What A Great Idea Paperback – Jan 2 1992
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"What a Great Idea! is an extremely valuable contribution to executive development. The application of Chic's ideas goes a long way in compensating for the reduction in resources experienced by private and public sector organizations. What a Great Idea! is a must read for all who have management responsibilities." -- Chong M. Pak, D.P.A., Director, Virginia Executive Institute
"Chic Thompson has crafted a creative process to move almost anything from what is to what could be." -- Rick Goings, President, Avon Products U.S.A.
"Chic Thompson is exciting! He brings out the creativity in all of us, but further, he shows how an organization's creativity can be multiplied beyond all expectation. Every ambitious team should use this book." -- Professor Thomas C. MacAvoy,Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia, and former President and COO, Corning Glass Works
"Chic has given us a workbook that makes the process of continuous improvement fun and understandable from the shop floor to the boardroom." -- Donald C. Borwhat, Jr., Senior Vice President Human Resources & Relations GE Fanuc Automation
About the Author
Charles "Chic" Thompson worked in new product development for W.L. Gore & Associates (Gore-Tex), Johnson & Johnson, and Walt Disney before starting Creative Management Group in Charlottesville, Virginia. He conducts seminars for such corporations as General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, and Philip Morris as well as for government agencies such as NASA, the FBI, and the CIA. Frequently featured in newspaper and magazine articles, he has also made numerous radio and television appearances.
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Although it is not ground-breaking, it has a few notable features:
- it introduces readers to a set of 'Killer Phrases' & 'Fight Back Phrases', which eventually led me to procure the author's second book, 'Yes, But...The Top 40 Killer Phrases & How You Can Fight Them';
For the uninitiated:
a Killer Phrase: n. 1. A knee-jerk response that squelches new ideas; most commonly said by bosses, parents, and government officials. 2. A threat to innovation.
Fight Back Phrase: n. 1. words that launch ideas into reality; usually said by achievers, leaders, and entrepreneurs. 2. the self talk of champions.
- it has a captivating interview with the world's greatest inventor, Dr Yoshiro Nakamatsu of Japan.
Dr Nakamatsu holds more than 3,000 patents & he is acknowledged as the inventor of the floppy disk (for which he sold the license to IBM), the digital watch & the compact disk. (He has apparently invented a safer viable alternative to Viagra, for which he calls 'The Love Jet'. It's a spray!) This revelation led me to purchase two of Dr Nakamatsu's books on creativity. For the benefit of readers, Dr Nakamatsu is a fan of Dr Win Wenger. In fact, he practised an underwater brainstorming technique originally formulated by Dr Wenger in his book, 'How to Increase Your Intelligence'. Dr Nakamatsu even invented a water proof note pad plus a writing instrument to facilitate the seemingly crazy process;
- it introduces the Idea Mapping process, a free form method beyond the traditional mind mapping process as originally postulated by Tony Buzan i.e. it does not have to start from the centre, as distinct from Buzan's;
I want to say this: "What a Great Idea! is an extremely valuable contribution to creativity & innovation. It's worth your reading, exploration & assimilation.