Summary of Think Better

An Innovator's Guide to Productive Thinking

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Think Better book summary
Creativity is not innate. With the right tactics and a lot of practice, anyone can become an innovative thinker.


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Tim Hurson begins with a simple premise: Anyone can learn to “think better” – in other words, more creatively and productively. He says that by applying his methods, anyone can reliably come up with fresh ideas and solutions. If you’ve dipped into the fields of creativity, innovation or brainstorming before, you may find yourself nodding along, since his initial ideas are not surprising. Similarly, some of the techniques Hurson offers and the examples he shares to illustrate them will be familiar to anyone who has even a passing acquaintance with the field. However, others of his techniques are new. Hurson supplies prompts, basic diagrams, questions and examples. He adores mnemonics, formulas and acronyms. The book is written clearly and simply enough to appeal to inexperienced readers. However, getAbstract especially recommends it to managers and trainers with knowledge of the field; you’ll be more able to quickly see the distinctions between Hurson’s techniques and other brainstorming methods and appreciate the value he is offering.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to solve problems methodically
  • How to apply this method of “thinking better” in a variety of situations
  • How to generate and develop ideas


Thinking About Thinking
Many people believe that thinking ability is innate – but that’s not true. Anyone can – and should – learn to think better than he or she does right now. The economy is shifting: No longer based on things, it’s now based on information. Thus, your company’s greatest...
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About the Author

Tim Hurson is a founding director of Facilitators Without Borders and a founding partner of thinkx, a firm providing training in productive thinking and innovation.

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    Dynamic Dylan 2 years ago
    Like the POWER method of thinking. Great to develop into training activity.

    Review your final ideas using the “POWER” method:
    “Positives” – Why will these ideas work?
    “Objections” –What’s wrong with them? Why won’t they work? “What else?” –What’s missing from your ideas? “Enhancements” – How can you improve them?
    “Remedies” – How can you fix what’s wrong with them?
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    Agoyom Musellam 2 years ago
    Well, the note above doesn't give enough information on how the author's thought can be considered distinctive and meaningful. It's just generalizations
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    Alf Rehn 4 years ago
    By and large, more of the same. Not bad, and a nice one if you are starting out, but rehashes a lot of the stuff of many other, similar, books.

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    The clear and creative thinking that leads to breakthroughs is deliberate, critical and a little outlandish. If you tend to see things from a different point of view, congratulations, that's the whole point.

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