The full title of this book by Keith McManus is
Creative Thinking: 17 Tactics To Skyrocket Your Creativity & Success
In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a 4 Stars rating. This means it is Good to Very Good.
Here is my book review.
Packed with practical ways to improve your ability to think creatively
This short book is very easy to read and is packed with techniques you can use to improve your ability to think creatively.
Of course reading the book isn’t enough because you must practice these tactics.
This is where I felt the book fell down and lost it a star. I would have liked to see examples and stories of how the techniques are used.
For example, the first tactic is to pick two things at random and think about how they are connected.
The author could easily have given a couple of examples which encouraged you to think through the connections and then show how they themselves had built connections by stripping away layers and finding links.
For example I had more success connecting a CD and a fire than I did with the TV remote control and my wallet.
It felt a bit like a maths book giving you the theory but without any worked examples.
The book shifts from encouraging creative thinking to building a career based on your creativity. While connected, I feel these are two different topics. Because of this, I felt the book started strongly and trailed off.
I feel people need to be encouraged to move from passive reading to putting the ideas into action. It only takes a small step to get started and build confidence. Or seeing that it’s not as simple as you first thought and realising how deep you can go.
That said, I like the book a lot.
You can buy the book from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com
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