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Nancy K. Napier
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Xin Chào (sin chow) / Hello! 

Distinguished Professor Emerita at Boise State University (USA), N.K. Napier has published widely on organizational creativity, innovation, and emerging economies over the years. 


Because life is not just research and teaching, Napier reached out to leaders and managers in other formats. She co-created and hosted her local NPR affiliate Idaho Business Matters, was a regular guest on KTVB Channel 7’s Noon News, wrote for Forbes Vietnam, and continues to write for blogs for and the Idaho Statesman. In the last few years, she has received two of Vietnam’s top honors for foreigners, the Medal of Honor, for contributing to the advancement of education in the country, and the Medal of Friendship for helping to build relationships between the U.S. and Vietnam.


After 35+ years in the academic and research world, N.K. Napier is embarking on something completely new: Fiction Writing, which offers her the joys and challenges of being a beginner again.

Nancy K Napier


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Việt Nam Books

The Bridge Generation of Việt Nam: Spanning Wartime to Boomtime

The Bridge Generation was born in northern Việt Nam between the early 1950s until just before 1975. This group's lives spanned three critical time periods in Vietnam’s recent history: from wartime, through a long period of food rationing, to the boom of a fast growing economy. Many are now among the top business, governmental, and educational leaders of the country.


What We See, Why We Worry, Why We Hope: Vietnam Going Forward

What we See, Why we Worry, Why we Hope: Việt Nam Going Forward explores key factors that affect Vietnam's ability to move forward as a global economic player. While we see challenges we see many reasons for hope, including a new generation of leaders.

Organizational Creativity & Innovational Books

Unfolding Curiosity: Wrinkles and Surprises from Business and Beyond

Unfolding Curiosity: Wrinkles and Surprises from Business and Beyond is a collection of quick reads that look at the “usual” with a slant. For relentlessly curious people, the idea that we can learn from fields far beyond their own disciplines is normal, to be expected.


LIVEculture: How Creative Leaders Grow The Cultures They Want

Many leaders undervalue the power of culture as a competitive advantage. Don’t make that mistake. In an easy to read, easy to understand format, LIVEculture offers tips from successful creative leaders on how they shaped, communicated, and grew the cultures they wanted for their organizations.


Wise Beyond Your Field

Do you want to boost your organization's performance? Outperform your peers? It may be as simple as looking outside your own field. Wise Beyond Your Field shows how creative leaders use ideas from far beyond their own fields to do things differently and outperform their peers. 


The Creative Discipline: Mastering The Art And Science Of Innovation

Why are some organizations more creative than others? What sets innovative, high-performing organizations apart? Can creativity and innovation be learned and enhanced? The answer to the last question, say creativity experts Nancy Napier and Mikael Nilsson, is a resounding yes.


Insight: Encouraging Aha! Moments for Organizational Success 

Insight: Encouraging Aha! Moments for Organizational Success helps individuals and organizations create the conditions that lay the groundwork for the distinct "Aha!" instances of insight―when connections between different pieces of information are revealed and ideas come together in ways that have never existed before.

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Fiction Books

The Painter

What happens when a naive curator from Vietnam discovers art crime that affects her own family and her country?


Nancy is a professor, inspiring speaker and author. 


As there are several topics with rich content that Nancy shares with audiences through a mix of fresh ideas and deep expertise, she merges energy and enthusiasm to empower and embolden any audience. 


If you are interested in learning more about how Nancy would be an ideal fit and inspiration for your audience, please reach out to us today.

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“I started dividing my to-do list into 1) things I have to do, 2) things I want to do, and 3) things other people want me to do. Life changing! I often don’t get to #3 and I finally realized…this is what it means to have boundaries.”
~ Jenee Desmond-Harris

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