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The Creative Thinker's Toolkit | [The Great Courses, Gerard Puccio]

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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.


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

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    Daniel Wright Phoenix, Arizona 02-03-15
    Daniel Wright Phoenix, Arizona 02-03-15
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    Would you listen to The Creative Thinker's Toolkit again? Why?

    Yes i would. There was a lot of good material covered in making creativity a strategic habit and not just something you stumble upon in this book, so much that i feel it would be beneficial to let the concepts set in then revisit.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The repetition and explanation. To most this is the thing they dislike the most but for me the repetition seems to drive home the concepts and their importance in the process. The examples giving with repetition i feel is more for the subconscious mind and only aids in helping the reader get the most out of the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    His explanation of the fundamentals strengths of creative people i found most memorable. Everyone is strong in one of these it seems and he points out that you should use the tools to aid you in the areas your not strong in to compliment the strength.


    What did you learn from The Creative Thinker's Toolkit that you would use in your daily life?

    I've been reading Creativity books for a while and i would say i learned that you can develop your creativity with enough effort. Like most books, they point out that with enough work you can be good at anything. Well this books aids the business minded individuals with tools to use in developing techniques to become more creative. I love how the Professors primary focus is to keep you thinking Laterally instead of vertically which is something i would use in my daily life.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a good book. I can see why most would disapprove of the format of the lectures and even the delivery of examples. Only thing i can say in addition is that remember this is just one of the many approaches to creativity. I wouldn't discount it because of the presentation of the content but the quality of the content in relationship to your goals.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    E. LEWISBURG, TN, United States 02-16-15
    E. LEWISBURG, TN, United States 02-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting then Boring"

    I enjoyed the first 5 lectures and the mundaneness built, until I was bored. It began to sound like the same material.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Mcateer Moorpark, CA USA 03-19-14
    Greg Mcateer Moorpark, CA USA 03-19-14 Member Since 2014
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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.

    8 of 10 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

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Yucaipa, CA, United States 09-28-14
    Jennifer Yucaipa, CA, United States 09-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Really enjoyed it!"
    Where does The Creative Thinker's Toolkit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my top 25 and I've listened to hundreds.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the approach, structure, and content of this series of lectures and I've continued to think about and apply many of the lectures well after I've listened. Several times I stopped and took notes while listening. There were some odd pauses in the narration, but that's OK because the content was so great!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas E. Tudor Evans, GA 08-02-15
    Thomas E. Tudor Evans, GA 08-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great presenter and well developed material"

    Worth a thorough study and the content surely will change all into more creative problem solvers. Narrator is smoothly engaging and keeps the material lively and entertaining.

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    Amazon Customer 07-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great information, highly recommend"

    Great course, great material, well-researched, just listen to it on 1.5 speed to keep your sanity since the soaker pauses frequently during times that don't require it.

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    Justin 02-23-15
    Justin 02-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Solid practical information"

    Left me with a lot of big ideas. It was hard for me to get as much out of it due to listening mostly during my commute.

    1 of 2 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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    carlosweb10 Lima Peru 01-06-14
    carlosweb10 Lima Peru 01-06-14
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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 6 people found this review helpful
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    "Monotonous reading and American pron... oh dear"
    What did you like best about The Creative Thinker's Toolkit? What did you like least?

    I found the Prof's voice very samey ( if there is such a word.. ) The 'Bawston' accent maybe.. and also the pronunciation of creative as 'crative'.. I will persevere as I'm sure there is loads of great content.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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