James Adams’s unique approach to generating ideas and solving problems has captivated, inspired, and guided thousands of people from all walks of life. The best-selling guide to overcoming creative blocks and unleashing a torrent of great ideas-updated for a new generation of problem solvers. Adams is concerned with the creation of ideas and concepts. He identifies different kinds of blocks – perceptual, emotional, cultural and intellectual – which limit.

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Not entertaining or necessarily even enjoyable, but a great book to help you think about ways of perceiving things differently and solve problems better.

Conceptual Blockbusting James L. A camel is a horse designed by committee. Are you working on the core problems lots of arrows out or the symptoms lots of arrows in?

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All of these factors are important for success. Oct 05, Yevgeniy Brikman rated it really liked it. Adams opens the preface for the first edition of Conceptual Blockbusting, in”Few people like problems”. Be the first to ask a question about Conceptual Blockbusting. Langer Intelligence, Creativity by J. To ask other readers questions about Conceptual Blockbustingplease sign up. Secondly, as we will discuss later, ideas often lead to other ideas.

Wonderfully written, with plenty of examples, insights, and best of all experiences, to concwptual guide and expand your creativity.

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas

We concetual to avoid them as much as possible and we tend to get away with the first “good enough” solution we can find. Bob Sutton, an organizational behavior professor at Stanford, is fond of saying that non-innovative companies reward success, punish failure, and accept inaction.


These languages include verbal, visual, mathematical, sensory languages verbal and mathematical are usually the most developed, because of cultural bias. I feel like more of these how-to creativity books should gain popularity. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: I xdams that a lot of people could use the concepts in this book.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: From New Think by Edward de Bono: Material Goods includes those having to do with your house, apartment, physical possessions, economic situation, and so on. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. While Adams believes that conventional thinking appropriately solves many problems, he provides the tools blockgusting allow people to adamw creatively bllckbusting well.

Email required Address never made public. Best book i ever read on this theme. Conceptual blocks come from ourselves, our education, our environment, our culture 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.

Identify “Conceptual blocks” You will start to realize all the conceptual “blocks” that are obstructing on your ideas. Cultural and Environmental Blocks — Cultural blocks slow creativity because if you act and think outside cultural bounds, you risk exclusion from the group that shares the culture.

Becoming conscious of this process is the first step to coonceptual it and the first step become proficient problem-solver. Hence your complaints of unfruitfulness, for you reject too soon and discriminate too severely.

Adams Addison-Wesley- Concepts – pages 2 Reviews https: Some of the ideas may be useful for designing the communication strategy and media for my sabbatical project. It is not too difficult in any large organization to find people whose job is jamds prevent mistakes.


Can you identify solvable core problems that would make many others on the sheet blocckbusting Everything having to do with your profession, co-workers, boss, etc. Overall, the book provides an accessible and concise overview of different blocks to creativity and how to overcome them.

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I like the book. This is one of those books you’ll want to read once a year. Jul 25, Dearwassily rated it liked it. Excellent book for remove mental blocks and reexamine ways blockusting thinking to solve problems. The subject of the book seems a bit elementary based on the title – “Conceptual Blockbusting”, but there is a lot to be learned. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The same method can be applied to conceptual tools.

Once a label professor, housewife, black, chair, blcokbusting, automobile, laxative has been applied, people are less likely to notice the actual qualities or attributes of what is being labeled. Preview — Conceptual Blockbusting by James L. If you analyze or judge too early in the problem-solving process, you will reject many ideas. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Thoughts from the Entry Level. You should allow the mind to struggle with problems over time. The second half of the book discuses strategies for overcoming conceptual blocks on the individual, group, and organizational level.

Not all blocks apply to all people.

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