Why isn’t everyone creative? Why doesn’t education foster more ingenuity? Why is expertise often the enemy of innovation? Bestselling. Creative Thinkering: Putting Your Imagination to Work Bestselling creativity expert Michael Michalko shows that in every?eld of endeavor — from business. Why isn’t everyone creative? Why doesn’t education foster more ingenuity? Why is expertise often the enemy of innovation? Best-selling.
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Best-selling creativity expert Michael Michalko shows that in every field of endeavor, from business and science to government, the arts, and even day-to-day life — natural creativity is limited by the prejudices of logic and the structures of accepted categories and concepts. Through step-by-step exercises, illustrated strategies, and inspiring real-world examples he shows imaginatiob how to liberate their thinking and literally expand their imaginations by learning to synthesize dissimilar subjects, think tuinkering, and enlist the help of the subconscious mind.
He also reveals the attitudes and approaches diverse geniuses share — and anyone can emulate.
Creative Thinkering: Putting Your Imagination to Work
Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Creative Thinkeringplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Nov 25, Sue Smith rated it it was amazing Shelves: This has been the best book I’ve read in a while – for using your brain as a tool to yield the results you want. Easy to read, well written with lots of valid examples and things to try on your own plus a great resource list at the back on key words and other sources to check out.
It has some really excellent visual examples too – some I’ve seen before but lots of others I haven’t. It really is a great book to get you beyond the wall – whether it’s creativity or just in your life in general. It w This has been the best book I’ve read in a while – for using your brain as a tool to yield the results you want. It was interesting that he left the personal application at the end of the book because I don’t think he really wants you to focus primarily on that part – even though it’s still an important aspect to realize to attain your goals.
It’s more the idea that you can yield the results you want if you just look for them – especially outside the box. The personal side of it though is one of the more deciding factors – you have to believe in yourself and you have to make your own happiness There was some real gems of ideas in this book. Lots to think about Apr 15, Tami rated it really liked it. Doing so, is just a good way to get stuck. But what exactly is out of the box thinking?
Yes, we can easily stretch the boundaries of the box. However, often, the best thing to do is to look in a completely new direction. This is what Create Thinkering is about. Taking a problem and finding a completely new way to look at that problem. Perhaps the answer lies in a completely different field.
Maybe the answer will spontaneously happen when your attention is elsewhere. Sep 23, Ryan rated it it was ok. This book seemed to lose direction. The first half or so discussed how creativity is important and can’t be forced but tried to make the point with an odd collection of minor illusions.
Then instead of explaining how to be creative the last few chapters turned into a declaration for thinking positive.
The book just seemed disjointed to me and did not make it’s point very well. Jul 16, David Runyon rated it liked it. This book is annoying. Worthwhile mind hacks combined with trite e-mail-forward-worthy optical illusions blended with feel-good New Age pop philosophy creates a fluffy, feel-good, you-can-do-it self-help book that almost accidentally includes some good observations and techniques for creative thought.
Skim the book for those tips and pulp the rest- a grudging three stars. Feb 13, Rizi rated it really liked it. Some of the book was more repetitive than necessary, I felt.
But it calibrated my creative mind in a new way and I really liked the ending of the book. A worthwhile read for anyone who wants to expand their creative thinking. Michalko provides various examples to how to expand creative thinking or brainstorming. Moreover, he gives various historical figures such as Albert Einstein, Federick Smith Founder of FedExand many others, who utilized creative thinking when constructing brilliant concepts or ideas. This is a book that I will revisit from time to time.
To follow up with exercise to use for brainstorming would be his book: This literature provides expansive exercises that can be used in vario Mr. This literature provides expansive exercises that can be used in various settings for ideation. Dec 07, Irem rated it did not like it.
I am an illustrator and I thought that maybe this book can give me some creativity tips but it’s a total disappointment. It was good at the beginning but author started to repeating himself. I felt like, “i understood your idea, please stop giving more and more examples!
Jan 03, Meshal rated it really liked it. Makes you use forgotten sides of your mind. Jan 17, Craig rated it it was ok Shelves: Michalko starts by expanding on the technique of association for generating ideas and spends much of the book on variations of this theme.
This was the least useful portion of the book. Michalko does later present two ideas that I found extremely useful: Write a letter to your subconscious mind.
After mulling over the problem for a period of time, write an extremely detailed letter to Of the three Michael Michalko books I’ve read Thinkertoys and Cracking Creativitythis was the least useful. After mulling over the problem for a period of time, write an extremely detailed letter to your mind asking it to solve the problem for you. Then days or weeks later, open the letter and see what your mind has come up with.
Ten minutes of stream of consciousness writing each day. I think in pictures and bullet lists, so stream of consciousness writing is difficult for me. Michalko makes the statement to write down anything – bullet points, words, sentence fragments, diagrams – anything that captures what you are thinking. Do this for five days, and then on day six review what you wrote or drew on the previous days.
He states you will be surprised at the connections, insights and new ideas that will flood your mind. All in all, this is not a bad read, but I would recommend starting with Michalko’s other books as opposed to this one. Jan 23, Douglas rated it it was amazing Shelves: In today 19s world we are encouraged to be no different than the other, creating a life of boredom, monotony, and uncreative beings.
Look around and listen, everyone on television looks and sounds the same. Unfortunately it seems many try to become what they see in others. Our very society stifles any attempt to be different. I have long believed there is no longer one creative thought or idea left in this world.
Michael Michalko challenges us yourr stop being the object and start becoming the subj In today 19s world we are encouraged to be no different than the other, creating a life of boredom, monotony, and uncreative beings.
Michael Michalko challenges us to stop being the object and start becoming the subject of life, tapping into the natural creativeness of the human mind and spirit. Jul 17, Mavromou rated it it was amazing. Muy recomendable para aquellos que desean desarrollar su potencial creativo. It is one of the putging interesting books I read on personal creativity. I pleasantly discovered that the book has many examples of bisociation, but do not use this term to describe them.
Highly recommended for those who wish to develop their creative potential. Nov 14, Heather rated it liked it. Michalko has written a number of books on creativity and how to harness one’s inner creativity.
This book follows his 2nd edition of “Thinkertoys. There are two sections of the book: Creative Thinking, which discusses the brain’s ability to organize diverse, chaotic thought and recognize patterns and fusing ideas.
The second part, Creative Thinker, is Michalko has written a number of books on creativity and how to harness one’s inner creativity. The second part, Creative Thinker, is an investigation for the reader on how to be more creative, how to practice one’s creativity.
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Feb 05, Hugh Egener rated it liked it. I read this book to try to understand innovative thinking which would help me at work. I need to design creative eLearning projects. Basically innovative ideas come from combining a multitude of things, ideas or experiences.