Entrepreneurship & Organizational Development Books

3 Weeks to Startup – Tim Berry

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Tim Berry, business planning expert and principal author of Business Plan Pro, the country’s bestselling business plan software, and Sabrina Parsons, co-founder of Palo Alto Software UK, unveil a new, more innovative business landscape and show you how to streamline your startup using the fastest resource in the world-the internet.

Eliminate the exhausting, time-consuming legwork involved in traditional startup plans, and instead fast track your business using a wealth of online tools and services. Berry and Parsons help you build your business step by step, including establishing your business plan, making your business legal, financing your venture, hiring your staff and more-using online tools and resources at every stage.  This book is available from Amazon.
Tim Berry is the president and founder of Palo Alto Software, founder of bplans.com, and co-founder of Borland International.  He is the author of books and software on business planning, and has a Stanford MBA.  He is the father of five and has been married 39 years.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People (The) – Stephen Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
In this book, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity — principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.  This book has been a top-seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity.  This book is available from the website listed below as well as from Amazon.

Stephen R. Covey is a renowned authority on leadership, a family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and vice chairman of FranklinCovey Co. The author of several acclaimed books, he has also received numerous honors and awards, including being named one of Time magazine’s twenty-five most influential Americans. Covey lives with his wife, Sandra, and their family in the Rocky Mountains of Utah.

Art of Profitability (The) – Adrian Slywotzky

The Art of Profitability
This compact tome from consultant Adrian Slywotzky offers 23 business lessons via the tale of a manager’s quest to learn the “art of profitability” from David Zhao, a wise master. It’s an attractive and refreshing concept that taps into the Zen of business. The author cautions readers to “please read only one chapter per week… Think about it. Let it stew.” His advice, centered around the mantra that the path to profitability lies in fully understanding the customer, is valuable- e.g., watch out for cracks in a business’s foundation, because they can quickly lead to a collapse. Slywotzky has tried to make his text seem ancient, even timeless, by featuring the cliché of the wise sage and the eager pupil, and this forced effort may frustrate some readers looking for a quick fix. But those seeking a new alternative to tired business manuals should revel in Zhao’s fable-like teachings. This book is available from Amazon.
Adrian J. Slywotzky (born in 1951 in New York City) is a consultant and author of several books on economic theory and management. Slywotzky graduated from Harvard College and holds a JD from Harvard Law School and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has worked as a consultant since 1979 and is currently a partner at Oliver Wyman.


Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything – Guy Kawasaki

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This book will give you the essential steps to launch great products, services, and companies—whether you are dreaming of starting the next Microsoft or a not-for-profit that’s going to change the world. It also shows managers how to unleash entrepreneurial thinking at established companies, helping them foster the pluck and creativity that their businesses need to stay ahead of the pack. Kawasaki provides readers with GIST—Great Ideas for Starting Things—including his field-tested insider’s techniques for bootstrapping, branding, networking, recruiting, pitching, rainmaking, and, most important in this fickle consumer climate, building buzz

Guy Kawasaki is a managing director of Garage Technology Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm and a columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine. Previously, he was an Apple Fellow at Apple Computer, Inc. Guy is the author of nine books including Reality Check, The Art of the Start, Rules for Revolutionaries, How to Drive Your Competition Crazy, Selling the Dream, and The Macintosh Way. He has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.


Crafts Business Answer Book (The): Starting, Managing and Marketing a Homebased Art-Barbara Brabec

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This book offers answers to hundreds of troublesome questions about starting, marketing & managing a home-based business efficiently, legally, & profitably. Although this book is specifically addressed to artists and craftspeople, its special information on taxes, laws and regulations, legal issues, financial topics and insurance will also be invaluable to designers, inventors, teachers, writers, desktop publishers, mail order businesses and others who work at home. This comprehensive reference book is both informative and encouraging, enlivened with human-interest stories about problem solving and anecdotes of running businesses.
A long-time leader in the home-business and crafts industries, Barbara Brabec has been working with and writing about home-based entrepreneurs and craftspeople since 1971. Self-employed for most of her adult life, she is one of America’s best-known home-business authors and speakers.


Creating a Successful Craft Business – Rogene and Robert Robbins

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Providing craftspeople with career advice that has been learned in the trenches of the crafts business, this reference is written by two experienced crafts makers who have been through the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of starting a craft business. From writing a business plan and financing an idea to choosing the most cost-efficient production method and best-suited sales approach, the book offers a blueprint to successful craft entrepreneurship. In 25 lessons, readers learn step-by-step how to assess business opportunities, negotiate with bankers, choose the ideal retail location, promote the business online, and expand into lucrative new markets. A special chapter on buying and selling wholesale helps advanced craftspeople to boost their business growth.  This book is available at Amazon.

Rogene A. Robbins and Robert Robbins are experienced craftspeople and entrepreneurs who have founded and run craft businesses of all kinds. They opened their first retail store more than ten years ago, have distributed their products on a trade show, retail, and wholesale level, and have employed as many as fourteen craftspeople at peak times. The couple now lives in Ralston, Nebraska, where Rogene writes and teaches about the arts and crafts business and creates her own brands of quilts.


Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism


As founder of Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus pioneered microcredit, the innovative banking program that provides poor people––mainly women––with small loans they use to launch businesses and lift their families out of poverty. In the past thirty years, microcredit has spread to every continent and benefited over 100 million families.  In this book, Yunus  goes beyond microcredit to pioneer the idea of social business–a completely new way to use the creative vibrancy of business to tackle social problems from poverty and pollution to inadequate health care and lack of education. This book describes how Yunus–in partnership with some of the world’s most visionary business leaders–has launched the world’s first purposely designed social businesses. From collaborating with Danone to produce affordable, nutritious yogurt for malnourished children in Bangladesh to building eyecare hospitals that will save thousands of poor people from blindness, Creating a World Without Poverty offers a glimpse of the amazing future Yunus forecasts for a planet transformed by thousands of social businesses. Yunus’s “Next Big Idea” offers a pioneering model for nothing less than a new, more humane form of capitalism.  This book is available from Amazon.

The Yunus Centre, is a state of the art facility, dedicated to promoting Professor Muhammad Yunus’ vision of a poverty free world including the furthering of microcredit and creation of social business, and the creation of poverty museums worldwide engaging especially the youth of the country and internationally.

The activities of the Yunus Centre include action and research programs, incubating projects, news and publications, media centre, international communications, social business, and social action websites among others.

Muhammad Yunus, born in 1940, received his Ph.D in Economics from Vanderbilt University in 1970.  He is the recipient of numerous awards and sits on the board of directors for numerous companies.  By visiting the website listed above, you can read the many descriptions of his international awards, including the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom and The Nobel Peace Prize for 2006.


Creative Cash: How to Profit from Your Special Artistry… – Barbara Brabec

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This book —a classic in its field for more than twenty years—has helped thousands of creative people launch successful art or craft businesses at home.  It covers such t

opics as how to develop confidence to realize a secret dream, legally start a business at home, successfully compete in today’s marketplace and succeed at craft fair selling.   This book also explains ways to write how-to articles for craft

magazines or sell a book of designs, how to computerize a crafts business and get on the Web, how to develop and sell original patterns by mail and much more. Whether your goal is just to make a little extra “pin money” from a hobby, start a part-time business, or grow an established activity into something much more profitable, this publication will guide you to success.

A long-time leader in the home-business and crafts industries, Barbara Brabec has been working with and writing about home-based entrepreneurs and craftspeople since 1971. Self-employed for most of her adult life, she is one of America’s best-known home-business authors and speakers.


Creative Entrepreneur (The) : A DIY Visual Guidebook for Making Business Ideas Real


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The Creative Entrepreneur is a visual, results-oriented, step-by-step method of business development for creatives from all walks of life who want to turn their passions into viable business opportunities.

Whether you are and artist, designer, or small business owner, this book will empower you to renew and nurture your vision with the steps required to take an idea and make it real.

The Creative Entrepreneur offers a dynamic left brain/right brain approach to developing a business focus that evaluates underlying internal issues unique to creative types and shows how to practically address them.

You’ll gain a combination of powerful business and strategic planning tools and learn how to use them like a pro. Related journal exercises further explore each concept in a visual and engaging way that appeals to how creative types think, learn and process information. Your journal becomes a companion and map for your creative business journey.  This book is available from Amazon.

She’s worked for decades on her rebuttal: She thrives as a mixed-media artist, writer, and founder of Digital Hive EcoLogical Design, a San Francisco-based communications firm that works with green businesses. She earned her MBA in Sustainable Enterprise, whose business theories form the strategic backbone of this book.

Lisa has learned that business savvy in an artist is rare: most creative people shy away from the strategic skills necessary to make a living doing what they love. So after yet another artist friend responded to Lisa’s business insights with, “I never thought about that,” she decided to help make sure they did.

Over the course of 20 years teaching workshops, Lisa has honed her techniques for transforming passion into livelihood. She’s taught at leading learning centers like Esalen Institute and Hollyhock, and has been featured in Entrepreneur and Business Week. She develops courses in Green & Social Marketing and has taught at Dominican University’s Green MBA. In the studio, she creates mixed-media paintings, artist books, assemblage structures, and continues to run Digital Hive.

With The Creative Entrepreneur, Lisa has finally put passion to paper to help artistic types develop and harness their business savvy. The Creative Entrepreneur is the culmination of an eclectic life of business and art, strategic planning and creative calling. It’s Lisa preaching what she’s practiced: that it’s possible and practical to make a living doing what you love.


Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose – Tony Hsieh


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In his first book, Tony Hsieh – the hip, iconoclastic, and widely-admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer – – explains how he created a corporate culture with a commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of its employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success. He details many of the unique practices at Zappos, such as their philosophy of allocating marketing money into the customer experience, the importance of Zappos’s Core Values (“Deliver WOW through Service”), and the reason why Zappos’s number one priority is company culture and his belief that once you get the culture right, everything else – great customer service, long-term branding – will happen on its own. Finally, Delivering Happiness explains how Zappos employees actually apply the Core Values to improving their lives outside of work, proving that creating happiness and record results go hand-in-hand.  This book is available from Amazon.COMPANY OR INDIVIDUAL

Tony Hsieh is the CEO of online shoe and clothing shop Zappos.com.  Prior to joining Zappos, Hsieh co-founded and sold the internet advertising network LinkExchange to Microsoft in 1999 for $265 million.

In 1995, Hsieh graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Computer Science.  While at Harvard, he managed the Quincy House Grille selling pizza to the students in his dorm (his best customer, Alfred Lin, would later be Zappos’s CFO and COO).   After college, Hsieh worked for Oracle.   After five months, Hsieh found himself dissatisfied with the corporate environment, and quit to found Link Exchange.

In June 2010, Hsieh released Delivering Happiness, a book about his entrepreneurial endeavors. It was profiled in many world publications, including The Washington Post, CNBC, TechCrunch, The Huffington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.   It debuted at #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List, and stayed on the list for 27 consecutive weeks.  Hsieh currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Discipline of Market Leaders (The): Choose Your Customers, Narrow Your… – Michael Treacy

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Consultants and business strategists Treacy and Wiersema provide the conceptual model for companies to attain and sustain market leadership. Their plan is simple: put unmatched value (best product, best total solution, or best total cost) in the marketplace while meeting threshold standards in other dimensions of value. Making the improvement of the chosen value to customers the focus of the entire company will result in corresponding shareholder value. The authors follow up their theory with practical guidelines for constructing an appropriate operational model, and offer many examples using well-known companies. A landmark work in market strategy that goes beyond TQM principles, this volume is essential for entrepreneurs and for public, academic, and corporate libraries.  This book is available from Amazon.

Michael Treacy is an internationally-known expert on corporate strategy and business process transformation.   Mr. Treacy was a Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He currently serves as an Advisor to the National Board of the United Way of America.   Mr. Treacy received his BS from The University of Toronto and his Ph.D from the MIT Sloan School of Management.   Michael Treacy’s personal interests center around his family, Chinese export art, and sports, especially baseball.

First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently – Marcus Buckingham

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The authors, both management consultants for the Gallup Organization, use the company’s study of 80,000 managers in 400 companies to reach the conclusion that a company that lacks great frontline managers will bleed talent, no matter how attractive the compensation packages and training opportunities. With this in mind, they sought the answers to the follow-up questions: “How do great managers find, focus and keep talented employees.” Using case studies, diagrams, and excerpts from interviews, Buckingham and Coffman guide us through their findings that discipline, focus, trust, and, most important, willingness to treat each employee as an individual are the overall secrets for turning talent into lasting performance. The book concludes with suggestions on how to become a great manager, including ideas for interviewing for talent, how to develop a performance management routine, and how to get the best performance from talented employees. Although this is clearly an infomercial for the Gallup Organization, it nevertheless offers thoughtful advice on the essential task of developing excellent managers.  This book is available through the website listed below as well as from Amazon.


In his role as author, independent consultant and speaker, Marcus Buckingham has been the subject of in-depth profiles in The New York Times, Fortune, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, USA Today and is routinely lauded by such corporations as Toyota, Coca-Cola, Master Foods, Wells Fargo, and Disney as an invaluable resource in informing, challenging, mentoring and inspiring people to find their strengths and obtain and sustain long-lasting personal success.

Marcus Buckingham holds a master’s degree in social and political science from Cambridge University and is a member of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Leadership and Management. He lives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles, CA.


Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World – Bill Clinton

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Here, from Bill Clinton, is a call to action. Giving is an inspiring look at how each of us can change the world. First, it reveals the extraordinary and innovative efforts now being made by companies and organizations—and by individuals—to solve problems and save lives both “down the street and around the world.” Then it urges us to seek out what each of us, “regardless of income, available time, age, and skills,” can do to help, to give people a chance to live out their dreams.
Clinton writes about men and women who traded in their corporate careers, and the fulfillment they now experience through giving. He writes about energy-efficient practices, about progressive companies going green, about promoting fair wages and decent working conditions around the world. He shows us how one of the most important ways of giving can be an effort to change, improve, or protect a government policy. He outlines what we as individuals can do, the steps we can take, how much we should consider giving, and why our giving is so important.  This book is available from Amazon.

Bill Clinton served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. He was the third-youngest president; only Theodore Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy were younger when entering office.  Clinton’s education history is as follows: with the aid of scholarships, Clinton attended the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., receiving a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (B.S.F.S.) degree in 1968.  Upon graduation he won a Rhodes Scholarship to University College, Oxford where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics, though as a result of switching programs and leaving early for Yale, he did not obtain a degree there.  After Oxford, Clinton attended Yale Law School and obtained a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 1973.  While at Yale, he began dating law student Hillary Rodham, who was a year ahead of him. They married on 11 October 1975, and their only child, Chelsea, was born on 27 February 1980.  After graduating from Yale Law School, Clinton returned to Arkansas and became a professor at the University of Arkansas. A year later, he ran for the House of Representatives in 1974. The incumbent, John Paul Hammerschmidt, defeated Clinton by a 52% to 48% margin. Without opposition in the general election, Clinton was elected Arkansas Attorney General in 1976.  Clinton was elected Governor of Arkansas in 1978, making him the youngest governor in the country at age thirty-two.


Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t – Jim Collin

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This book explores the way good organizations can be turned into ones that produce great, sustained results. Collins and his team of researchers began their quest by sorting through a list of 1,435 companies, looking for those that made substantial improvements in their performance over time. They finally settled on 11–including Fannie Mae, Gillette, Walgreens, and Wells Fargo–and discovered common traits that challenged many of the conventional notions of corporate success. Making the transition from good to great doesn’t require a high-profile CEO, the latest technology, innovative change management, or even a fine-tuned business strategy. At the heart of those rare and truly great companies was a corporate culture that rigorously found and promoted disciplined people to think and act in a disciplined manner. Peppered with dozens of stories and examples from the great and not so great, the book offers a well-reasoned road map to excellence that any organization would do well to consider. This book is available from the website listed below as well as from Amazon.

Driven by a relentless curiosity, Jim Collins began his research and teaching career on the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992. In 1995, he founded a management laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, where he now conducts research and teaches executives from the corporate and social sectors. Jim holds degrees in business administration and mathematical sciences from Stanford University, and honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado and the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.  Jim has authored or co-authored four books, including the one listed below.


Guide to Getting Arts Grants – Ellen Liberatori

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In this book, artists and arts groups will find all they need to know to support themselves through grants and special projects. This expert guide, written by an insider who has been on both the grant-making and the grant-writing side of the arts, shows readers how to assess their personal strengths and set goals to pursue their dreams. Hands-on examples and how-to exercises are provided for every situation: from creating artists’ statements, to writing letters, fellowship applications, and arts-organization applications, to being ready for that all-important site visit. This book is available from the website listed below.

Ellen Liberatori has worked in the nonprofit and grant-making sectors of philanthropy for nearly 30 years and has taught grant-writing for almost 15 years. She has been both a foundation director and a program officer. She currently lives in Cairo, Egypt, where she works for Ishraq, a development project of the Population Council.


Handmade for Profit! Hundreds of Secrets to Success in Selling Arts & Crafts – Barbara BrabecHandmade for Profit!

thThis book helps the readers build practical skills in such areas as business planning and management, goal setting, record keeping, time management, new product development, designing displays, selling in person or by mail, business promotion and publicity, and creating professional printed materials.  It also covers how to get started selling on the Web, hundreds of NEW TIPS for success in selling at the retail level, checklists and success formulas and a Resource Chapter of 133 books, periodicals, organizations and Web sites to aid you in business.

A long-time leader in the home-business and crafts industries, Barbara Brabec has been working with and writing about home-based entrepreneurs and craftspeople since 1971. Self-employed for most of her adult life, she is one of America’s best-known home-business authors and speakers.


One Page Business Plan for Non-Profit Organizations (The) – James T. Horan Jr.

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The edition of the One Page Business Plan Series has been specifically designed for Non-Profits. If you are responsible for founding or managing a non-profit organization… this book was written just for you! Now you can easily write a draft plan on a single page in less than two hours. Thousands of non-profits have already successfully written and implemented One Page Plans with this simple and effective planning methodology. This special version of The One Page Business Plan has been called “The One Page Promise” because it helps directors, boards, management and volunteers clearly define and live up to their promises at organizational, departmental, project and program levels… all in fast, easy to communicate and actionable terms.
Jim Horan is the President and CEO of the One Page Business Plan Company and author of The One Page Business Plan.   He is also the developer of The One Page Planning and Performance System.

Jim founded the company in 1990 after nearly two decades in senior level financial positions with Shaklee Corporation and Bayer Pharmaceuticals. Over the past 17 years, his company has helped thousands of businesses achieve sustainable cash flow and profit growth.

Mr. Horan speaks to audiences all across the United States, helping business owners and CEO’s systematically make their businesses more profitable. Jim has the unique ability to take complex business situations and make them simple.


Small Is the New Big: and 183 Other Riffs, Rants, and Remarkable Business Ideas – Seth Godin

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Godin, author and business blogger, presents a collection of essays that are thoughtful and wise. His ideas are skillfully presented with themes that include being big is no longer an advantage, so act small if you want to be big; with instant communication, lies get exposed faster than ever; consumers are more powerful than ever; and Aretha Franklin is correct: respect is the secret to success with people. His comments on business schools are challenging and contain his list of five things that help people succeed, including finding, hiring, and managing extraordinary people; embracing a changing world while effectively prioritizing tasks in it; and the ability to sell. Readers skip his riff on Web design and strategy at their peril. Along with his definition of velocity–a company’s ability to zig and zag and zoom or change with speed–Godin tells us, “Give me five serially incompetent executives with a focus on velocity, and I can change the world.”  This book is available from the website listed below as well as from Amazon.
Seth Godin is author of ten books that have been bestsellers around the world and changed the way people think about marketing, change and work. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages, and his ebooks are among the most popular ever published. He is responsible for many words in the marketer’s vocabulary, including permission marketing, ideaviruses, purple cows, the dip and sneezers. His irrepressible speaking style and no-holds-barred blog have helped him create a large following around the world.

Godin graduated from Tufts University in 1982 with a degree in computer science and philosophy. Godin earned his MBA in marketing from Stanford Business School. From 1983 to 1986, he worked as a brand manager at Spinnaker Software. For a time Godin commuted every week from California and Boston both to do his new job and to complete his MBA.


Successful Business Plan (The): Secrets & Strategies – Rhonda Abrams

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This completely updated third edition of Rhonda Abrams’ best-seller is a complete, step-by-step guide to researching and writing a knock-out business plan. Required reading at America’s top business schools, it’s been called “the entrepreneur’s bible,” having helped thousands of successful business people get the funding they need to launch their businesses. With a foreword by renowned venture capitalist Eugene Kleiner, THE SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS PLAN is packed with insider tips on writing and formatting a business plan that will stand out from the crowd.

Book features:

  • 99 worksheets help you get started quickly, taking you through every critical section of a successful business plan
  • A fully-written sample business plan offers guidance on length, style, formatting and language
  • Special chapters address issues of concern for service, manufacturing, retail, and Internet companies
  • The Abrams Method of Flow-Through Financials helps make easy work of number crunching-even if you’re a numbers novice
  • A special chapter on classes and competitions help students prepare a winning business plan
  • Nearly 200 insider secrets from top venture capitalists and successful business owners and CEOs reveal what most impresses funders

This book is available from the website listed below as well as from Amazon.

A syndicated columnist, best-selling author, and popular public speaker, Rhonda Abrams has spent more than 15 years advising, mentoring and consulting entrepreneurs and small business owners. Her knowledge of the small business market and her passion for entrepreneurship have made her one of the nation’s most recognized advocates for small business.

An experienced entrepreneur herself, Rhonda has started three successful companies, including a small business consulting firm.

Rhonda was educated at Harvard University and UCLA, where she was named Outstanding Senior. She lives in Palo Alto, California.

Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative Thinking Techniques – Michael Michalko

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In hindsight, every great idea seems obvious. But how can you be the person who comes up with those ideas? In this revised and expanded edition of his groundbreaking THINKERTOYS, creativity expert Michael Michalko reveals life-changing tools that will help you think like a genius. From the linear to the intuitive, this comprehensive handbook details ingenious creative-thinking techniques for approaching problems in unconventional ways. Through fun and thought-provoking exercises, you’ll learn how to create original ideas that will improve your personal life and your business life. Michalko’s techniques show you how to look at the same information as everyone else and see something different. With hundreds of hints, tricks, tips, tales, and puzzles, THINKERTOYS will open your mind to a world of innovative solutions to everyday and not-so-everyday problems.  This book is available from the website listed below as well as from Amazon.
Michael Michalko is one of the most highly acclaimed creativity experts in the world and author of the best sellers Thinkertoys (A Handbook of Business Creativity), ThinkPak (A Brainstorming Card Deck), and Cracking Creativity (The Secrets Of Creative Genius).

As an officer in the United States Army, Michael organized a team of NATO intelligence specialists and international academics in Frankfurt, Germany, to research, collect, and categorize all known inventive-thinking methods. His international team applied those methods to various NATO military, political, and social problems and in doing so it produced a variety of breakthrough ideas and creative solutions to new and old problems. After leaving the military, Michael facilitated CIA think tanks using his creative thinking techniques.

Michael later applied these creative-thinking techniques to problems in the corporate world with outstanding successes. Michael has provided keynote speeches, workshops, and seminars on fostering creative thinking for clients who range from Fortune 500 corporations, such as DuPont, Kellogg’s, General Electric, Kodak, Microsoft, Exxon, General Motors, Ford, USA, AT&T, Wal-Mart, Gillette, and Hallmark, to associations and governmental agencies. In addition to his work in the United States, Michael has worked with clients in countries around the world.


About Lisa Canning

“Vowels are to words what creativity is to the world~ basic and necessary.”

What motivates you to explore your creativity? Follow me @EntretheArts.

For daily inspiration and creative education join me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EntrepreneurTheArts

Need a magic creativity wand? Let’s start with the clarinet and see what it inspires you to dream and do.

Lisa Canning is the founder of Lisa’s Clarinet Shop, IAEOU, the Institute for Arts Entrepreneurship (IAE) and Entrepreneur the Arts.


















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