All of these books sit on the bookshelf beside my computer desk. Most of them are constant references for me. I hope you enjoy them.
Aha! 10 Ways to Free Your Creative Spirit and Find Your Great Ideas
by Jordan Ayan
Gives you the confidence to listen to your own creative spirit. Based on the notion that creativity is a life skill that must be continually cultivated. Ten strategies for finding and harnessing inspiration.
Thinkertoysby Michael Michalko
Provides 30 meticulously outlined techniques, hundreds of hints, tricks, tips and true stories to turn you into a potent idea generator. Practical techniques for individuals, groups in meetings and in brainstorms.
Cracking Creativityby Michael Michalko
Superb companion to Thinkertoys. Examines the sources, secrets and methods of creativity. Packed with life-changing creative techniques that are easy to implement in the real world, with easy-to-follow steps that anyone can use to become more creative. Will change the way you think.
Thinkpak — A Brainstorming Card Deck
by Michael Michalko
56 idea-stimulating cards to help kickstart your idea generation, exploration and evaluation sessions. Simple brain-storming techniques in your hands. Definitely worth having in your arsenal.
A Whack on the Side of the Headby Roger von Oech
Whacks you out of traditional thought patterns and sets your creative self free. Illustrated, filled with provocative puzzles. Refreshes your outlook and starts you thinking in new, creative ways.
A Kick in the Seat of the Pants
by Roger von Oech
Defines the role of your inner Explorer, Artist, Judge and Warrior, and gives you practical ways of using them to generate ideas and solutions.
Creative Whack Pack
by Roger von Oech
Deck of cards putting into practice all of the ideas in the two books. My favourite creativity tool.
101 Ways to Generate Great Ideas
by Timothy R. V. Foster
Strategies and techniques to come up with good ideas to solve problems for yourself, your business and your clients. Great advice based on solid experience. Organised into categories so you can find the right technique for the right challenge.
What a Great Idea! by Charles “Chic” Thompson
One of my favourite creativity books. Key steps creative people take. Teaches you how to fight killer phrases, establish a creative environment, exploit idea-friendly times, nourish your vision, open an idea-bank, jump-start unproductive meetings, uncover new solutions, mobilise your creative forces. Buy this book today!
The Joy of Thinking Big — Becoming a Genius in No Time Flat
by Ernie J. Zelinski
Entertaining resource helps you tap into and profit from your hidden store of creativity. Encourages us to ruffle a few feathers, take some chances, and live large. Fun and simple methods for making every part of your life an opportunity to be creative.
Train Your Brain: The Ultimate 21 Day Mental Skills Programme for Peak Performanceby Harry Adler
Adler explains how you can achieve more with less effort, increase levels of inspiration and creativity, experience peak performance at will, take the hit-and-miss element out of personal achievement. Fascinating brain-training techniques.
Freeing Your Creativity: A Writer’s Guideby Marshall Cook
How to write more and better than you thought you could. Learn to be more frivolous, to “write fat”, knowing how to “revise lean” later. Ideas transfer from writing to other idea generation needs.
Six Thinking Hatsby Edward de Bono
The essential de Bono book. Describes his superb method for making full use of everyone’s intelligence, experience and information, removing ego from discussions. Buy this book. It works.
Pumping Ions: Games and Exercises to Flex Your Mind by Tom Wujec
The mind needs exercise to stay in shape. Fully-illustrated guide provides dozens of exercises to increase attention span, improve memory, enhance creativity, stretch imagination, build up powers of deduction and analysis, hone decision-making skills.
Lessons From the Art of Juggling: How to Achieve Your Full Potential in Business, Learning, and Lifeby Michael J. Gelb and Tony Buzan
Trains you in the art of relaxed concentration — the secret of high performance in business and life. Break mental/brain barriers and open up new pathways of perception. The process is more important than the outcome.