I’ve finished reading a book, and instead of writing another book review in my LinkedIn.com profile’s reading list widget, I thought I’d first copy my book reviews from there to my blog, starting with the reviews I wrote on three books on creativity and which I’ve referenced in in podcasts and blog posts.
Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques (2nd Edition), by Michael Michalko
Great book on specific creativity techniques, and there a lot of them here. I actually have the 1st edition, “A Handbook of Business Creativity”, which are what these comments are based on. The first edition does not have an index, but on Amazon I see the second edition does, which can be really helpful.
Michalko wrote another book, “Cracking Creativity, the Secrets of Creative Genius”, and there is a lot of overlap between the two books. I’ve always found getting at least two books on a subject is better than just one, even with overlap, and you would do well getting both of these books.
Cracking Creativity: The Secrets of Creative Genius, by Michael Michalko
Like his other book, Thinkertoys, this is a great book on specific creativity techniques, and, again, there many of them here. As I wrote for Thinkertoys, there is a lot of overlap between the two books, AND you would do well getting them both.
The Creative Spirit, by Daniel Goleman, Paul Kaufman, and Michael Ray
This book gives a good introduction to creativity. Apparently, there was a PBS Television Series on this, and this book is a “companion” to the series.
You won’t find much in the way of creativity techniques, but there’s some really good background information on creativity and tips on how to stimulate creativity in children and the workplace, and our own lives.