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A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques

by Michael Michalko

      Creative thinking is not something that comes naturally to most of us.  Brainstorming and coming up with innovative solutions to problems may be easier with the help of Michael Michalko's Thinkertoys.

Michalko is a creativity expert with new ideas for approaching problems in unconventional ways.  This book is packed with thought-provoking exercises that will help you learn how to create original ideas that will improve your personal and business life.  Expanding your imagination can make you look like the genius you always knew you were.

We get in the habit of thinking in stereotypes... do you realize that you may not be seeing the whole picture?

I was amazed by the things I wasn’t seeing about everyday business applications.  When I started to apply the creative-thinking techniques contained in Thinkertoys, I began to look at problems in a new light, and to consider new solutions. The book is filled with little tricks to help you change your thinking patterns.

The book is divided into several different categories with group exercises.  Learn about free association, group brainstorming, how to really listen and many other techniques that can be applied to nearly any problem, business or personal, and that will help you get to the right solution in unique and unconventional ways. 

I know, I know... there hasn't really been a new idea for something like 2,000 years, but Michalko's methods are really worth trying out.

The Book

Ten Speed Press
May 15, 2006 (Second Edition)
Large Format Softcover
Nonfiction/Self Help
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The Reviewer

Beverly J. Rowe
Reviewed 2007
© 2006