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), and Creative Thinkering (Putting Your Imagination to Work).
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.