The tenth book on your punch list is The Firefly Effect, sharing how to build teams that engage in creativity and achieve results.


The Firefly Effect is your go-to guide for sparking creativity in your team to tackle tough business challenges. The author compares this creative process to catching fireflies on a summer night and offers practical advice on how to do it. She emphasizes the importance of teamwork and defines the Firefly Effect as the key to igniting your team’s creative spark, leading to innovation and real results. It’s a must-read for anyone looking to boost their team’s creative potential.


The book’s key principles can be boiled down to these points:

Individual Creativity: It all starts with people tapping into their unique creative abilities and using them within the organization. Everyone has a role to play in making the team successful.

Leadership: Effective leaders lead by example, inspiring their team members to do their best work. They foster a culture of innovation and collaboration, being role models rather than dictators.

Teamwork: Teams should focus on solving important business challenges and opportunities together, leaving personal differences aside. The goal should be clear, and everyone should give their best.

Organizational Impact: When a united team achieves great results, it can drive organizational change and instill a one-team mindset throughout the company.

The book offers practical tools and techniques that have proven successful in nurturing creativity within teams.


The book offers valuable insights for:

Navigating Creativity Droughts: Learning to break through creative dry spells and discover fresh problem-solving approaches.

Overcoming Inhibiting Leadership: Dealing with leadership that hampers creativity and innovation.

Team Synergy for Impact: Coordinating team efforts to attain powerful and impressive results.

The Firefly Effect isn’t just about getting great business results; it’s also about creating a workplace where your team loves what they do and feels a strong bond with their work. When you use it the right way, The Firefly Effect can turn your team into creative collaborators.


It’s all about understanding the power of each person’s input, having a great leader, and working together as a team—all of which add up to the organization’s success. With the book, you’ll be on your way to creating a culture of creativity within your team. 

For More Information:

Kimberly Douglas, SPHR, is a nationally recognized expert in building the effectiveness of teams, based on her knowledge of industrial/organizational psychology combined with her real-life consulting and corporate human resources executive experience. As president of FireFly Facilitation, she has collaborated with hundreds of leaders—at organizations such as AT&T, Cisco, United Way, and even the U.S. Marine Corps—to dramatically improve their business performance. She is frequently featured in national publications and is a sought-after speaker at meetings and conferences. For more, visit

Modern Contractor Solutions, October 2023
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