Cracking Creativity: The Secrets of Creative Genius

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In this trailblazing book, internationally renowned business creativity expert Michael Michalko shows how creative people think—and how to put their secrets to work for you. To create this book, Michalko researched and analyzed hundreds of history's greatest thinkers—from Leonardo da Vinci to Pablo Picasso—and then brought their techniques into the modern home and workplace. The follow-up to the popular THINKERTOYS, which sold over 80,000 copies.
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Overview

In this trailblazing book, internationally renowned business creativity expert Michael Michalko shows how creative people think—and how to put their secrets to work for you. To create this book, Michalko researched and analyzed hundreds of history's greatest thinkers—from Leonardo da Vinci to Pablo Picasso—and then brought their techniques into the modern home and workplace. The follow-up to the popular THINKERTOYS, which sold over 80,000 copies.
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"Creative-thinking expert Michael Michalko offers a series of idea-inspiring resources and techniques. . . . CRACKING CREATIVITY is peppered with anecdotes and exercises to help push you to your creative limit." — How“Sometimes the craziest ideas are the most inspired. . . . "You don't have to score 1600 on the SATs or build your own computer to approach your craft with genius. . . .[this] book is filled with exercises that illustrate the benefits of looking at problems from different angles." — TheOrlando Sentinel"CRACKING CREATIVITY unveils the secrets of creative genius and brings life-changing creative techniques into everyone's reach. By comparing the thinking strategies of over 100 of history's most creative minds, the book shows readers how to approach problems with new vision and discover a world of innovative solutions to everyday challenges."—New Equipment Digest "CRACKING CREATIVITY delivers an arsenal of powerful creative thinking tools that can be used to tackle virtually any type of technical problem and create new ideas. The closest thing we have to a tactical instruction manual for thinking like a genius." —American Creativity Association
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580083119
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 207,892
  • Product dimensions: 7.26 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL MICHALKO is a leading creativity expert who specializes in leading creative thinking workshops, seminars on fostering creativity, and think tanks. His clients range from Fortune 500 corporations such as DuPont, Xerox, Kellogg's, General Electric, Kodak, Microsoft, Exxon, General Motors, Ford, AT&T, WalMart, and Hallmark to governmental agencies. As an officer in the U.S. Army, Michalko organized a team of NATO specialists and international academics in Frankfurt, Germany, to research, collect, and categorize all known inventive thinking methods. After leaving military service, he was contracted by the CIA to facilitate think tanks and brainstorming sessions. Michalko currently works with clients worldwide.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2009

    Fantastic

    I have profited so much from using the techniques in this book that it boggles my mind. It has changed my life and fortune. The business I started as a result of using the techniques has made me comfortable for life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2006

    Has Given Me the Confidence

    This book has changed the way I think about creativity. Understanding how these great people thought throughout history has inspired me to become creative in my own right. It confirmed what I always intuitively felt and now I have the confidence to create and achieve.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2004

    Spectacular Book

    The first book I purchased after reading Michael Michalko's 'Thinkertoys' was the author's 'Cracking Creativity.' And the first thing I discovered was that this book is not 'Thinkertoys' revisited. This book is both fresh and different. A series of nine interconnected strategies are proposed, each designed to parse the creative process. Then, in turn, each strategy is examined, actually deconstructed, to reveal its essential elements. The result is spectacular. Once again, Mr. Michalko offers a wonderful collection of visual and textual examples. The result is another fine book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2003

    Superb!!!

    This book has changed the way I look at the world and the way I think. I've gifted copies to all my friends and relatives.

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