Sparking Your Imagination

Boosting Your Brainpower

Want to get your creative energy flowing? Try these great resources:

What a Great Idea!, by Charles Thompson (Harper-Collins, $14, 800-331-3761). Through real-life experiences, Thompson illustrates the four key steps to creativity: freedom, expression, creation and action.

Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Business Creativity for the 1990s, by Michael Michalko (Ten-Speed Press, $17.95, 800-841-2665). Michalko explains how business owners and managers can use brainstorming, a "creative idea" committee and other techniques to foster innovation among employees.

"How to Think Outside the Box" is a one-day workshop conducted nationwide by SkillPath Seminars. It offers exercises and techniques to generate new ideas and find innovative solutions to managing your business. The cost is $99 per person. For more information, call (800) 873-7545, ext. 411.

The Creative Education Foundation in Buffalo, New York, promotes innovative approaches to problem solving. It holds an annual Creative Problem Solving Institute seminar and offers a 48-page "Catalog of Creative Resources," which includes dozens of books and tapes to boost your idea power. For more information, call (716) 675-3181.

Contact Sources

American Wilderness Experience Inc., P.O. Box 1486, Boulder, CO 80306, (303) 444-2622

Becky Bailey's Creative Kids, 11301 Olympic Blvd., #110, Los Angeles, CA 90064, (310) 473-6090

Best Domestic Services Agency Inc., 310 Madison Ave., #1517, New York, NY 10017, (212) 685-0351

Capitol Concierge, 1400 I St. N.W., #750, Washington, DC 20005, (202) 223-4765

Prepare Inc., 147 W. 25th St., 8th Fl., New York, NY 10001, (212) 255-0505

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This article was originally published in the September 1997 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Sparking Your Imagination.

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