Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques

Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques

Michael Michalko / Sep 15, 2019

Thinkertoys A Handbook of Creative Thinking Techniques 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 Thinkertoy

  • Title: Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques
  • Author: Michael Michalko
  • ISBN: 9781580087735
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 detaiRethink 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.

    Thinkertoys A Handbook of Creative Thinking Techniques This new edition contains updated examples, three new Thinkertoys and an entirely new group brainstorming section with five new chapters Michael is also the author of Thinkpak A Brainstorming Card Set , which is a novel creative thinking tool that is designed to facilitate brainstorming sessions and Cracking Creativity The Secrets of Creative Geniuses which describes the common thinking Creative Thinking Michael Michalko unveils the secrets of creative genius and brings life changing creative techniques within everyone s reach His arsenal of powerful creative thinking tools can be used to tackle virtually any type of technical problem and to create new ideas. Best Sales Books Legendary Must Reads Update Career Development Comments Best Sales Books Elite Picks to Step Up Your Sales Game Update Fogg Method Some rare individuals can intuit a good solution at each step But you don t need to guess BJ has created reliable techniques for success In Step you can discover the right behaviors by using Fogg s Magic Wand technique, followed by Crispification and then Priority Mapping For Step you can use Fogg s four techniques to make behavior easier. About Michael Michalko is one of the most highly acclaimed creativity experts in the world and author of the best sellers Thinkertoys A Handbook of Business Creativity , ThinkPak A Brainstorming Card Deck , Cracking Creativity The Secrets Of Creative Genius , and Creative Thinkering Putting Your Imagination to Work As an officer in the United States Army, Michael organized a team of NATO Creative Problem Solving with SCAMPER Litemind S CAMPER is a technique you can use to spark your creativity and help you overcome any challenge you may be facing In essence, SCAMPER is a general purpose checklist with idea spurring questions which is both easy to use and surprisingly powerful It was created by Bob Eberle in the early s, and it definitely stood the test of time. Tips on How to Become More Creative The Creativity Post Michael Michalko Michael Michalko is one of the most highly acclaimed creativity experts in the world and author of the best sellers Thinkertoys A Handbook of Business Creativity , ThinkPak A Turn your Assumptions Upside Down The Creativity Post Michael Michalko Michael Michalko is one of the most highly acclaimed creativity experts in the world and author of the best sellers Thinkertoys A Handbook of Business Creativity , ThinkPak A SCAMPER TECHNIQUE PHF SCAMPER TECHNIQUE John W Moran, PhD Sonja Armbruster, and Annie Vosel, BSN, RN April Description The SCAMPER Technique is a process improvement tool to assist teams in improving existing processes or creating new ones The SCAMPER technique is an idea Ideation creative process External links Michalko, Michael Thinkertoys A Handbook of Creative Thinking Techniques Paperback ISBN Jonson, B Design Ideation the

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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, Michael 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 the methods to various NATO military, political, and social problems and produced a variety of breakthrough ideas and creative solutions to new and old problems Michael later applied these creative thinking techniques to problems in the corporate world with outstanding successes The companies he worked with were thrilled with the breakthrough results they achieved, and Michael has since been in the business of developing and teaching creative thinking workshops and seminars for corporate clients around the world.He is the author of the best seller THINKERTOYS A HANDBOOK OF CREATIVE THINKING TECHNIQUES.He is also the author of Thinkpak A Brainstorming Card Set , which is a novel creative thinking tool that is designed to facilitate brainstorming sessions, and Cracking Creativity The Secrets of Creative Geniuses which describes the common thinking strategies creative geniuses have used in the sciences, art, and industry throughout history and shows how we can apply them to become creative in our business and personal lives.


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    1. 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, Thinke [...]


    2. 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? [...]


    3. Great book.If you want to create ideas like a chicken creates eggs, read oneA lot of powerful and simple tools based on science help us generate ideas to solve any problem.Something new, something oldand 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 oneDone!Thick book, take t [...]


    4. Một trong những "TỪ ĐIỂN" dành riêng cho những người thích sáng tạo. Đọc xong thì cũng lơ lớ biết rằng, "Sáng tạo là cái pim pim gì? Theo khuynh hướng sáng tạo thì nó phê đến mức nào." Nhìn chung thì sáng tạo cũng dựa trên các concept như: + Chia để trị: chia nhỏ các thuộc tính và tập trung khai thác các thuộc tính đó. Thần sầu ở chỗ là sẽ cho các biến số, tách + gợp các thuộc tính để t [...]



    5. 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.



    6. 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 [...]


    7. Книга Майкла Микалко "Игры для разума" о развитии творческого и креативного мышления весьма хороша и богатая не только объяснениями как оно работает, но и как развивать и совершенствовать их. А ещё автор, можно сказать, до отказа наполнил её не множественными примерами, сов [...]


    8. 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 [...]


    9. 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 [...]


    10. 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 [...]


    11. 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.




    12. 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, [...]


    13. Thinkertoys is a recipe book for how to tap your creativity (you all have it, whether you realize it or not) and come up with some amazing ideas, both individually and in a group.My only regret is that I bought the audiobook, which means it's a little difficult to go back and randomly pick recipes. I might have to buy the hardcopy, too!


    14. I've read a number of books about creative-thinking. This one is easily the best of the bunch. Highly recommended.



    15. Still kind of reading this. I use it more as a reference. Lots of ideas of how to get out of a brain cramp. There are activities for right-brained and left-brained people. Everyone is creative.


    16. My intention to read this book was to understand how to go through the brainstorming process alone and overcome creative blocks. I personally felt that ideation was more conducive in teams. My suggestion when you read this book is to go read it with an open mind. A lot of times, we become complacent with our thought process, and maybe the little details could lead us to bigger, better ideas. Even while reading the book, I felt at times, that these things have already been formally taught to me a [...]


    17. كتاب "Toys Thinker" للكااتب الأمريكي Michael Michalko وابرز قصصة "The Tale of Five Monkeys" بيتكلم فيه عن سلوك في علم النفس اسمه التعرض الانتقائي او selective exposure ودا معناه تفضيل الشخص للمعلومات اللي اكتسبها اما عن طريق عادات وتقاليد وموروثات وكلها نوع من انواع البرمجه للعقل الباطن وبالطببعي يرفض تقبل [...]


    18. Ever come up with an idea that just made you shiver in giddy excitement? I'm talking "hair-on-the-back-of-the-neck" type "whoa!" thrill? Give the brainstorming methods of this magnificent gem a chance and I can assure you this will be a part of your life.I've been able to find a spattering of brainstorming methods on the internet. Heck, I even made a couple of my own. However, I was never really satisfied in that no single reference point occupied a dedicated space in my library. Nothing seemed [...]


    19. Luovuusekspertin thinkerointiin eli ajattelun kehittämiseen keskittyvä teos lähestyy aihetta monelta eri kantilta, esim. lineaarisia menetelmiä, intuitiivisia (thinkertoys), toisiksi viimeisessä luvussa päädytään antiikin Kreikan idealistisen Koinonian yhteisöllisyyden kautta päätökseen (end toys).Monet harjoitukset ovat sellaisenaan tai vähän muunneltuina soveltuvia kouluopetukseen eri vuositasoilla. Niillä voidaan kehittää aktiivista ja luovaa ajattelua ja laajentaa perspekti [...]


    20. I've actually started to enjoy this book after the first 300 pages, and the book itself is slightly over 400 in its Russian translation. First half of the book seemed quite boring, the repetitiveness of the examples the author gives and the inappropriate drawings were throwing me off most of the time. There's also quite a few factual mistakes, for example the author is trying to suggest that Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak actually used a graph matrix to predict the usage of the personal computers [...]


    21. This book was an incredible read! I don't think I've ever created so many novel ideas for one problem and seen things from so many different angles then after reading this book. The exercises, the stories, the examples all these things work to help the reader create some pretty impressive ideas and insights into challenges they face. No longer does one have to be predictable, attacking a problem in a linear textbook like way, with this book one can really implement some brilliant ideas! This boo [...]


    22. I borrowed this book so had to read through it quickly but I would strongly advise against people from doing it. Like the author says, you should read about each toy and spend time thinking through it and apply it in your life to generate ideas and spark up your creativity.This is a wonderful book on creativity and idea generation with detailed samples and ways to apply each thinkertoy. It truly questions your perception and help you see through your flaws and makes you reframe your mental model [...]


    23. Stuck in the same rut of thinking creatively? Working on a project with a team that can benefit from thinking out of the box? Want to up the ante on your own creativity? Then this book is for you! Kudos to Micheal Michalko for putting together this incredibly useful and practical book on creative thinking. Exercises inside the book are easy to implement and practical for helping you to solve problems or issues in creative ways. I have used this many times in presentations, group brainstorming or [...]


    24. This book has examples and ideas packed with practical user-friendly exercises.Thinker toys allows you to think in multiple ways.A very helpful book for students , scholars and Business person.If you have never read a book before on creative thinking, I would recommend Thinker toys as an excellent initiating point.


    25. Very complete catalogue of "ideation" techniques called "Thinkertoys". They includes left-brain oriented, (analytic/systematic), right-brain oriented (unconscious/dream-based) and collective techniques (brainstorming, brainwriting, etc.). It's not really a book to read from cover to cover, but a catalogue, to which we shall return when we want to use one. I like the very practical text, which includes the steps to follow for each thinkertoys in a separate panel. I recommend it those who think th [...]


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