If you want to be the best, focus on your most valuable asset: the power of your creative mind
As competition and the pace of change intensify, companies and individuals need to harness their creativity to stay ahead of the field. Under pressure, people often think they can't be creative; many more are convinced they are not creative at all because they have never been 'arty'. Creative genius Edward de Bono debunks these common notions in this remarkable book. He shows how creativity is a learnable skill - one that everyone can use to improve their performance. He then explains how you can unlock your own creativity to reap the personal and professional rewards it will bring. Learn how to:
be creative on demand with de Bono's step-by-step approach
add value to ideas and turn them into financial assets
boost creativity with the power of lateral thinking
break free from old ways of thinking with creative challenging
De Bono's term ``lateral thinking'' (the title of a previous book) refers to problem-solving by apparently illogical methods. In a fertile user's manual to the mind, de Bono, a prolific author and business consultant, tackles creative thought as a skill that can be taught, a systematic process of breaking free of old concepts and finding alternatives. In an informal, discursive style, he presents an arsenal of techniques for cultivating ideas and harvesting the usable onesto avoid mixed metaphor; also, harvest is late stage of agricultural process, so should come after `nurture' or `cultivation' . Rooted in his theory that creativity flows out of the way human perception works as a self-organizing information system, these techniques include random word generation, multiple focuses, ``provocations'' that provide a novel framework through which to look at things, and the ``six hats method'' encouraging cooperative exploration instead of adversarial thinking. His insights seem broadly applicable to business, education, law and other fields.