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Thinkertoys : A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques

By (author) Michael Michalko

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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 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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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 203.2 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 762.02g
  • 31 Jul 2006
  • TEN SPEED PRESS
  • Berkeley CA
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1580087736
  • 9781580087735
  • 9,817

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Michael Michalko is one of the most highly acclaimed creativity experts in the world. As an officer in the U.S. Army, he organized a team of NATO intelligence specialists and international academics in Frankfurt, Germany, to research, collect, and categorize all known inventive-thinking methods. His team applied these methods to various NATO military, political, and economic problems and produced a variety of breakthrough ideas and creative solutions to new and old problems. After leaving military service, he was contracted by the CIA to facilitate think tanks using his creative-thinking techniques. He specializes in providing creativity workshops, seminars, and think tanks for clients who range from individuals to Fortune 500 companies.

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Shows you how to expand your imagination. "--Newsweek" A special find. Period. "--Executive Edge" A must-have book in any business setting. "--Women in Business""

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A book that successfully unravels creativity

This book explains dozens of creative-thinking techniques, each one with many examples of how it was used to create novel products, processes or even marketing campaigns. It does this in a detailed fashion that makes the reader understand exactly how he can use these techniques to improve his family, his friends and his business life. I highly recommend it!show more
by João Carrapa

A must for creative thinkers

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.show more
by Nathanael Boehm