Book Club – Thinkertoys

27 Sep

Book Club was this week. We are reading “Thinkertoys” by Michael Michalko. It is a fabulous book, but much longer than I had anticipated when choosing it.

Thinkertoys by Michael Michalko

Thinkertoys by Michael Michalko

When we got together for book club, nobody had read the entire book yet. So we voted to carry this book over and do it next month again. That will give us more time to complete it, and for those of you who hadn’t read it yet, now you have more time to read it.

That being said – we had quite a lively discussion even though we had only read part of the book. So please plan on attending next month even if you haven’t read it yet. It will definitely inspire you and give you some new ideas.

The book says it is a handbook of creative-thinking techniques. Sounded good to me. However, it is definitely geared towards business. Which is great for me. I am always looking for new ideas for my business, and I know a lot of you are too. We discussed some of the ideas and decided that most of the techniques could also be adjusted slightly and used for our art. A way of getting out of our box and being more creative and adventurous. Just because an exercise is designed for business executives doesn’t mean it can’t be just as useful for artists! After all, it is a book specifically designed  for thinking outside of the box and learning how to be creative!

We are continuing to read this book for our next meeting and we agreed that we would take at least one (or more) of the exercises in the book and use it this month and then share what we did at the next meeting. You can do the same even if you are just reading along on-line and then you can share with us here on the blog. Fun fun fun!!!

Have fun with this!


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2 Responses to “Book Club – Thinkertoys”

  1. lynnk50 October 1, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    I’m glad you’re continuing this book for October! I didn’t finish it, either. I am finding it a challenge to relate the Thinkertoys to art, but it is interesting anyway. I like the idea of changing perspectives – changing the way I think about a process or challenge. From some of his examples, I do this intuitively, anyway. But it’s nice to understand it better. I have more comments on my blog –


    • Deb Prewitt October 1, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

      I agree that it is challenging to think about using these tools for art, but that is part of the fun!!!! Plus there are lots of things in the book that you could use for different parts of your life – not just for business.


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