Cracking Creativity

The Secrets of Creative Genius

Cracking Creativity

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.

Cracking Creativity

The Secrets of Creative Genius

Cracking Creativity

From the bestselling author of Thinkertoys, this follow up brings innovative creative thinking techniques within reach, giving you the tools to tackle everyday challenges in new ways. Internationally renowned business creativity expert, Michael Michalko will show you how creative people think—and how to put their secrets to work for you in business and in your personal life. You don't have to be a genius to solve problems like one. Michalko researched and analyzed hundreds of history's greatest thinkers across disciplines—from Leonardo da Vinci to Pablo Picasso—to bring the best of their techniques together and to teach you how to apply them in your own life. Cracking Creativity is filled with exercises and anecdotes that will soon have you looking at problems and seeing many different solutions.

The Skinny on Creativity

Thinking Outside the Box

The Skinny on Creativity

The Skinny on Creativity - now with animation! No matter what you do, or where you are in life, the ability to think creatively is crucial for your survival and your success. The more you develop your skills at creative thinking, the more likely you will be able to master your environment. Creative thinkers are all around you. People who are juggling responsibilities and obligations, who are finding ways to get a lot done with minimal help, who are using their talents to maximum effect. Creative thinking is the skill you need to overcome whatever stands between you and what you want to accomplish. Creative thinkers will have an edge in the years ahead. Machines can perform analysis better than most humans. But machines can't imagine; machines can’t think creatively. To compete and prosper you need to enhance your abilities at creative thinking. So give us an hour of your time, and we will give you a better understanding creativity and an enhanced ability to think outside of the box.

Cracking the Creativity Code

Zoom in/Zoom out/Zoom in Framework for Creativity, Fun, and Success

Cracking the Creativity Code

Creativity is an acquired skill, one that improves with practice. Cracking the Creativity Code shows you how! This book provides a proven method for generating world-changing ideas. It empowers individuals who have given up on their innate creativity, who believe that they have lost their creative powers through years of disuse. In a light, entertaining style, the authors describe their unique, structured approach to creativity. To bring the reader closer to this lost art, the authors present a ‘Zoom in, Zoom out, Zoom in’ technique to make ‘creation’ more accessible to everyone. Reinvigorate your personal creativity machines—once turned on, it will generate an unending stream of novel ideas that can change the world.

Breakthrough Creativity

Achieving Top Performance Using the Eight Creative Talents

Breakthrough Creativity

Howard Gardner's classic book Multiple Intelligences exploded the myth that intelligence can be measured along a single dimension. Now Lynne Levesque shows that creativity, like intelligences, exists in a variety of forms, and demonstrates that high-performance organizations need to make use of creativity in all its dimensions. It takes more than just "thinking outside the box" to build a flexible, adaptive organization that will survive competitive battles, grow and prosper, and provide the environment that attracts and keeps the best talent. On the basis of her research in personality, innovation and creativity, as well as her experience helping top executives achieve their full potential, Levesque describes eight distinct creative talents. People of each talent have a unique way of looking at challenges, collecting data and generating creative solutions. Breakthrough Creativity describes in individual chapters how each talent works, how each contributes to the creative process and how each can improve decision making, team building and strategic planning and thinking. Breakthrough Creativity brings to life the stories and rich experiences of working individuals around the world to help readers discover their own creative talents and use them to further their professional and personal lives.

Encyclopedia of Creativity

Encyclopedia of Creativity

The first edition of the successful Encyclopedia of Creativity served to establish the study of creativity is a field in itself. Now completely updated and revised in its second edition, coverage encompasses the definition of creativity, the development and expression of creativity across the lifespan, the environmental conditions that encourage or discourage creativity, creativity within specific disciplines like music, dance, film, art, literature, etc., the relationship of creativity and mental health, intelligence, and learning styles, and the process of being creative. This reference also appeals to a lay audience with articles specifically on the application of creativity to business settings. Available online via ScienceDirect and in limited print release. Named a 2012 Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association's Choice publication Serves as a compendium of reviews of a number of domain-specific areas, such as acting, dance, expressive arts, film, food, music, religion, science, sports, theater, and writing. Creativity and education are examined in articles about thought processes, such as developmental trends in creative abilities and potentials, the enhancement of creativity, intelligence, knowledge, play, prodigies, programs and courses, talent and teaching creativity. Cognitive aspects of creativity can be investigated in articles about altered and transitional states, analogies, attention, cognitive style, divergent thinking, flow and optimal experience, metacognition, metaphors, problem-finding, problem-solving, and remote associates. Covers business and organizational creativity in articles about advertising with art, creative visuals, business/management, creativity coaching, creativity exercises, entrepreneurship, group dynamics, innovation, leadership, organizational culture, organizational development, teams, and training, among others. Explicitly examines the complex interrelationship between society and creativity in articles about awards, conformity and conventionality, the creative sector and class of society, cultural diversity, the dark side of creativity, East vs. West, networking, social psychology, war, zeitgeist, and others. Personal and interpersonal creativity is discussed in articles relating to collaboration, family, life stages, mentors, networking, personal creativity and self-actualization. Focuses on scientific information about creativity, there are also articles that discuss brain and neuropsychology, concepts of creativity, definitions of creativity, expertise, longitudinal studies, researching art, artists and art audiences, research methods, phenomenology research and qualitative research. Online version contains an additional 26 biographies of famously creative people

The Innovative Thinking Bible

Cracking the Creativity Code

The Innovative Thinking Bible

Black & white interior. These Innovative Thinking concepts are a must in today's competitive business climate. If you only maintain the status quo you will be left behind. Knowing the tools isn't enough. Remember, your competition has the same exact tools. You need new skills and a new mindset. Now, more than ever, it's important to focus on innovation and creativity to differentiate yourself from your competition. You will learn all the facets of collaboration and disruptive innovation for your business. Learn the process and strategies of innovation while cultivating the capability to openly create and innovate what will be essential to your success. You will gain the ability to leverage the diverse talents and expertise of your workforce, solving multi-faceted challenges across multiple disciplines. This book contains 100's of examples of innovation, which use disruptive thinking, 100's of innovative quotes from famous innovators, dozens of actual examples of creativity, which the biggest companies in the world use to create the most successful products in history. And, there are more than 40 brain exercises that will get that muscle in shape and have you thinking more creatively and innovatively than ever! Great for team building and corporate retreats.

Creative Thinkering

Putting Your Imagination to Work

Creative Thinkering

Shows readers how to liberate thinking and expand imagination by learning to synthesize dissimilar subjects, think paradoxically, and enlist the help of the subconscious mind.

Medici Effect

What You Can Learn from Elephants and Epidemics

Medici Effect

Why do so many world-changing insights come from people with little or no related experience? Charles Darwin was a geologist when he proposed the theory of evolution. And it was an astronomer who finally explained what happened to the dinosaurs. Frans Johansson’s The Medici Effect shows how breakthrough ideas most often occur when we bring concepts from one field into a new, unfamiliar territory, and offers examples how we can turn the ideas we discover into path-breaking innovations.

The Genesis Principle of Leadership

Claiming and Cultivating Your Created Capacity

The Genesis Principle of Leadership

It's time you knew the truth about leadership, and that is exactly what Richard Allen unveils in The Genesis Principle of Leadership. Through careful examination of original intent, Richard Allen silences the age-old argument of nature versus nurture. He concludes leaders are not born! Leaders are not made! Leaders are created-in God's image that is. The capacity for great leadership is an inherent, created aptitude within each of us. Not only did God equip us to lead, He also commands us to lead. The Genesis Principle of Leadership reminds us of our unique personhood, designed specifically for effective leadership and aids in reclaiming and cultivating this created capacity. Don't be fooled! You do have the right stuff for leadership! You can be the leader God has called you to be!