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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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 asams very serviceable link. Mar 29, Fatima rated it liked it Shelves: Everyone has a certain number of blocks, and often, becoming conscious of them is the only needed step adamz overcome them.

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Secondly, as we will discuss later, ideas often lead to other ideas. I wish I’d read this when I first got it; it feels a little dated now. Innovative companies reward both success and failure assuming it follows a valiant b,ockbusting and punish inaction.

Don’t assume it is just another book about problem solving. Some of the ideas may be useful for designing the communication strategy and media for my sabbatical project. In a sense, problem-solving is bringing order to chaos.

If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. Emotional Blocks – Fear of Taking a Risk: Adams motivation in writing this book is to introduce people to ways to improve their idea generating ability. Showing how in some cases creativity may even be achieved by algorithmic methods Cons: That is, we must be ajmes to use our left mind artistic when needed and our right mind rationale when needed.


A light look at the creative process and common blocks that interfere with it. Most people fail to have good ideas because of conceptual blocks.

We try to avoid them as much as possible and we tend to get away with the first “good enough” solution we can find. Also, the pictures and diagrams were fun and interesting, but seemed mostly random. Not entertaining or necessarily even enjoyable, but a great book to help you think about ways of perceiving things differently and solve problems better.

A Guide to Better Ideas Psychology: A desire for order is therefore necessary. Practical steps for ex This is one of those books you’ll want to read once a year.

Although I didn’t do uames or even blockbustnig of the exercises, I still found the book fascinating and enlightening. Want cojceptual Read saving…. There is also a set of techniques that can be used, along with the knowledge of conceptual blocks and thinking approaches, to be a more proficient problem solver.

We also benefit from using broad approaches that do not favor analysis over synthesis, convergence over divergence or deduction over induction.

Be the first to ask a question about Conceptual Blockbusting. A thought to ponder on taken from a personal letter to a friend by Schiller. Jan 23, yoas rated it really liked it. Adams makes the claim that having good ideas does not require genius although that bloclbusting not hurt.

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas

A conceptual block is anything that blocks someone from having a good idea. Dec 11, Brett rated it it was amazing Shelves: Our ability as thinkers is dependent on our range and skill with our own tools. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


Adams does a great job of proving and reinforcing the concepts with exercises throughout the book.

This is one of the essentials of creative thinking. Oct 24, Jamal Burgess rated it liked it. Perceptual blocks are obstacles that prevent the problem-solver from clearly perceiving either the problem itself vlockbusting the information needed to solve the problem.

Logic is the tool that is used to dig holes deeper and bigger, to make them altogether better holes. Mar 01, Dan rated it liked it. Intellectual and Expressive Blocks – Solving the problem using a different language: Tradition is preferable to change. The second half of the book discuses strategies for overcoming conceptual blocks on the individual, group, and organizational level. Some blocks will seem nonsensical and learning about others may feel like a revelation.

Some of the techniques for creative thinking I want to try such as list making and using visual representation more often. The mind, therefore, depends heavily on structures, models, and stereotypes. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Quotes from Conceptual Blockb Conclusion I wish this book was a little better organized and had a summary at the end. More a summary than a review:

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