Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques

By Michael Michalko
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.


EXCERPTS: Is Your Idea Crazy Enough? An Excerpt from Creative Thinkering

Posted September 28, 2011, 5:42 PM with category of Innovation & Creativity
IS YOUR IDEA CRAZY ENOUGH? An Excerpt from Creative Thinkering: Putting Your Imagination to Work by Michael Michalko The playful openness of creative geniuses is what allows them to explore unthinkable ideas. Once Wolfgang Pauli, the discoverer of electron spin, was presenting a new theory of elementary particles before a professional audience. Read more

NEWS & OPINION: The 100 Best Business Books of All Time: Updated & Expanded!

Posted September 2, 2011, 5:41 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
We're excited to announce an updated and expanded paperback version of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time available 11/1/11 from Portfolio. More content--expanded reviews of the Takeaway chapter books (including Thinkertoys, The First 90 Days, Beyond the Core, and The Lexus and the Olive Tree); new sidebars (including decision-making, visual thinking, and 1982, the watershed year for business books); and a new introduction and closing manifesto--means more for you to learn and enjoy. The perfect book for you to put on your Christmas list and read to inspire you for the new year! Read more

NEWS & OPINION: To Be or Not to Be...Creative

Posted August 31, 2011, 3:31 PM with category of Innovation & Creativity
A friend posted on Facebook a link to this article, with the somewhat obvious title, "People are biased against creative ideas, studies find," and it's contents have stuck with me all week. It comes from a website called PhysOrg which I've never heard of despite having a science geek for a husband. PhysOrg's mission as described on it's website is "to provide the most complete and comprehensive daily coverage of the full sweep of science, technology, and medicine news. Read more

NEWS & OPINION: Second Acts and our Paperback

Posted August 24, 2011, 8:41 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
With weary conviction, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote near the end of his life that "There are no second acts in American lives. " He gets picked on a lot for that, mostly because it's an easy and somewhat eloquent introduction to the many stories that get written about second acts in American life. Read more

NEWS & OPINION: Refocus for the New Year

Posted January 8, 2008, 3:15 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
Business author and speaker Jeffrey Gitomer had a great post in his recent newsletter about using books to get out of complacent routines. He says: "Read a book. I've just given away autographed copies of Thinkertoys, by Michael Michalko, to two of my employees who were looking to become more creative. Read more


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Publisher Ten Speed Press
Publish date 06/08/2006
Pages 394
ISBN-13 9781580087735
ISBN-10 1580087736
Language English

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