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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They are the mental walls that block the problem solver from correctly perceiving a problem or conceiving its solution. A question is an admission that we do not know or understand something.

Regarded in i Interesting read! Incubation is important in problem-solving. 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.

Published October 30th by Basic Books first published January 1st These blocks are limiting your ideas and keeping you from blockubsting higher levels of creativity. 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 conceptuql to attend and not ask questions. The books then takes on the hard task of making us realize what hinders our thinking ability.

It’s not really a book that did a good job holding my attention; I found myself putting it down and picking it back up over a years time. We try to avoid them as much as possible and concsptual tend to get away with the first “good blockbustjng solution we can find.

A Guide to Better Ideas Psychology: Bloxkbusting of the exercises are best done with more than one person; I was not able to do those. The author encourages us to become skilled in several thinking languages instead of always picking the one we’re comfortable with.


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Oct 05, Yevgeniy Brikman rated it really liked it. We do this instead of spending some time to actually understand the problem and solve it correctly Outline Some ideas here and there, personally I was bored at times a lot of exercises.

The general ideas in this book were decent but it took a long time to get through. Perceptual Blocks – Stereotyping: I read this one for a class. You should allow the mind to struggle with problems over time. Books by James L.

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

The Introduction to Process Notebook, also by Interaction Associates, summarized the situation as follows: Smartness is often associated with the amount of knowledge we possess.

Adams is concerned with the creation of ideas and concepts. That is, we must be able to use our left mind artistic when needed and our right mind rationale when needed. In the case of a creative mind, it seems to me, the intellect has withdrawn its watchers from the gates, and the ideas rush in jamrs, and only then does blockbustinv review and inspect the multitude.

Want conceptuap Read Currently Reading Read. One way is to list all the attributes of the object and under each attribute list all the possible alternatives Improve a ball-point pen: A light look at the creative process and common blocks that interfere with it.

Guilford Jim Bagnall judgment language large organizations M. The second half of adamd book discuses strategies for overcoming conceptual blocks on the individual, group, and organizational level. Becoming conscious of this process is the first step to improve it and the first step become proficient problem-solver.

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas

Not entertaining or necessarily even enjoyable, but a great book to help you think about ways of perceiving things differently and solve problems better. This was my second reading of it, about 25 years later. There are occasional exercises which would be interesting with a group of people, but are of limited value to the lone reader.


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. 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.

Conceptual Blockbusting James L. Conclusion I wish this book was a little better organized and had a summary at the end.

Very interesting read that made me re-thinking how I approach problems. Adams makes the claim that having good ideas does not require genius although that does not hurt. Some ideas here and there, personally I was bored at times a lot of exercises. They include emotional blocks like the fear of taking a risk, no appetite for chaos, and judging rather than generating new ideas. From New Think by Edward de Bono: Regarded in isolation, an idea maybe quite insignificant, and venturesome in the extreme, but it may acquire importance from an idea which follows it; perhaps in certain collocation with other ideas, which may seem equally absurd, it maybe capable of furnishing a very serviceable link.

To view it, click here. Apr 03, Ivan rated it really liked it. However, he chose to focus on creativity in his book because he feels that, in the context of the group he is writing for Americans with at least a fairly decent educationcreativity is an underdeveloped skill compared to rationality and diligent hard work.