The Do-It-Yourself Lobotomy: Open Your Mind to Greater Creative Thinking / Edition 1

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New ideas drive business. Creative marketing ideas! Breakthrough advertising ideas! Revolutionary customer service ideas! In all corners of industry in today's blisteringly fast-paced global economy, every dominant company owes its success to ideas generated by nimble minds. Do you and the people you work with generate an abundance of innovative ideas whenever you need them? You will now.

The Do-It-Yourself Lobotomy isn't brain surgery. It's a surprisingly simple tool kit of easy-to-learn techniques that let you open up your mind, grease the skids of innovation, and mine fresh ideas from the bottomless well of your own imagination.

Creativity coach par excellence Tom Monahan shows you how to tap into your imagination with handy tools like 100 MPH Thinking(TM), 180° Thinking(TM), Intergalactic Thinking(TM), and Ask a Better Question(TM). He's used these mental implements to help more than 100,000 people break free from traditional thinking and painlessly produce sparklingly novel ideas.

Already boosting creativity at hundreds of companies, including Virgin Atlantic, Hasbro, Frito-Lay, Dunkin' Donuts, Capital One, and Benjamin Moore, The Do-It-Yourself Lobotomy shows you how to develop your great ideas, recognize and reject bad ideas when you get them (and you will), sell your daring ideas, and get the people around you to start producing ideas of their own.

Let your creativity out of the closet and start generating vibrant new ideas for new products and services, product names, advertising, promotions, business operations-whatever you need. The Do-It-Yourself Lobotomy doesn't hurt a bit, and the success you'll achieve feels even better.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471417422
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/20/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 262
  • Sales rank: 702,668
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

TOM MONAHAN, cofounder and former creative director of award-winning advertising agency Leonard/Monahan, is now President and Head Creativity Coach of Before and After, Inc., a leader in the field of applied creativity in business. His clients include AT&T, VIACOM, ABC Sports, The Wall Street Journal, McDonald's, Texas Instruments, Sears, and many others. Monahan is also a regular contributor to Communication Arts magazine. For more information please visit

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Table of Contents



How This Book Works.

The Rewards of a Great Idea.

The Consequences of a Bad Idea.

1. The First Real Chapter (Finally!).


2. Creativity = Problem Solving.

3. Change Your Thinking about Change.

4. Creativity versus Talent.


5. Ask a Better Question.

6. Ask the Question Early.

7. 100 MPH Thinking: Thinking at the Speed of Enlightenment.

8. 180¯o Thinking: A Tnereffid Way to Ideate.

9. Intergalactic Thinking.

10. Collaborate with Genius.

11. Conceptual Solitaire.

12. How to Put These Tools to Work.


13. Aids to Creativity.

14. Accidental Genius.

15. Stop Making Sense.

16. Redefining the Acceptable Range.

17. Selling Creative Ideas Requires Its Own Creativity.

18. Mind Farming.

19. Storming the Brain.

20. The Five Greatest Barriers to Creativity.

21. The Real Bibliography.

22. Proceed with Passion.





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