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Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques


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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.


A guide designed to encourage creative thinking in business offers techniques, hints, and tricks for generating ideas and offers dozens of success stories.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents


Preface to the New Edition xi

The Barking Cat (Introduction) xvii

initiation 1

Chapter One: Original Spin 3

Chapter Two: Mind Pumping 11

Chapter Three: Challenges 22

Chapter Four: Thinkertoys 35

Part One: Linear Thinkertoys 41

Group A

Chapter Five: False Faces (reversal) 43

Chapter Six: Slice and Dice (attribute listing) 53

Chapter Seven: Cherry Split (fractionation) 60

Chapter Eight: Think Bubbles (mind mapping) 66

Chapter Nine: SCAMPER (questions) 72

Group B

Chapter Ten: Tug-of-War (force-field analysis) 111

Chapter Eleven: Idea Box (morphological analysis) 117

Chapter Twelve: Idea Grid (FCB grid) 126

Chapter Thirteen: Lotus Blossom (diagramming) 132

Chapter Fourteen: Phoenix (questions) 137

Chapter Fifteen: The great Transpacific Airline and Storm Door Company (matrix) 144

Chapter Sixteen: Future Fruit (future scenarios) 150

Group C

Chapter Seventeen: Brutethink (random stimulation) 157

Chapter Eighteen: Hall of Fame (forced connection) 170

Chapter Nineteen: Circle of Opportunity (forced connection) 179

Chapter Twenty: Ideatoons (pattern language) 184

Chapter Twenty-One: Clever Trevor (talk to a stranger) 190

Part Two: Intuitive Thinkertoys 199

Chapter Twenty-Two: Chilling Out (relaxation) 203

Chapter Twenty-Three: Blue Roses (intuition) 210

Chapter Twenty-Four: The Three B’s (incubation) 218

Chapter Twenty-Five: rattlesnakes and Roses (analogies) 223

Chapter Twenty-Six: Stone Soup (fantasy questions) 239

Chapter Twenty-Seven: True and False (janusian thinking) 248

Chapter Twenty-Eight: Dreamscape (dreams) 256

Chapter Twenty-Nine: Da Vinci’s Technique (drawing) 261

Chapter Thirty: Dali’s Technique (hypnogogic imagery) 268

Chapter Thirty-One: Not Kansas (imagery) 273

Chapter Thirty-Two: The Shadow (psychosynthesis) 281

Chapter Thirty-Three: The Book of the Dead (hieroglyphics) 287

Part Three: The Spirit of Koinonia 293

Chapter Thirty-Four: Warming Up 299

Chapter Thirty-Five: Brainstorming 311

Chapter Thirty-Six: Orthodox Brainstorming 323

Chapter Thirty-Seven: Raw Creativity 341

Part Four: Endtoys 363

Chapter Thirty-Eight: Murder Board 365

Chapter Thirty-Nine: You Are Not a Field of Grass 374

Index 381

About the Author 395

Product Details

A Handbook of Creative-thinking Techniques
Ten Speed Press
Michalko, Michael
Michael Michalko
Business & Economics : Decision Making & Problem Solving
Self-Help : Creativity
Business & Economics : Entrepreneurship
Decision Making & Problem Solving
Creative ability in business
Creative thinking
Management - General
Making & Problem Solving
Business-Personal Skills
Business Writing
SELF-HELP / Creativity
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