- Cards: 64 pages
- Publisher: United States Games Systems (November 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0880793589
- ISBN-13: 978-0880793582
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 3 x 4.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Creative Whack Pack
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The Explorer is your role for discovering the resources you'll use to create new ideas. The cards in the Explorer suit highlight places and ways to find new information.
The Artist is your role for transforming your resources into new ideas. The cards in the Artist suit provide you with idea-generating techniques.
The Judge is your role for evaluating an idea and deciding what to do with it. The cards in the Judge suit lend decision making advice.
The Warrior is your role for implementing your idea. The cards in the Warrior suit give you the "kick" you need to get your ideas into action.
There are several ways the cards can be used. One of the best is the "Creative Licencing at Meetings". At the beginning of a meeting, deal out five cards to each participant. The cards give each person permission to make a point related to that card as you work though the meeting agenda. A participant may play a card at any time if he or she feels thtat its message will help the meeting.
Some examples of cards:
Card #27 - CHANGE ITS NAME - If a architect looks at an opening between two rooms and thinks "door" that's what she will design. But if she thinks "passageway", she may design something much different like a "hallway", "air curtain", "tunnel", or perhaps a "courtyard". Different words bring in different assumptions and lead your thinking in different directions.Read more ›
- A Whack on the Side of the Head;
- A Kick in the Seat of the Pants;
- Expect the Unexpected;
- Creative Whack Pack;
- Innovative Whack Pack;
- Ancient Whacks of Heraclitus;
I have used all his creativity stuff ever since I started my own strategy consulting (& book store) business in late 1991.
From my personal & professional experience, I would like to say that the entire collection of Roger von Oech's creative work has been designed to serve three strategic purposes:
- understanding - & removing - your mental blocks;
- breaking your habitual patterns;
- shifting your focus & changing your paradigms;
As a matter of fact, once you appreciate & commit to these three strategic purposes in your life, you will soon realise that there is nothing in this world to stop you from getting rid of old ideas & getting new & fresh ideas.
Allow me to quote Edward de Bono: "...the mind is habitually uncreative - it is usually preoccupied with organising masses of incoming data into convenient patterns. Once this pattern is established, then the mind tends to rely upon that pattern in future situations, in order to facilitate decision making & action in an otherwise complex world..." (The Use of Lateral Thinking).
Breaking old habitual patterns is definitely the first & foremost priority in your journey to creativity!
Once your shift your focus, you begin to change your paradigms or the way you look at the world around you. Always remember this: Your brain follows the direction of your dominant thought.Read more ›
Nearly everyone in my office has a deck now!!!
Predictably, all of the cards are just critical enough to be applicable to everything in the universe, just like depressing movies will never fail to get you thinking about the things you might want to change in yourself... But it's incredibly enjoyable to share with friends and have some fun with.
I'm particularly partial to the art style (it reminds me of Terry Gilliam) and the vignettes are fantabulous.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not exactly what I expected. I thought it was going to be some more really creative activities. The book is AWESOME, but the cards are so-so.Published 4 days ago by vcraig
I love this and had used it 15+ years ago so bought it for one of my teammates who was starting out in his career. Read morePublished 25 days ago by AP
This is an awesome book. Great for coming up with ideas wether you make a living of it or just need to be more creative.Published 1 month ago by Daniel
I use these as a strategic thinking tool with my sales team and as an icebreaker for meetings. They all seem to love them. Good tool for the price point.Published 8 months ago by Zachary J Reeser
At first reading of the instructions of how to use the cards, it was intimidating. So what I did was read them one-by-one and enjoyed the illustrations. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Slice56