Creative Thinking

Creativity Imagineer Michael Michalko

Michael MichalkoMichael Michalko is a highly-acclaimed creativity expert and author of the best-seller Thinkertoys (A Handbook of Business Creativity), and other books.

As an officer in the U.S. Army, he organized a team of NATO intelligence specialists and international academics in Frankfurt, Germany to research, collect, and categorize all known inventive-thinking methods. His team applied these methods to various NATO military, political, and social problems and produced a variety of breakthrough ideas and creative solutions to new and old problems. His duties included facilitating CIA think tanks using his creative-thinking techniques.

After leaving government service, Michael later applied these techniques to problems in the corporate world with outstanding successes. Michael now provides keynote speeches, workshops, and seminars on fostering creative thinking for clients who range from Fortune 500 corporations to associations and governmental agencies. In addition to his work in the U.S., Michael speaks and provides workshops in countries around the world.

Michael Michalko Interview

An exploration of Koinonia principles, abstraction techniques, Edison's Idea File, blossom brainstorming, and da Vinci's Idea Box.

12 Things Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking

A dozen new things you can learn right now.

101 Tips on How to Become More Creative

Effective strategies for using everyday resources to increase your creativity.

Charles Darwin and Creative Thinking

The creative genius will always look for alternative ways to think about a subject.

Dancing in the Rain (Frog/Horse Puzzle)

Is it a frog or a horse? Life is not about waiting for storms to pass, it's about learning how to dance in the rain.

The Creative Thinking Habit Da Vinci, Edison and Whitman Had in Common

And how to create your own idea collection system.

6 Creative Thinking Habits of Thomas Edison

The legendary career Edison illustrates how creativity can be cultivated by anyone, in any industry.

How the Creative Mind Works

The mind is like a universe.

Creating Your Destiny

Our own creativity is decided by what we choose to do or what we refuse to do. Thinkertoys preface.

Stuck? Take a Thought Walk

Problem-solve and stimulate creative thinking simply by getting your body involved.

Your Mind Was Once a Cathedral

How going to school changes that.

The Tale of 5 Monkeys

We don't question that with which we are most familiar.