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The Creative Thinker's Toolkit | [The Great Courses]

The Creative Thinker's Toolkit

According to the latest scientific research, anyone can be creative. You just have to know how to think creatively, which involves taking a more imaginative approach to the challenges we all face. Learn how to wield the same research-based tools that today's creative people use and tap into your inner creative thinker with Professor Puccio's engaging 24-lecture series that takes you step-by-step through the creative-thinking process.
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Publisher's Summary

According to the latest scientific research, anyone can be creative. You just have to know how to think creatively, which involves taking a more imaginative approach to the challenges we all face. Learn how to wield the same research-based tools that today's creative people use and tap into your inner creative thinker with Professor Puccio's engaging 24-lecture series that takes you step-by-step through the creative-thinking process.

You'll get a solid introduction to the four major stages of creative problem solving, one of the most effective methods used in creativity training around the world. Just like today's creative geniuses, you'll learn how to approach professional and personal challenges by clarifying your obstacles, ideating potential solutions, developing the ones that are workable, and implementing them in the real world.

You'll also learn how to wield the tools of the creative trade with the aid of simple exercises, in-studio demonstrations, hypothetical scenarios, and more. These powerful tools include everything from tapping into the power of brainwriting (an alternative take on brainstorming) to the effective use of How-How diagrams (which help you develop concrete action steps).

Whether you want to overcome writer's block, solve a complex business problem, or figure out the best way to resolve a tense argument, this series will give you everything you need so that when other people are dodging challenges, you're uncovering the hidden opportunities they'll have missed.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©2014 The Great Courses (P)2014 The Teaching Company, LLC

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    Greg Mcateer Moorpark, CA USA 03-19-14
    Greg Mcateer Moorpark, CA USA 03-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting, definitely learned a few things"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Creative Thinker's Toolkit to be better than the print version?

    N/A


    Did Professor Gerard Puccio do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    This question does not really apply. However I would point out that the narrative was a little tough to listen to for long periods. It's 24 lectures and the narrative starts sounding like William Shatner is delivering it. The pauses and drawn out words were tough to take.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Overall good lectures. Very comprehensive. I think the delivery was the downside for me.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    carlosweb10 Lima Peru 01-06-14
    carlosweb10 Lima Peru 01-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A great formative book Well explained and narrated"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Creative Thinker's Toolkit to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I think so


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Creative Thinker's Toolkit?

    The concept of creativity the author analyses and provide into his perspective


    Have you listened to any of Professor Gerard Puccio’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. This is the first time


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    The concepts and the methodology to boost creativity in an individual and team work


    Any additional comments?

    It is a very informative and formative book

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Wetherill Park, Australia 03-02-14
    Patrick Wetherill Park, Australia 03-02-14 Member Since 2013

    I'm a web developer from Sydney, Australia who loves every opportunity to learn something new. Audible is perfect for this!

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    "Some fascinating stories but a tad repetitive?"
    Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Gerard Puccio?

    The Great Courses is a pretty neat series, however the clapping at the start and end of every chapter drives me nuts.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None in particular as it was a non-fiction rather than story book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked quite a few of the stories told in the audio book, he uses examples well and I think overall the chapters with examples and stories drew me in a lot more. They'd all be my favourite.


    Was The Creative Thinker's Toolkit worth the listening time?

    I felt it did drag on a bit but I did gain some useful insights into directing my creativity better.


    Any additional comments?

    Gotta say, Professor Gerard Puccio's voice sounded like I was listening to Vince Vaughn mixed with a bit of Barack Obama teach me about creativity :P

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Developer 06-22-14
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    "Interesting, but too repetitive"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The book inspires to create, it gives motivation to keep trying, to keep going.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't understand why lecturer repeated the same thoughts more than twice in his lectures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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