Friday, November 14, 2008

The power of Creative Intelligence by Tony Buzan

I was excited to read a book written by Tony Buzan who is the creator of Mind Maps and the holder of the world record for highest Creative I.Q. Each of the ten chapters of the book combines creative concepts, games, and exercises. I am just listing few ideas that fascinated me.

Buzan recommends Reverse Thinking to enhance creativity. He discusses the experience of Dick Fosbury, a high-jumper who wanted to scale greater heights. The regular high-jump posture was diving over the bar with face and chest down. Fosbury used reverse thinking and discovered that when he reversed the regular posture and landed on the ground with his back he was able to break high-jump records. Thus the world famous “Fosbury Flop” posture came into being.

Maria Montessori a doctor by qualification questions the orderly school system. And then she evolves the modern Montessori education system with its flexible and childlike playful surroundings.

Connecting unrelated events and ideas also lead to creativity. For example, Newton was wondering why the apple fell from the tree but the moon does not fall from its position!! This comparison led Newton to discover earth’s gravitational force.

Buzan claims that though creativity is an inborn quality it can be developed by painstaking efforts and applying laws of science. Buzan asks you to become ambidextrous to enhance creative skills. So, if you are a right-hander, you should draw pictures or write with your left hand.

Buzan suggests using the Mind mapping tool with colors, pictures, and curved lines to increase thinking skills. Buzan asks us to be original, put us in other persons’ shoes (even in the shoes of a thermometer for instance), and form associations.

Mind Map for Joe who is retiring from work:


JOSEPH said...

Good one

Siladitya said...

Did Steve Harvey copy the book title Act Like A Lady Think Like A Man

and theme from an earlier book?

Book with same title & theme copyrighted and published by Sharon P. Carson in 2003

CHICAGO, IL – Sharon P. Carson the author of the original title: Act Like A Lady –Think Like A Man, watched the February 27th episode of the Ophra show on which Steve Harvey was promoting his book of the same title. She was hoping that Steve would reveal to Oprah where he got the title and the theme for the book. It just seemed odd to her that his book had the same title and theme as her book that was copy written in 2003.

Upon subsequently purchasing the book, she found some interesting parallels and realized that it is not unusual for a high profiled person to take a great title and theme, rewrite a book and use their celebrity status to sell it. This she says happens too often to the unsung poets, authors and entrepreneurs of the world.

Steve wrote in his book that his hope was to “empower you with a wide-open look into the minds of men”. Sharon P. Carson wrote in her book in 2003 that her hope was for women to gain some insight into how men think in terms of relationships. Sharon also noted that in chapter 8 of Steve Harvey’s book titled “Why Men Cheat” he came to the same conclusion that she did in chapter 37 of her book, titled “Why would a man cheat”, and the answer was, “because they can”.

Sharon actively promoted her book before the release in January 2009 of Steve Harvey’s book, and would not like to see her promotion efforts hindered. She feels that her book has much to offer from a woman’s perspective and seeks to empower women to practice self love and tough love in relationships.

Before the publication of Steve Harvey’s book of the same title, Sharon bought the domain name: from which she has been selling her book. She has also held seminars with women at a Chicago University in promotion of her book, and can be viewed on the following youtube clip as she was being interviewed on a cable television program about her book in 2007

Mindful of all the self - published poets and authors who have a hard time finding publishers for their works, Sharon is currently consulting with attorneys regarding her options, and hopes that her book with the first and original title of Act Like A Lady Think Like A Man will finally receive the recognition it deserves for the wisdom, encouragement, and empowerment that it provides to women.

Haiku Poems said...

did u read this story?
Haiku Poems