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Publisher's Summary

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 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.

Includes a PDF of Supplemental Graphics, Exercises, and Illustrations

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2017 Michael Michalko (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Shows you how to expand your imagination." (Newsweek)

"A special find. Period." (Executive Edge)

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  • albrty05
  • 23-01-20

PDF required

Not a good book if you are unable to stop and look at the PDF they mention every 5 minutes.

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  • bread
  • 01-07-19

just not for me

book just did not resonate with me. I listened for a while and tried to like it, but not

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  • Adam Dimmitt
  • 06-09-17

Wasted credit.

Dull. Repetitive. Obvious. Maybe worth listening to if you happen to be in solitary confinement and are allowed the choice between this or no human contact for several months. Anything less than 60 days and it'd probably be more psychologically beneficial to contemplate the short and long term consequences of the George W. Bush presidency.

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  • Chris
  • 16-12-19

this book feels decisive to me.

yes this book may help people be more creative but from almost the very opening, it has a thing like, 'your business attitude determines your creativity' (though I may be paraphrasing) and the way it uses 'your' feels like the reader doesn't have the space to think and must either accept his point of view or stop every five munites to decode. (well that's my understanding anyway)

in the end, I think there are much better books to use to develop your creativity.

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  • M. R. Cope
  • 14-03-19

Creative thinking manual

Very thought provoking book because it tells you how.
Goes through processes to generate ideas in a structured reproducible way. I really enjoyed the technique and then real world applications.