Michael Michalko is one of the most highly acclaimed creativity experts in the world. He has given speeches, workshops, and seminars on fostering creative thinking for clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations — such as DuPont, Kellogg’s, General Electric, Kodak, Microsoft, Exxon, General Motors, Ford, AT&T, Wal-Mart, Gillette, and Hallmark — to associations and government agencies.

As an officer in the U.S. Army, he organized a team of NATO intelligence specialists and international academics in Frankfurt, Germany, to research, collect, and categorize all known inventive-thinking methods. His team then applied these methods to various new and old NATO military, political, and economic problems and produced an assortment of breakthrough ideas and creative solutions.

Michael later applied these creative-thinking techniques to problems in the corporate world with outstanding success. The companies he worked with were thrilled with the breakthrough results they achieved, and Michael has since been in the business of developing and teaching creative-thinking workshops and seminars for corporate clients around the world. His website is www.creativethinking.net.

Michael is the author of Thinkertoys (A Handbook of Creative Thinking Techniques), Cracking Creativity (Secrets of Creative Genius), Thinkpak (A Brainstorming Card Deck) and his new book CREATIVE THINKERING: PUTTING YOUR IMAGINATION TO WORK.


5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by michael michalko on May 18, 2008 at 5:26 pm


    A Franciscan monk who was a speaker at an international seminar about world peace, was asked if successful negotiations between Israel and Palestine were possible. He called two young people up to the microphone: a Palestinian young man and a Jewish Israeli young man. “Imagine you are brothers,” he told them. “Your father has passed away, and he has left you an inheritance with three assets,” represented symbolically by three coins, which he placed on the podium.

    “Your instructions are that you must share the inheritance fairly but you cannot split any of the assets,” the boys were told. “Now you must try to find a creative solution that will get you the maximum possible benefit.” When the Palestinian said he would take two coins and give the Israeli one, everyone laughed again and the monk said, “Well, okay, you have the power to do that, but you are sowing the seeds of conflict.” The Israeli said he was actually thinking of taking one coin and giving the Palestinian two. “Evidently,” the monk guessed, “you feel it’s worth the risk of investing in your adversary in this way, and hope to somehow benefit in the future from this.” The boys sat down.

    Next, the monk asked two young women (again one was Israeli, the other Palestinian) to repeat the exercise. It was fairly clear where the monk was going with this, but would the girls get it? “I would keep one coin and give her two,” said the Israeli young woman, “on condition that she donate her second one to a charity, maybe a children’s hospital.” “Good,” said the monk and asked the Palestinian woman if she agreed. She said “I would keep one for myself, and give one to her, and say that we should invest the third one together.” The entire audience stood and applauded for the final solution.

    Negotiating is not a game, and it’s not a war, it’s what civilized people do to iron out their differences. There is no point, the monk said, in figuring out how to get the other side to sign something they cannot live with. A negotiated settlement today is not the end of the story, because “there is always the day after,” and a good negotiator should be thinking about the day after, and the day after that.


  2. Posted by Antonio Basauri P on December 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Michel, I did know ypu in ACA Conference.
    I’m very exhausting with yours book, articules and website.
    I’m teaching creativity and innovations, in my buessines, and University.
    If you can, I would like take a direct contact with you trough web (skype or others).
    Waitingh your news.
    A creative hug,
    Antonio Basauri P
    Santiago, Chile
    ACA Member


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  5. Posted by Tamim on August 20, 2015 at 4:47 am


    i grew up reading ur books.i was always fascinated by man’s creative ability & i myself enjoy creating new ideas.

    it’ll greatly help to just show an example how u develop a single good idea.like using criminals to reduce criminal numbers.

    as i use a question-based creative process,for this my questions will be-what other qualities criminal have other than commiting crime?(they have tough bodies,so we can ignite gang rival among them-so they’ll cut their numbers themselves fighting)

    i once found out increasing population of world can be treated by using extra human to feed existing human(inhuman idea,but effective-it’s said to predators human flesh is most delicious.so human burger may initially be rejected,but in the long run-accepted).how can i use this idea in case of criminals? (supply & make a particular group rich in more drugs,reserved weapons & valuable goods then inform other groups about them & inspire them to attack first group one after another)

    how can we drive criminals to give their own info to police?firstly not to police-we may plant hot girls/hookers/police officers as their romantic interest.why they should give their info?add some benefit to it-like reward or diminished competition. nobody is dull enough to give their info,so how about that?ok everyone has rivalry & ambition. so give others’ info & have revenge.

    Michael please,let me know how will u solve this problem?

    it’ll be a great help for a huge fan of u like me to know how is mentor think.



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