- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; First Edition edition (January 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060969016
- ISBN-13: 978-0060969011
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,652,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What a Great Idea: The Four Key Steps Creative People Take Paperback – January 2, 1992
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"Chic Thompson is a genius." -- Dr. Yoshiro Nakamatsu, inventor of floppy disk, CD and digital watch
"Chic has crafted a creative process to move almost anything from what is to what could be." -- Rick Goings, President of Tupperware
"Chic is the world's greatest creativity workshop presenter." -- Doug Hall, New Product Inventor and author of Jump Start Your Brain
"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
Chic Thompsons passion is inspiring executives, MBA students and children to be curious first critical second while problem solving. He is president of Creative Management Group and is an adjunct faculty member at:
The University of Virginias Darden Business School
The YPO University (Young Presidents Organization)
The FBI Academy
Accentures Center for Professional Education
The Federal Executive Institute
Chics first book, What a Great Idea!, published by HarperCollins, was a main selection of the Executive Book Club and is also published in Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese and Spanish. In 2001, Harvard Business School released a case study on the speaking career of Chic Thompson entitled "What a Great Idea®."
Chics second book, "Yes, But..." is a guide to overcoming the bureaucratic language that stifles continuous innovation.
Chic received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Delaware and his Masters in Education from the University of Virginia. He then worked in new product development and marketing for:
W.L. Gore and Associates (Gore-Tex®)
Johnson & Johnson
During the last 20 years, Chic has given over 2500 presentations and has teamed up with talent ranging from Tom Peters and Stephen Covey to Cirque du Soleil and Second City.
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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.