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on 11 July 2017
Great book!
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on 12 May 1996
The dozens and dozens of creative methods detailed in this book are new and excellent tools for any business person. And even for non-business types. Michael goes through ways to change your view of a problem, dozens of idea generating methods, sorting and weeding techniques, and group and individual methods. The number and quality of surprising, startling, practical, usable, and results-generating ideas was a shock. And despite the 335 pages, it is not over written, as many large books are. This is a tight, easy reading, tool chest for innovation. And this collection of "Thinkertoys" will be part of your intellectual and problem-solving arsenal for years. As long as there are problems to solve, fun to have, and profits to make (through customers to serve) this book will be a heavenly gift and asset to anyone who reads and uses it.
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on 15 July 1997
Here it is ... the bible of business creativity techniques. The author has throughly researched what's worked in the past and added many new exercises of his own to generate ideas in groups and individually. The content is very well organized, and each exercise is simply and completely communicated so you can put it to work immediately. If I were starting my creativity consultancy from scratch, this is one of the three books that I would use. Everything I would need to be successful from day one is right here. Thank you, Michael Michalko, for your contribution to the exciting new field of business innovation.
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on 15 April 1999
Do yourself a favor: buy this book for yourself, your friends, and your family. Then if you get the chance, go to one of Mr. Michalko's speaking engagements! You will be miles ahead of the pack in your creative thinking skills! Then go buy a puzzle book by Terry Stickels called "Mind-Bending Puzzles - Volume 2 [ with a forward by Michalko}... then you'll be on your way to being a guru in both creative and critical thinking skills!!!!
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on 24 May 2002
Thinkertoys expands your imaginative capacities with easy-to-use techniques you can employ
again-and-again in all your creative endeavors. A newer book well worth reading is Why Didn't I
Think of That? - Think the Unthinkable and Achieve Creative Greatness. These two books together
cover the full spectrum of useful creative thinking skills every serious thinker must possess. The
skills are learned, not inborn. The very best approach to fully developing the skills in yourself is to read about them and practice them with books such as Thinkertoys and Why Didn?t I Think of
That?
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on 25 January 1998
It's rare to find a truly practical book, full of exercises to stimulate creative thinking and problem solving. Having used this book to lead small groups in problem-solving, and brainstorm techniques, I can say with confidence the exercises are intriguing, fun and effective. A great book.
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on 24 May 2012
Personally I do not rate this book as highly as other reviewers. The first third of the book is quite interesting, but by the time I got half way I was beginning to wonder if the author was being paid by the word. By the end of the book I was certain he was paid by the kilogram, for the mission runs out of steam to become a gathering of mopped up bits and pieces plus any other sketchy thoughts that could be wrapped within the cover. Raw creativity becomes overcooked mush.
Nor do I like much the authors self-indulgent style which accounts for about 25% of the book weight. The book is twice the size it needs to be and as such quite boring - creative people seldom have enough time because thoughts are always going on, so even the luxury of reading inspirational books has to be carefully managed, which makes taking the time to read this book a little hard to justify. Had the author had taken the trouble to distil the content and messages it would have been better, punchier and SHORTER. My copy sits on my shelf taunting me over the amount of time I spent reading the tome. In the spirit of creative thinking I suggest readers cut the book in half: read the first half of the book and use the second half as a door jam or to keep a table level on an uneven surface.
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on 27 August 1998
Most of the books I have read on creativity either take a few methods and explain them to death or stay very abstract and aren't very useful. There are only a few really worthwhile ones and Thinkertoys is at the top of the list.
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on 17 June 1999
This is a one-of-a-kind resource for creative thinking in business. This book is timeless and you will constantly use it when you need new ideas or new ways to solve problems. I keep it right next to me on my desk and bought copies for all my employees and friends.
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on 31 January 2012
I haven't read extensively the book. It proved not what i was looking for. Anyway i will write a couple of words, the way i saw it.
I think the book should be called "Ideatoys" because it is about techniques to help someone create ideas about new products. It is probably intended to help business people.
It seems to me mostly like a collection of techniques, where you choose the ones that fit you mostly and apply it, so you can create a new product, or a process, invent something new etc. Probably you ll have to do some more work on them on your own. There are so many techniques, with examples and a nice presentation. I think its a reference book, to get you to know all these techniques, but they are not adequately represented. So you ll have to find the ones that suit you and get deeper to them by other resources.
I didn't notice a central structure. It doesn't take you from the hand and guide you throughout any process. The chapters aren't related to each other. There is not an evaluation of all these techniques to help you choose.
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