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Posts under Books and Videos include recommended books and videos (among other resources) I use regularly, or that I recommend to students or readers of this blog. Feel free to use the Search bar to scan for relevant tags.

Is Linear Thinking Bad?

After attending my creativity workshop, a woman sent me an e-mail asking whether linear thinking was bad. I understand why she’d think so. A quick Google search on linear thinking
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The Two Most Important Questions for Brainstorms (What If? and Why Not?)

Recently I was riding between London City Airport and the Tower Hill station on the train. Bored (or tired), I picked up a French magazine someone had left on the
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The Four Agreements Applied to Business

Many people deservedly know Don Miguel Ruiz from his appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s television show to speak about his philosophy in his book The Four Agreements. I was introduced to
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Six Ways to Ruin a Brainstorm, by Paul Sloane

This post on the ways to ruin a brainstorm comes from Paul Sloane, author of The Leader’s Guide to Lateral Thinking Skills. They say brainstorms are old-fashioned and no longer
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Even More Definitions of Creativity

So many people responded to a previous post that I’m adding another post with even more definitions of creativity!  (Didn’t I say my original estimate was low?)  Enjoy! The ability to
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Characteristics of the Creative Individual

While searching for a book last night, I came across something more interesting: one of my favourite books on creativity, entitled Creative Thinking in the Decision and Management Sciences, by James
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Best Books on Creativity

As a member of the Outside the Box Thinkers group on LinkedIn, the moderator asked for suggestions to start a collection of the best books on creativity. Any list of
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Creative Churn

Without agreement on specific creative criteria, the r++epetitive ailment of creative churn sets in. For whatever reason, the brainstorm host or client dismisses the first set of ideas without explanation
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Group Brainstorming

The idea of generating ideas in a group setting is a relatively youthful concept, introduced in 1948 by Alex Osborn in his book, Your Creative Power, with further elaboration in 1953
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Levels of Problem Knowledge

In his book The Concept of a Problem, Gene Agre defines a problem as “The gap between the current state of affairs and the desired state of affairs.” In other
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Tao and Creativity

One of my guilty pleasures is reading in bed before turning out the lights.  Tonight, while re-reading a favourite book of mine – The Tao of Pooh, by Benjamin Hoff
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