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Important books on creative thinking, problem solving, innovation, and knowledge management.

The Books

Thinkertoys, Cracking Creativity, A Whack on the Side of the Head, The Complete Problem Solver's Toolbox, Lateral Thinking, De Bono's Thinking Course, Six Thinking Hats, New Thinking for the New Millenium, and Serious Creativity are all excellent titles on brainstorming and problem-solving strategies

Building Communities of Practice, Knowledge Management for Dummies, If Only We Knew What We Know, The Learning Organization are grweat sources of information on managing and using your employees' knowledge.
 
* Changing Minds, Influence, and The Tipping Point provide valuable psychological and social-psychological insights.
 
* The New Rational Manager describes Porblem Analysis, Situation Analysis, Decision Making, and Potential Problem/Potential Opportunity Analysis; easy-to-learn tools for planning, and problem solving. The authors' consulting firm teaches the tools in a workshop.
 
*  Breakthrough Thinking for Nonprofits and Sustaining Innovation offer some lessons on creativity and innovation for government agencies and nonprofits.
 
*  Diffusion of Innovations describes the innovation process and should prove useful, if long, resource to anyone with an idea, technology, or process to promote.


Thinkertoys (A Handbook of Business Creativity)
Michael Michalko  More Info

Cracking Creativity: The Secrets of Creative Genius
Michael Michalko  More Info

A WHACK ON THE SIDE OF THE HEAD : How You Can Be More Creative
Roger von Oech  More Info

Lateral Thinking : Creativity Step by Step (Perennial Library)
Edward De Bono  More Info

Aha! 10 Ways to Free Your Creative Spirit and Find Your Great Ideas
JORDAN AYAN  More Info

Six Thinking Hats
Edward de Bono  More Info

New Thinking for the New Millennium
Edward De Bono  More Info

Sustaining Innovation : Creating Nonprofit and Government Organizations that Innovate Naturally (Jossey Bass Nonprofit & Public Management Series)
Paul C. Light  More Info

Breakthrough Thinking for Nonprofit Organizations : Creative Strategies for Extraordinary Results (Jossey Bass Nonprofit & Public Management Series)
Bernard Ross  More Info

De Bono's Thinking Course
Edward De Bono  More Info

What to Do?

Select one or two books that relate to your main interest at this time. Read them and extract a few tools, techniques, or ideas that you can put to work right away.  You may also want to do a search on Amazon.com for subjects such as "creative thinking", "innovation management", and "knowledge management." If you have any book suggestions, success stories, or other comments on this list please contact me:

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