No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking. — Voltaire
It may be obvious, but I’ll say it anyway: One of the first things you need to do before you write your book is think. Now most of us think on occasion, but for you to position yourself as a thought leader, you have to do a fair amount of it. And you can actually practice thinking — there are numerous tools and techniques that can help.
I’ve listed 10 books that offer great techniques for improving your capacity to think. So unless you’re already a great thinker, check out a couple of these. And remember to practice every chance you get.
- Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
- Cracking Creativity: The Secrets of Creative Genius by Michael Michalko
- Creativity Revealed: Discovering the Source of Inspiration by Scott Jeffrey
- Creativity Unlimited: Thinking Inside the Box for Business Innovation by Micael Dahlen
- How to Get Ideas by Jack Foster
- Innovation to the Core: A Blueprint for Transforming the Way Your Company Innovates by Peter Skarzynski
- Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono
- The Innovator’s Toolkit: 50+ Techniques for Predictable and Sustainable Organic Growth by David Silverstein, Philip Samuel, and Neil DeCarlo
- Think Better: An Innovator’s Guide to Productive Thinking by Tim Hurson
- ThinkerToys: A Handbook of Creative Thinking Techniques by Michael Michalko