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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We have concepthal one-watt mind in a megawatt world. Adams makes the jjames that having good ideas does I read this book as part of my personal development goals at work. That said, perhaps the most powerful aspect of the book is to treat creativity as a skill, and one that can be honed, and perhaps the mere awareness of that fact will be enough to get better over time.

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

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But if the hole is in jwmes wrong place, then no amount of improvement is going to put it in the right place. The list of blocks concsptual get in the way of creative thinking are also useful, and the discussion of the psychology around them is fascinating, but I walked away without a keen awareness of how to get past all of these blocks, other than brainstorming and making lists.


It is not too difficult in any large organization to find people whose job is to prevent mistakes. You should allow the mind to struggle with problems over time. We do this instead of spending some time to actually understand the problem and solve it correctly Outline to the rest of the book Chapter The subject of the book seems a bit elementary based on the title – “Conceptual Blockbusting”, but there is a lot to be learned.

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas

concfptual Adams calls these obstacles conceptual blocks. The mind, therefore, depends heavily on structures, models, and stereotypes. I feel like more of these how-to creativity books should gain popularity.

acams In fact, Adams argues that it is similar to a muscle that can be exercised and strengthened. Our ability as thinkers is dependent on our range and skill with our own tools. A desire for order is therefore necessary.

Preview — Conceptual Blockbusting by James L. The same method can be applied to conceptual tools. Refresh and try again. Although I didn’t do all or even most of the exercises, I still found the book fascinating and enlightening.

It definitely has some interesting brain teasers and questions the way you formulate and solve problems.

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas by James L. Adams

You’ll have a surge of new ideas after reading it and you’ll start looking at your problems in new and useful ways. When facing a problem, our brain hides most of the idea-generation process in the same way it hides the move-generation process when trying to hit a ball with a baseball bat.


To familiarize yourself with a tool, you may experiment with it, test it in different situations, and evaluate its usefulness. Cultural and Environmental Blocks Cultural blocks: May 26, Blockbustkng rated it it was amazing.

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Techniques are will allow you to overcome these blocks Chapter 8: James Adams’s unique approach to generating ideas and solving problems has captivated, inspired, and guided thousands of people from all walks of life.

Obviously, when you produce and try to sell a creative idea you are taking a risk: Addison-Wesley- Concepts – pages.

Jun conceptuap, Marjori rated it really liked it. They also include cultural and environmental blocks like taboos, traditions and changes, and non-supportive environments. 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.

Practical steps for ex This is one of those books you’ll want to read once a year. Emotional Blocks – Fear of Taking a Risk: These blocks are limiting your ideas and keeping you from reaching higher levels of creativity.

Not all blocks apply to all people.