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A Kick in the Seat of the Pants: Using Your Explorer, Artist, Judge, and Warrior to Be More Creative Paperback – February 12, 1986
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Von Oech devotes a separate chapter to each. Also, he assigns to each quite different values, priorities, mind sets, predispositions, and parameters relative to creative thinking. This is a brilliant conceit. In varying proportions, each of us is (simultaneously) an Explorer, an Artist, a Judge, and a Warrior. Each plays an important role in the creative process. Von Oech explains how and why.
As in A Whack on the Side of the Head, he provides various exercises in combination with a rigorous analysis of each of the four stereotypes. As is true of Whack, Kick will be immensely valuable to executives in any organization which needs a culture within which to generate and then nourish fresh ideas and new perspectives. The same is true of all self-employed people (especially independent consultants) whose customers or clients expect them to address the same need. Finally, I think that school, college, and university classroom teachers can devise all manner of appropriate applications of von Oech's ideas.
I strongly suggest that you buy both Whack and Kick. Also Roger von Oech's Creative Whack Pack. Read and then re-read all three. Absorb and digest the material. Let the ideas percolate for a while. (The material in all three is remarkably cohesive...and intellectually combustible.) Then try this experiment the next time you and others in your organization get together to brainstorm. Whoever chairs the discussion is designated the Judge.Read more ›
If you already read "A Whack" and feel like you are experiencing deja vu while reading "A Kick", you are not alone. This book is a rip-off. How would you like to pay to see "The Empire Strikes Back," only to find that half of the movie is footage from "Star Wars?'" Shame on von Oech and the publisher for tricking me, and shame on me for being duped. Anyone who enjoyed this book either failed to read "A Whack on the Side of the Head" or has extremely short term memory.
I personally credit this book with showing me how to excercise my creativity, which had always yielded uneven results before. Even more, I've taught the techniques and know they can help everyone from gifted artists to techno-geeks to MBAs.
Hooray for Roger Von Oech!
The only criticism I might have is that he hasn't included a section on feedback in the creative process. In addition to his aptly titled four creative roles of "Explorer," "Artist", "Judge," and "Warrior,"I have added the "the Returns Manager." Would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in getting a creative edge in any field. The chapters are full of ways to bring out the natural creativity within everyone. You can't go wrong with this book.
- 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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a fabulous book on how to be more creative. I love the four categories he provides and the check lists to see how I am doing.Published on November 28, 2013 by Sally Steinmetz
bought this for a creative strategies class. i actually learned from it. i wish i didnt have to have a minimum word count for this review. waste of time.Published on October 31, 2013 by @panzafit
I re-bought this book after having owned it in the 80s. It is just as valid today. A very clear and usable breakdown of the stages of creativity. Read morePublished on September 30, 2013 by Betsy
I first read this book about twenty years ago. I kept the book. I keep going back to it. I use some of the exercises in the college classes that I teach. Read morePublished on July 15, 2013 by M.A. De Neve
I read through this book completely. Not just because I wanted to learn something, but because it read like it was written just for me. Plain and simple. Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by A.K. Stein
I loved A Whack on the Side of the Head better than this one. It may be because of the first book bringing new concepts and ideas and this last one functioning just as a reminder... Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by reader
While learning about creativity, I had fun reading it. I've bought copies for students, and I like to give them as prizes during workshops about creative problem-solving. Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by IrishColleen
This book was not at ALL what I thought it would be. A waste of paper is all it is. I recycled it after looking through it for 5 minutes.Published on January 3, 2013 by David Galvin