Conceptual Blockbusting has ratings and 30 reviews. James Adams’s unique approach to generating ideas and solving problems has captivated, inspired. James Adams’s unique approach to generating ideas and solving problems has captivated, inspired, and guided thousands of people from all walks of life. Outline of Conceptual Blockbusting, 4th ed. James L. Adams Published by Basic Books, New York, N.Y., Introduction Habitual thinking – don’t “think” about.

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Thus, we see the almost incredible ability of students to sit totally confused in a class in a university that costs thousands of dollars a year to blockbustign and not ask questions. From inside the book.

Katzenbach and Douglas K. Want to Read saving…. May 13, Erika RS rated it it was amazing Shelves: A Guide to Better Ideas Psychology: A light look at the creative process and common blocks that interfere with it.

You’ll have a surge of new ideas after reading it and you’ll start looking at your problems in new and useful ways.

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas – James L. Adams – Google Books

You should not only be able to vividly form complete images conceprual to also manipulate them blockbisting Of Flow and Angst: In authoritative systems individuals attempt to perform well according to their job descriptions.

Overall, the book provides an accessible and concise overview of different blocks to creativity and how to overcome them. We cannot process all of the data available to us in raw form.


Innovative companies reward both success and failure assuming it follows a valiant attempt and punish inaction.

Cultural and Cohceptual Blocks Cultural blocks: Perceptual blocks are obstacles that prevent the problem-solver from clearly perceiving either the problem itself or the information needed to solve the problem. Some blocks will seem nonsensical and learning about others may feel like a revelation. We have a one-watt mind in a megawatt world.

These languages include verbal, visual, mathematical, sensory languages verbal and mathematical are usually the most developed, because of cultural bias. Excellent book for remove mental blocks and reexamine ways we thinking to solve problems.

Adams opens the preface for the first edition of Conceptual Blockbusting, in bloclbusting, “Few people like problems”.

Mar 01, Dan rated it liked it. Adams calls these obstacles conceptual blocks.

You should allow the mind to struggle with problems over time. We also blockbisting from using broad approaches that do not favor analysis over synthesis, convergence over divergence or deduction over induction.

Techniques are will allow you to overcome these blocks Chapter 8: Don’t assume it is just another book about problem solving. The main premise for the book is thinking is mostly automatic and happen subconsciously, bring that subconscious process to conscious realm, make the conceptual block that inhibit it clear and we will be come better problem solver and be more creative.

There are occasional exercises which would be interesting with a group of people, but are of limited value to the lone reader.

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas

Regarded in i Interesting read! Adams does a great job of proving and reinforcing the concepts with exercises throughout the book.


There are certainly better forms of thinking that can be identified and practiced. He defined creative acts as the combination of previously unrelated structures in such a way that you get more out of the emergent whole than you have put in.

You will never find a solution if you constrain your problem area – Inability to see the Problem from Various Viewpoints: Apparently, it is not good and indeed it hinders the creative work of the mind – if the intellect examines too closely the ideas already pouring in, as it were, at the jxmes.

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Conceptual blockbusting: a guide to better ideas – James L. Adams – Google Books

Logic is the tool that is used to dig holes deeper and bigger, to make them altogether better holes. Here, I will make an observation, and illustrate it by an allegory. Aug 07, Scott rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Employing unconventional exercises and other interactive elements, Adams shows individuals, teams, and organizations how to overcome these blocks, embrace alternative ways of thinking about complex problems, and celebrate the joy of creativity.

A lot of these blocks may seem intuitive, but it’s important to remember them and identify them in our thinking patterns. Perceptual Blocks – Stereotyping: Books by James L.