Thinkertoys

A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques

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Author: Michael Michalko

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 0307757900

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 416

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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 as 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.

Creative Thinking For Dummies

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Author: David Cox

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118381637

Category: Self-Help

Page: 384

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Creative thinking made easy Being creative can be tough - and trying to come up with greatideas under pressure can leave the great ideas under wraps!Creative Thinking For Dummies helps you apply creativethinking techniques to everything you touch, whether it's thatnovel you have inside you or the new business idea you've had thatwill make you the next hot entrepreneur ??? or anything inbetween. Creative Thinking For Dummies is a practical, hands-onguide packed with techniques and examples of different ways tothink creatively. It covers a range of techniques, includingbrainstorming, lateral thinking, mind mapping, synectics, drawingand doodling your way to great ideas, meditation and visualization,word and language games, and divergent thinking. See the world in a different way, and realise that you aresurrounded by creative inspiration Brainstorm new ideas successfully and try out some lateralthinking exercises Open your mind to a new way of thinking and nail down thosegreat ideas Discover creative thinking techniques using games, words,drawings, and storytelling Let creativity enhance all aspects of your life, whetherdeveloping your personal skills, becoming more professionallyeffective, or using creative thinking techniques to help yourchildren develop their creative minds You'll soon discover that everybody, including you, has a wealthof creative potential within—you just need to tap intoit!

Reading Writing Interfaces

From the Digital to the Bookbound

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Author: Lori Emerson

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 1452942196

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

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Lori Emerson examines how interfaces—from today’s multitouch devices to yesterday’s desktops, from typewriters to Emily Dickinson’s self-bound fascicle volumes—mediate between writer and text as well as between writer and reader. Following the threads of experimental writing from the present into the past, she shows how writers have long tested and transgressed technological boundaries. Reading the means of production as well as the creative works they produce, Emerson demonstrates that technologies are more than mere tools and that the interface is not a neutral border between writer and machine but is in fact a collaborative creative space. Reading Writing Interfaces begins with digital literature’s defiance of the alleged invisibility of ubiquitous computing and multitouch in the early twenty-first century and then looks back at the ideology of the user-friendly graphical user interface that emerged along with the Apple Macintosh computer of the 1980s. She considers poetic experiments with and against the strictures of the typewriter in the 1960s and 1970s and takes a fresh look at Emily Dickinson’s self-printing projects as a challenge to the coherence of the book. Through archival research, Emerson offers examples of how literary engagements with screen-based and print-based technologies have transformed reading and writing. She reveals the ways in which writers—from Emily Dickinson to Jason Nelson and Judd Morrissey—work with and against media interfaces to undermine the assumed transparency of conventional literary practice.

Supervision: Setting People Up for Success

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Author: Charlene Cassidy,Bob Kreitner

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0618862137

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 480

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Help future and current supervisors reach their full potential and inspire those working for them to achieve their best with Cassidy/Kreitner's SUPERVISION: SETTING PEOPLE UP FOR SUCCESS. This much-anticipated text from successful professional Cassidy and experienced author Kreitner emphasizes the skills that are most important for success in today's new economy, including exceptional communication and training skills as well as extraordinary people skills. The book provides a solid foundation in supervision basics, including planning, organizing, staffing, recruitment, decision-making, motivating employees, leading teams, handling conflicts, and much more. To support the book's underlying theme of setting employees up for success, each chapter emphasizes the most effective strategies and techniques for becoming a highly effective supervisor. Students gain a solid understanding of the vast responsibilities today's supervisors face and how to best approach these responsibilities, including the management of diverse and virtual teams. The text's clear presentation weaves engaging interviews, intriguing case studies, and extensive real-world examples throughout each chapter to demonstrate how supervisors can spend more time setting their employees up for success and less time controlling and disciplining. A unique skills-based Supervisor's Toolkit contains checklists, communication logs, self-assessment tools, and other critical supervision resources. Prepare your students to set people up for success as they achieve their personal best as effective supervisors in business today with Cassidy/Kreitner's unique SUPERVISION: SETTING PEOPLE UP FOR SUCCESS. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Cracking Creativity

The Secrets of Creative Genius

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Author: Michael Michalko

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 9780307790361

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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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 Macintosh reader

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Author: Doug Clapp

Publisher: Random House Electronic Pub

ISBN: 9780679742425

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 452

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Gathers articles about the history and development of the Macintosh computer, its major software applications, and directions for its future development

Robot Builder's Sourcebook

Over 2,500 Sources for Robot Parts

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Author: Gordon McComb

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780071406857

Category: Computers

Page: 711

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* A much-needed clearinghouse for information on amateur and educational robotics, containing over 2,500 listings of robot suppliers, including mail order and local area businesses * Contains resources for both common and hard-to-find parts and supplies * Features dozens of "sidebars" to clarify essential robotics technologies * Provides original articles on various robot-building topics

Thinkpak

A Brainstorming Card Deck

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Author: Michael Michalko

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 1607747057

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 64

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Looking for a unique invention, an untapped market for an existing product, or a new solution? Stretch and flex your mental muscles with Thinkpak, a creative-thinking tool designed by Michael Michalko, author of the groundbreaking book Thinkertoys. This deck of illustrated idea-stimulating cards distills Michalko’s proven methods, allowing you to view challenges in a new light. Shuffle, mix, and match the cards to spark fresh insights, then use the critical evaluation techniques to test, shape, and refine your original ideas into realistic creations. Filled with thought-provoking questions and examples of the techniques put to use, Thinkpak provides endless creative fuel to fire up the imagination.