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Rethink the Way You Think   In hindsight, every great idea seems obvious. But how can you be the person who comes up with those ideas? In this revised and expanded edition of his groundbreaking Thinkertoys, creativity expert Michael Michalko reveals life-changing tools that will help you think like a genius. From the linear to the intuitive, this comprehensive handbook detai Rethink the Way You Think   In hindsight, every great idea seems obvious. But how can you be the person who comes up with those ideas? In this revised and expanded edition of his groundbreaking Thinkertoys, creativity expert Michael Michalko reveals life-changing tools that will help you think like a genius. From the linear to the intuitive, this comprehensive handbook details ingenious creative-thinking techniques for approaching problems in unconventional ways. Through fun and thought-provoking exercises, you’ll learn how to create original ideas that will improve your personal life and your business life. Michalko’s techniques show you how to look at the same information as everyone else and see something different.   With hundreds of hints, tricks, tips, tales, and puzzles, Thinkertoys will open your mind to a world of innovative solutions to everyday and not-so-everyday problems.


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Rethink the Way You Think   In hindsight, every great idea seems obvious. But how can you be the person who comes up with those ideas? In this revised and expanded edition of his groundbreaking Thinkertoys, creativity expert Michael Michalko reveals life-changing tools that will help you think like a genius. From the linear to the intuitive, this comprehensive handbook detai Rethink the Way You Think   In hindsight, every great idea seems obvious. But how can you be the person who comes up with those ideas? In this revised and expanded edition of his groundbreaking Thinkertoys, creativity expert Michael Michalko reveals life-changing tools that will help you think like a genius. From the linear to the intuitive, this comprehensive handbook details ingenious creative-thinking techniques for approaching problems in unconventional ways. Through fun and thought-provoking exercises, you’ll learn how to create original ideas that will improve your personal life and your business life. Michalko’s techniques show you how to look at the same information as everyone else and see something different.   With hundreds of hints, tricks, tips, tales, and puzzles, Thinkertoys will open your mind to a world of innovative solutions to everyday and not-so-everyday problems.

30 review for Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gary Dale

    Do you need any new ideas for practical designs? How about when something is wrong with your business and you cannot put your finger on it? Did you ever need to brainstorm but not have anyone else around? Have you ever been stuck with writer’s block and for the life of you could not get back to work? In other words, have you ever been stuck with any mental problem that you felt that you cannot solve? If this is the case I think you should have a look at Michael Michalko’s latest book, Thinkertoy Do you need any new ideas for practical designs? How about when something is wrong with your business and you cannot put your finger on it? Did you ever need to brainstorm but not have anyone else around? Have you ever been stuck with writer’s block and for the life of you could not get back to work? In other words, have you ever been stuck with any mental problem that you felt that you cannot solve? If this is the case I think you should have a look at Michael Michalko’s latest book, Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques. Thinkertoys is a great play on words – anyone who grew up in the United States playing with Tinker Toys would not have a hard time remembering the name of this book. But beyond the title, Michael Michalko has done better than a yeoman’s job of cataloguing tried and true techniques and exercises that work individually and for groups. Not a left brained person you say? You don’t need to be. Not a right brained person? Again, you don’t need to be. These tools that Michael Michalko provides puts you in a position that the outcome will be the product of great creative thinking as long as you actually do the thinker work that goes along with the exercise. The entire book pushes the reader to think outside of his or her comfort zone when solving problems, creating ideas, etc. Some of these tools I have already been working on and implementing myself. Let me give you an example… In addition to my other work I recently have become a monthly columnist with a magazine where I give advice based upon my knowledge and experience. But to be a columnist is very difficult in a way because you have to remain fresh – the material much be both focused and new every issue. Many regular columnists (and bloggers) use different methods to do this. For instance, Jack Welch actually goes on Twitter and asks followers to send him interesting questions or problems. As such I turned to Michalko’s book and found an exercise that really helped to generate ideas for the column. (If you want to know specifically which tool this was contact me through my website and I will give a full explanation). Because of this tool though I not only found enough ideas, but rather more than enough ideas. I have now written several columns in advance for the magazine and am pretty much finished with the entire year’s work. This is the kind of result you can get from sitting down and working with Thinkertoys – I can personally attest! Also, Michael Michalko has a related product called Thinkpak: A Brainstorming Card Deck. I went out to my local bookstore and bought this card set. It is a great companion to Thinkertoys because each card is directly related to a principle or tool in Thinkertoys. So I carry this card deck with me now along with a list of issues I need to resolve when I travel. Sometimes I pull this book or these cards out because I have work to do and sometimes I do it because, dammit, it is just a good workout for the old noggin!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Liza Fireman

    This book is great. It can help people with knowing that they have the opportunity to be creative, even when sometimes it looks like not everyone has it. And it gives a framework and ideas of how to make it happen, actually so many different ways that I'm quite sure that each person can find something in there worth trying. The author suggests many ways for intuitive thinkers (with really cool names) from Chilling Out (relaxation), Stone Soup (fantasy questions) to Rattlesnakes and Roses (analogi This book is great. It can help people with knowing that they have the opportunity to be creative, even when sometimes it looks like not everyone has it. And it gives a framework and ideas of how to make it happen, actually so many different ways that I'm quite sure that each person can find something in there worth trying. The author suggests many ways for intuitive thinkers (with really cool names) from Chilling Out (relaxation), Stone Soup (fantasy questions) to Rattlesnakes and Roses (analogies). And also offers help and insights on more common ideas such as Brainstorming. Maybe the best thing about it is it's being so thorough and comprehensive. I really liked this small story that gives a bit of insights on human nature: You can catch a monkey by burying a narrow-mouthed jar of nuts in the ground. A monkey comes along, puts his paw into the jar, and grabs a handful of nuts. But the mouth of the jar is too narrow to let him withdraw his clenched fist. The monkey is unwilling to let go of the nuts and so is trapped. You too can be trapped by not letting go—of your beliefs, opinions, worries, and anxieties. But the book is full of examples and stories that make it fun and interesting. The book is also applicable to any domain and not limited to just specific areas. I really did like that he emphasized how important it is to keep the problem in focus. The problem is visible and, thus, will be on the minds of all interested people. It sounds very straightforward, but working in Tech companies, I saw that many times the problem is not actually a real one, sometimes people find solutions to a not-top-priority problem just because this solution is possible. I also loved that he reminds and specifies requirements and advice for brainstorming, maybe they are supposed to be going without saying, but they are not: avoid making negative or judgmental statements about ideas, such as: It’s against all our combined logic. It can’t be done. Someone must have already tried it. You’re on the wrong track. The market is not ready yet. Not enough return on investment These are supposed to be intuitive ideas to us, but many people actually forget about them, and maybe especially Invite people from diverse areas. I also liked that he shows actual ideas as examples, such as: Combining “bagel” with “slicer” became a bagel slicer with plastic sides designed to hold the bagel and prevent rotation when slicing. “Bathtub” and “hammock” combined to make a baby tub. It’s a simple hammock in the tub with a headrest to hold the baby’s head securely, leaving the parent’s hands free to do the washing. “Suntan lotion” and “insect repellent” combined to form a lotion that protects against both the sun and insects. “Coffeemaker” and “sculpture” combined to form a coffeemaker with a top that resembles a sculpture of the top of the volcano Mount Vesuvius. When the coffee is done, the top glows red. “Doormat” and “vacuum cleaner” combined to form a doormat with built-in suction. When you step on the doormat, the doormat sucks the dirt and debris from the bottom of your shoes. “Cell phone” and “soda can” inspired the idea of utilizing cell phones as devices that, with sensors, would enable users to dispense soda and other products from vending machines with the expense charged back to the vendor via the carrier. Really great book, 4+ stars. And let's remind everyone that creativity is inside all of us. We just need to encourage it to get out to the world, and stop criticizing our ideas to the point of suppressing this skill.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lana Krumwiede

    This book intrigued me, as I'm always interested in ways to amp up creativity. I was happy to find that, in my own peculiar ways, I already practice many (though not all) of the methods mentioned in this book. I can't recall anyone teaching me these methods, they are just little habits that I picked up here and there in the course of learning how to write fiction. I'm amazed to learn that some of my creative methods, which I always thought of as rather quirky, are for real. What does that mean? This book intrigued me, as I'm always interested in ways to amp up creativity. I was happy to find that, in my own peculiar ways, I already practice many (though not all) of the methods mentioned in this book. I can't recall anyone teaching me these methods, they are just little habits that I picked up here and there in the course of learning how to write fiction. I'm amazed to learn that some of my creative methods, which I always thought of as rather quirky, are for real. What does that mean? That some creative methods are commonplace? That people who are more self aware than I am have been able to document and develop these practices? That I should have written about them before someone else did? Not sure what to think. I just know what works for me. I was more interested in the methods than in the "intuitive" practices mentioned the book. To me, "try this method" is more helpful than "work on developing this attribute." Maybe that's just me. Other things I liked about this book: It seems to be applicable to many different contexts. It includes many different approaches, which seems to honor the idea that people have strengths and weaknesses. The examples and stories are interesting. Admittedly, I have not read very widely in the realm of creative methods, so I can't speak to how ground-breaking this book is. All I can say is that I found this book to be practical, enjoyable, and engaging.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nguyên ngộ ngộ

    Great book. If you want to create ideas like a chicken creates eggs, read one A lot of powerful and simple tools based on science help us generate ideas to solve any problem. Something new, something old and one of the best ways I have learned is "fulcrum". easy to understand and apply it - Write down our challenges or problems - Choosing any "fulcrum" to leverage ideas - List things relevant to "fulcrum" - Connect or link the challenges or problems with things we listed one by one Done! Thick book, take t Great book. If you want to create ideas like a chicken creates eggs, read one A lot of powerful and simple tools based on science help us generate ideas to solve any problem. Something new, something old and one of the best ways I have learned is "fulcrum". easy to understand and apply it - Write down our challenges or problems - Choosing any "fulcrum" to leverage ideas - List things relevant to "fulcrum" - Connect or link the challenges or problems with things we listed one by one Done! Thick book, take time, but it's worth to read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Devika

    The book is slightly repetitive, with a few obvious concepts and examples. So why bother giving it a five star review? It is incredibly comprehensive, and probably the best self-help book I've ever read. Michalko doesn't only make you realise that you have creative potential through neat little optical illusions, but he also gives you a framework for harnessing that creativity. The best part about this book is how it helps you brainstorm by yourself. According to Michalko, creativity stems from The book is slightly repetitive, with a few obvious concepts and examples. So why bother giving it a five star review? It is incredibly comprehensive, and probably the best self-help book I've ever read. Michalko doesn't only make you realise that you have creative potential through neat little optical illusions, but he also gives you a framework for harnessing that creativity. The best part about this book is how it helps you brainstorm by yourself. According to Michalko, creativity stems from tactical manipulation of ideas and intuitive capabilities. He then discusses different techniques for both of these categories, along with elaborating on effective group brainstorming techniques. This book will only be appreciated if read slowly, while trying out a few techniques time and again (more to gain if you combine the techniques at times). And this is definitely something you can gain more from by rereading. In fact I've now created an idea drawer, where I've put little folded notes with the names of his suggested techniques. I like to shuffle these notes and surprise myself with which technique to use rather than being more intentional (isn't that what creativity is about? :D) Michalko makes you realise that perception drives the reality, and I'd recommend you suspend all judgment till you really try out a few techniques and see what they can do for you. Happy reading!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Don Gubler

    It started out okay with what for me was a review of methods I had previously been exposed to and I hoped to get something new out of it. But, he just kept rehashing the same things in more and more convoluted ways and the whole thing devolved into something so tedious and boring that I am surprised that I endured to the end. And, when did Lao Tzu become the guru of business strategy? It is going to take a while to get the bad taste out of my head. Virtually worthless. Tell your boss how wonderf It started out okay with what for me was a review of methods I had previously been exposed to and I hoped to get something new out of it. But, he just kept rehashing the same things in more and more convoluted ways and the whole thing devolved into something so tedious and boring that I am surprised that I endured to the end. And, when did Lao Tzu become the guru of business strategy? It is going to take a while to get the bad taste out of my head. Virtually worthless. Tell your boss how wonderful it is and get her out of your hair for a few days.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mansi Kabra

    Reading this book was like having a good playtime after long. Growing up we all played a bunch of games - board games, videogames, outdoor games, indoor games, games that required pencil and paper, and games that required nothing but memory and perhaps a sense of humor. Each game helped build tangible & intangible skills. By forcing you to play again, Thinkertoys adds to that repository the skill to think differently, something adults lose at convenience. At first, the activities described may s Reading this book was like having a good playtime after long. Growing up we all played a bunch of games - board games, videogames, outdoor games, indoor games, games that required pencil and paper, and games that required nothing but memory and perhaps a sense of humor. Each game helped build tangible & intangible skills. By forcing you to play again, Thinkertoys adds to that repository the skill to think differently, something adults lose at convenience. At first, the activities described may seem didactic and "too kiddish" but when you find the right moment to apply it, fun begins. This book made me bend my mind and stretch those muscles and find creative ways to introspect, problem-solve, and at times simply ideate. Do read! It's a bedside book to be kept handy, cheers.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tony

    Disappointing rehash of stuff that's been around for years. One suggestion is to consult one's "spirit guides" who will provide creative inspirations. Weak attempt by the author to spice it up with hackneyed optical illusions and worse still quotes from the art of war. I really wouldn't waste time and money with this awful book. Disappointing rehash of stuff that's been around for years. One suggestion is to consult one's "spirit guides" who will provide creative inspirations. Weak attempt by the author to spice it up with hackneyed optical illusions and worse still quotes from the art of war. I really wouldn't waste time and money with this awful book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kursad Albayraktaroglu

    One of my favorite books by far - so much that I keep a physical copy everywhere I work. This classic book on creativity has a bunch of proven, useful techniques to come up with new ideas and solutions easily. It should be recommended reading for every university student.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Derek Neighbors

    This book gives more practical brainstorming ideas than you will know what to do with. Be prepared to do mental exercises to get the most out of this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rita Vo

    4,5* to be fair. Tons of useful "toys" to play when you need ideas or problem-solving solutions. 4,5* to be fair. Tons of useful "toys" to play when you need ideas or problem-solving solutions.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Frederik Knudsen

    Really a very, very good book. Definitely a must-read for those who strive to continuously challenge and improve their thinking. There are some parts in the middle of the book which are not very relevant, but the beginning 150 pages and the last 100 pages are fantastic, especially the final chapter on experiences and interpretation.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Akar

    I definitely recommend this book. It is full of how to's for any kind of problem you might have. However, it does a very a good job to make one understand the "why" in a very subtle way by using lots of analogies and stories. It is quite easy to read and apply. So, I definitely suggest trying to apply what you've just read even though you have nothing specific to solve. If that's the case choose any of the biggest problems the world has in common. Who knows? Maybe you'll come up with a great sol I definitely recommend this book. It is full of how to's for any kind of problem you might have. However, it does a very a good job to make one understand the "why" in a very subtle way by using lots of analogies and stories. It is quite easy to read and apply. So, I definitely suggest trying to apply what you've just read even though you have nothing specific to solve. If that's the case choose any of the biggest problems the world has in common. Who knows? Maybe you'll come up with a great solution. If that sounds too far fetching to you then you really have to read this book. A very shallow summary Creativity, as is everything, depends on your perception; of yourself, of things happening and of the world. If you believe and act like you're creative and use the tools with a faith in the process then you'll be creative. Just do it. It is all you need. Rest will follow. Trust in the process. It's not about the quality but the quantity. Produce as many ideas as you can. Don't care about them being smart even related. Writing is gold. Always write. Keep pen and paper cloee to yourself at all times. Otherwise you'll forget. Divide and conquer your problems. Pick the most important parts. Don't attack the whole if it's too big. Be relaxed and positive. Friendly sarcasm helps to f friends can take it, knows why and can contribute. Consistency is unimportant. Change your mind if you're convinced. Sleep on it if you're stuck. Mind still works to solve problems while you're asleep. And in ways you never can achieve while awake. Analogies help a lot. Try hard. Push it. It's all about perception. If you can't change something then change how you look at it. That it can even be yourself.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shelly Victoria

    This book is a gem. You would think that this guide would give typical, abstract advice about how to write down ideas in your journal and talk with others about your issues to gain insight. However, this book does more than just that. The authors provide you an enormous list of ideas, real-life examples, exercises, and explanations about their applications. In the end, it's up to you which one you think is the most useful for your situation. Basically, Thinker Toys are highly useful for whenever This book is a gem. You would think that this guide would give typical, abstract advice about how to write down ideas in your journal and talk with others about your issues to gain insight. However, this book does more than just that. The authors provide you an enormous list of ideas, real-life examples, exercises, and explanations about their applications. In the end, it's up to you which one you think is the most useful for your situation. Basically, Thinker Toys are highly useful for whenever you're stuck in a rut, and don't know how to come up with an innovative solution to a business problem (or heck, any problem for that matter). Even the creative thinking ideas in the book are themselves creative (e.g. cherry split, etc.). I can see myself using them very often in the near future, both in school AND in my future profession as a user experience designer.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Algirdas Raščius

    This book provides a collection of techniques for improving creative thinking. Doubtlessly most provided techniques can be helpful, and I will refer back to the book when I need an inspiration for an idea. However when reading book form cover to cover I found style of book somehow dull and provided examples simplistic. Book is clearly meant for business readers as most of the examples on generating ideas are from sales, marketing and management. I personally would prefer more engineering-oriented This book provides a collection of techniques for improving creative thinking. Doubtlessly most provided techniques can be helpful, and I will refer back to the book when I need an inspiration for an idea. However when reading book form cover to cover I found style of book somehow dull and provided examples simplistic. Book is clearly meant for business readers as most of the examples on generating ideas are from sales, marketing and management. I personally would prefer more engineering-oriented approach to creative thinking.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Akshata

    This reads like a very entertaining textbook on creative thinking techniques. Tt is comforting that creative thinking can indeed be "acquired" if one is not born with an aptitude for it, and the meat of the book lies in actually putting these to practice. It is designed well that one does not need to read it front to back. I had great fun skipping from one method of thinking to the next, and since I read it at a time when I had no avenues to practice it, I now know where to come back for tips wh This reads like a very entertaining textbook on creative thinking techniques. Tt is comforting that creative thinking can indeed be "acquired" if one is not born with an aptitude for it, and the meat of the book lies in actually putting these to practice. It is designed well that one does not need to read it front to back. I had great fun skipping from one method of thinking to the next, and since I read it at a time when I had no avenues to practice it, I now know where to come back for tips when I need them :)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nathanael Coyne

    Whilst the techniques in this book aren't all original (the Lotus, the CIA's Phoenix etc), they've all been collated and presented in a very interesting and useful way. If you haven't learned creative and visual thinking before this book will absolutely blow you away and change your approach to work and life. You will never utter the word "impossible" again. I also recommend the companion Thinkpak deck of cards based on the SCAMPER technique. Whilst the techniques in this book aren't all original (the Lotus, the CIA's Phoenix etc), they've all been collated and presented in a very interesting and useful way. If you haven't learned creative and visual thinking before this book will absolutely blow you away and change your approach to work and life. You will never utter the word "impossible" again. I also recommend the companion Thinkpak deck of cards based on the SCAMPER technique.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Henry

    Read the first 56 pages, got the joke. Exactly what it says on the tin (techniques, not theory). Nothing I couldn't easily dredge up on the internet. Gives a verbal explanation of combinatorial creativity rather than a technical explanation. May be useful for those that want a lot of techniques in the same place, and a loose mnemonic to hang them on. Otherwise, lacking...creativity in exploring the topic of creativity. Read the first 56 pages, got the joke. Exactly what it says on the tin (techniques, not theory). Nothing I couldn't easily dredge up on the internet. Gives a verbal explanation of combinatorial creativity rather than a technical explanation. May be useful for those that want a lot of techniques in the same place, and a loose mnemonic to hang them on. Otherwise, lacking...creativity in exploring the topic of creativity.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Femmy

    I edited a lot of (translated) books about creativity, learning, and education early in my career as an editor at Kaifa, but I think Thinkertoys is one of the best of them all. The book is well-structured, the idea-generating techniques it presents are highly practical, each one clearly illustrated with real examples from the real world.

  20. 5 out of 5

    rst5678

    Tips for stimulating new ideas. Comprehensive.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Leonkap

    one cannot help but become unstuck , for bot left and right brainers

  22. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    Creativity is a way of thinking that can be learned. The notion of this hasn’t exactly been my best asset, and I’ve never really understood why. I’ve haven’t been supported by people that understood it in a way that helps me understand how to challenge me in ways that led to more fundamental creativity. I came to Michael Michalko‘s 'Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques' as a means to approach this idea directly. The best thing that 'Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Creativity is a way of thinking that can be learned. The notion of this hasn’t exactly been my best asset, and I’ve never really understood why. I’ve haven’t been supported by people that understood it in a way that helps me understand how to challenge me in ways that led to more fundamental creativity. I came to Michael Michalko‘s 'Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques' as a means to approach this idea directly. The best thing that 'Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques' gives you, in fact gave me, was a framework with ideas for how to approach situations from perspectives that are within my reach. For example, an approach the book advocates is the technique of Cherry Split, which is demonstrated well with an example by online publishing platform Medium, located at medium.com. The process calls for iteratively splitting the challenge into smaller attributes until you have enough points to think productively. Working through each attribute one at a time, think of ways to change and improve them into ways that can become something worth pursuing. The notion of identifying a marketing segment that can be marketed as sports for young athletes and children, the idea was to create a children’s magazine for exactly that market. Not only is there a new market for a new product, young athletes theoretically will later subscribe to the adult version of the magazine as they age out of the children’s content. This notion, if it works, would place a cherry with whip cream on top of the shake of this technique. 'Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques' by Michael Michalko offers this among many other productive techniques to help people become more productive thinkers with similar yet tens of ideas that highlight different ways to execute on problems creatively. I found the many sparks illuminating, and look forward to the fruit of the approaches that are parts of my toolkit now that I have come across this book. I rate 'Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques' by Michael Michalko at 4.00-stars on a scale of one-to-five.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vikrama Dhiman

    This is an excellent but uneven book. Some chapters flow and are immediately actionable. Some are deep and you need to re-read. It provides you with techniques, structure and processes to think creatively. Unlike most other books where the emphasis is on the story to bring out a technique, this one dives deep into several techniques and mentions how schools, intelligence agencies, city governments, schools and businesses benefits from these Thinker Toys. The unassuming nature of the book where qu This is an excellent but uneven book. Some chapters flow and are immediately actionable. Some are deep and you need to re-read. It provides you with techniques, structure and processes to think creatively. Unlike most other books where the emphasis is on the story to bring out a technique, this one dives deep into several techniques and mentions how schools, intelligence agencies, city governments, schools and businesses benefits from these Thinker Toys. The unassuming nature of the book where quotes of wisdom are sprinkled through as ordinary sentences is spectacular. It is almost as if the author knows his book is worth most sentences in gold, so, he doesn't have to worry about crisper edits or narrative meandering. A spectacular book - collectors edition. Going to go into re-read to assimilate the ideas better this year. The first and third sections were the most beneficial to me. The quotes that stayed with me: "If you act like an idea person, you will become one. It is the intention and going through the motions of being creative that counts." "Quantity breeds quality. A ship should not ride out to sea with a single anchor, nor should you attempt to solve a challenge with a single idea. The more ideas you come up with, the more likely you are to arrive at the best solution." "In creative genius, there is a tolerance for unpredictable and playful avenues of thought." "Your theory about the world is deduced from your interpretations and beliefs. That theory then determines what you observe in the world." "It’s impossible to be creative if you are negative. Most people presume that our attitudes affect our behavior, and this is true. But it’s also true that our behavior determines our attitudes. You can pretend or act your way into a new attitude. We choose to be positive or to be negative."

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda Sue

    This is an absolute must read if you're an out of the box person, an innovator, or want to be innovator. The book has over 40 different techniques on how to go about the process of thinking creatively. Lots of great examples are included as you read through the methods. But, you must put theory into practice and see how it all works. I'll try and give you a few tips but the book is exhaustive and I recommend you take thorough notes and do the exercises if you can. The idea is to think differentl This is an absolute must read if you're an out of the box person, an innovator, or want to be innovator. The book has over 40 different techniques on how to go about the process of thinking creatively. Lots of great examples are included as you read through the methods. But, you must put theory into practice and see how it all works. I'll try and give you a few tips but the book is exhaustive and I recommend you take thorough notes and do the exercises if you can. The idea is to think differently. You state your challenge or problem and then each thinkertoy will take you in a different direction to come up with new ideas. For example, use SCAMPER-substitute something, combine it with something else, adapt something to it, modify or magnify it, put it to some other use, eliminate something, reverse or rearrange it. There are other techniques such as using an idea box, an idea grid, a lotus blossom, always ask questions, use free association, use famous quotations, visualize things instead of talking about them, talk to folks outside your field, be a better listener, meditate, develop your intuition, use graphic ideation, brainstorm, find the essence. These are only some of the things described in the book and it is a basic overview, far from exhaustive. If you're in a business, organization, or other endeavor that is looking for creative ways to solve problems or come up with the latest and greatest new contraption or technology, this book will help you get there. I can't say enough about it. The book is rather lengthy and you will need to keep your notebook close by. I've already recommended this to a bunch of folks who are in large and small companies that are always looking for innovative ideas. This should be required reading for everyone who wants to kick up their game!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hatlogo

    I decide to bought this book since my definition of "creative" change. Back then (when I was a student) I thought it's some fabulous stuff that artist-type people do, create something that no one understand, and doesn't really have anything to do for me (as a future accountant) anyway. But after some years of work life, it change completely. Creative is something much more essential, and it attach closely to productivity. With the same resource, in order to replace that outdated working process, I decide to bought this book since my definition of "creative" change. Back then (when I was a student) I thought it's some fabulous stuff that artist-type people do, create something that no one understand, and doesn't really have anything to do for me (as a future accountant) anyway. But after some years of work life, it change completely. Creative is something much more essential, and it attach closely to productivity. With the same resource, in order to replace that outdated working process, extract data from that database faster, calculate those number more accurately, or evade tax reduce cost of production, you must change the way you think. Forget what you had been taught, think from different perspectives, change the question, find another way, come up with new idea. And that what I now call "creative". If you agree with me, then you will like this book. Very practical, very detailed, not some "just close your eyes and idea will pop up from nowhere like a bulb" (actually that 1 of those tricks, but you know what I mean). A lot of tricks, and then a lot more of tricks, on how to think. You probably won't need all that now, but doesn't matter. Now you know about it, you can always come back for reference later, should the situation require. I give 4 stars because the examples on the book are heavily base on business idea, how to sell more, how to advertise better, how to come up with new product. So it doesn't interest me. But maybe you will.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kalyan Tirunahari

    Its a fun read. Creative minds have always been questioners. We can inculcate some of that creativity by being curious. Questions as simple as Why do fish seem to move effortlessly in water and Birds seem to work harder to fly, isn't the resistance of water is supposed to be much more than air ? What if we had just one big hand with 10 fingers than two with 5 fingers. Tons of Tools for sharpening Creative thinking. Need to put them to regular use. Like trying SCAMPER methods. Substitute, Combine, Ad Its a fun read. Creative minds have always been questioners. We can inculcate some of that creativity by being curious. Questions as simple as Why do fish seem to move effortlessly in water and Birds seem to work harder to fly, isn't the resistance of water is supposed to be much more than air ? What if we had just one big hand with 10 fingers than two with 5 fingers. Tons of Tools for sharpening Creative thinking. Need to put them to regular use. Like trying SCAMPER methods. Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Modify, Put to use, Eliminate and Reverse techniques to an existing problem. Break down the idea into smaller chunks and try to apply each of the above solutions to the components of a solution to arrive at completely new Business process. Taking down regular ideas as they come in an IdeaPad or setting a goal of at least 3 ideas per week. Meditation, Relaxation techniques. Story Boarding, Brain Bubbles, Analogies etc with fun puzzles.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Despite all the quarantining, I don't have a lot of time to write a review, but let's just say this book was better than I thought it would be and I plan to keep it as a reference for a long time to come. It is chock full of ideas. Granted, some of them are better than others, but many of them are very, very good. And, all things considered, we may need some new ways of solving problems in the days and weeks ahead. This book just may help you arrive at some. If that wasn't enough to entice you to Despite all the quarantining, I don't have a lot of time to write a review, but let's just say this book was better than I thought it would be and I plan to keep it as a reference for a long time to come. It is chock full of ideas. Granted, some of them are better than others, but many of them are very, very good. And, all things considered, we may need some new ways of solving problems in the days and weeks ahead. This book just may help you arrive at some. If that wasn't enough to entice you to read this, each chapter is headed with a quote from Sun Tzu and the author's credentials are pretty impressive, too. (Not Sun Tzu impressive, but nonetheless, you should find them interesting.)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    In my head I think of this as one of my favourite books - I first read it in 1993 - but I suspect that I was more enthused about it than I actually used it. It makes you work - if you’re prepared to do so. That’s the question, of course – it’s too easy to rush through it (and similar books like A Whack on the Side of the Head, agree with everything that’s being said, and not actually do anything about it. It tends to throw idea after idea at you for you to try, and seems to have an endless fund In my head I think of this as one of my favourite books - I first read it in 1993 - but I suspect that I was more enthused about it than I actually used it. It makes you work - if you’re prepared to do so. That’s the question, of course – it’s too easy to rush through it (and similar books like A Whack on the Side of the Head, agree with everything that’s being said, and not actually do anything about it. It tends to throw idea after idea at you for you to try, and seems to have an endless fund of possibilities.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melanna

    3.5 stars rounded up to 4. I think this is a great resource to come up with creative ideas. But I felt like it started getting repetitive halfway through. Also I listened to the audiobook which, if not from the library (mine was), comes with a bonus PDF to see all his visuals (there are tons!). Except many people who listen to audiobooks do so because of visual challenges. I feel like he could have used his own problem solving skills to come up with a different alternative for print than...print 3.5 stars rounded up to 4. I think this is a great resource to come up with creative ideas. But I felt like it started getting repetitive halfway through. Also I listened to the audiobook which, if not from the library (mine was), comes with a bonus PDF to see all his visuals (there are tons!). Except many people who listen to audiobooks do so because of visual challenges. I feel like he could have used his own problem solving skills to come up with a different alternative for print than...print.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Justin Blount

    This book offers dozens of approaches to brainstorming, creative thinking, and ideation, geared toward business, art, critical thinking, and any other thought endeavor. The approaches range from the simple to the complex, the well-known to to obscure, solo or in a group. There are ideas sourced from dozens of creative thinkers including Salvador Dali, Albert Einstein, and Walt Disney.There is something for everyone and it can easily beef up your arsenal for advanced creativity, enhancing any cri This book offers dozens of approaches to brainstorming, creative thinking, and ideation, geared toward business, art, critical thinking, and any other thought endeavor. The approaches range from the simple to the complex, the well-known to to obscure, solo or in a group. There are ideas sourced from dozens of creative thinkers including Salvador Dali, Albert Einstein, and Walt Disney.There is something for everyone and it can easily beef up your arsenal for advanced creativity, enhancing any critical thinker.

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