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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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outstanding experience

exciting, innovative information that will inspire creativity in those prepared to embrace the process .

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  • D. Wri
  • 03-02-2015

Amazing Read.

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.

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  • Jennifer M
  • 28-09-2014

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!

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  • Patrick
  • 02-03-2014

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

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  • Christopher
  • 19-02-2017

Everyone in the world should listen to this

I learn something from every lecture. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. I gave this five stars because it is one of the best audio books I have had the pleasure of listening to you and I have tons of really good audiobooks. This is absolutely a must have

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  • Kathryn
  • 10-02-2016

Inspiring? Yes!

I really liked this and found it helpful. I would recommend to artists, but also to business leaders, team leaders and problem-solvers in general. A lot to consider and a lot to work with... Love his examples from the lives of real-life historical creatives. Very inspiring, all in all.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-07-2015

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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  • Greg Mcateer
  • 19-03-2014

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.

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  • Matt Baldwin, CA
  • 22-01-2017

Good tips

There are several helpful exercises, and this is definately a course that will be revisited.

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  • Eric Loden
  • 02-12-2016

I'm going to have to listen to this again

This title was filled with many great exercises and ideas it definitely got my creative juices flowing I'm going to have to listen to it again and again and make sure I get all the content

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  • Jack S. Hernandez
  • 08-12-2015

a compendium of creative optimism.

Quite possibly my favorite audible book. Dr. Puccio's love for distilling creativity and the mindset, skillset and toolset are very evident. Thank you professor Puccio!
J Hernandez
former ICSC student

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  • Simonk
  • 13-07-2017

Excellent

The book itself is a real idea generator. Worth 6 stars if I could give it.

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  • Sal Ersan
  • 23-08-2018

Another great TTC Course

I've completed a number of TTC courses now. They're all good, but for me, some are great. This is one of the great ones. I think I'm generally creative, but this taught me some new tools and good ideas of ways to be creative in a more methodical way. There were plenty of examples to illustrate the point, and only once or twice did I need to refer to the PDF companion to understand what the professor was talking about. My only criticisms were that the parts on evaluation/implementation were disappointing. I'm someone who struggles to make decisions and gets overloaded, and I wasn't satisfied with the evaluation tools we were given here (they seemed to be: list the criteria, prioritise the criteria, compare your solutions against them, evaluate, and there you go: make your decision). All in all, another fantastic listen.

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  • Demetri
  • 06-02-2017

Great Course - very wide range of applications

This is a fantastic course. Very good advice which applies across all aspects of life. Strongly recommend

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-01-2017

Wonder Audiobook

Second time listening, actually studied the material with notes, it's a great course filled with wonderful creative techniques.

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  • Judith Cresswell
  • 15-08-2015

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.

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