages

Creativity and the self

chapter Chapter 3|20 pages

The creative process

chapter Chapter 4|20 pages

Presenting creative work

chapter Chapter 5|16 pages

Creative groups

chapter Chapter 6|14 pages

Creativity and relationships

chapter Chapter 7|16 pages

Creative blocks

chapter Chapter 8|12 pages

Still the same, only more

chapter Chapter 9|2 pages