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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This proven and popular book is packed with eye-opening exercises and original thought problems that will stretch your mind. From New Think by Edward de Bono: Contents chapter two Perceptual Blocks. Here, I will make an observation, and illustrate it by an allegory.

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Feb 07, Ruth rated it it was amazing Recommended to Ruth by: Open Preview See a Problem? Conclusion I wish this book was a little better organized and had a summary at the end. 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 attend and not ask questions. Some of the exercises are best done with more than one person; I was not able to do those.

My full summary, including a description of all the blocks Adams describes and how to avoid them can be found here. In fact any answer to a problem releases tension. From inside the book.

Becoming conscious of this process is the first step to improve it and the first step become proficient problem-solver. Common terms and phrases ability Abraham Maslow Alex Osborn answer apple approach aware become behavior better brainstorming Breathe Chapter conceptual blocks conceptual process conscious contain creative person creative thinking cultural block developed difficult discuss drawing effective ego and superego ego needs emotional block environment evaluation example exercise experience extremely fantasy feel flexibility Frank Barron groups and organizations ideas images imagination important individual inhibit inputs interesting intrinsic motivation Invent involved J.

Now, twenty-five years after its original publication, Conceptual Blockbusting has never been more relevant, powerful, or fresh. The list of blocks that get in the way of There is a lot of interesting content in this book, but I’m not sure it actually made me more creative. 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.


It took me too mush time to read this book to the extent that I cannot review 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.

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

Bob Sutton, an organizational behavior professor at Stanford, is fond of saying that non-innovative companies reward success, punish failure, and accept inaction. Be the first to ask a question about Conceptual Blockbusting. Oct 24, Jamal Burgess rated it liked it.

Allow the mind to struggle with the problem, forget about it and then come back to it. Concepyual by James L. 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 conce;tual and be more creative.

Other editions – View all Conceptual Blockbusting: Adams Snippet view – Adams Limited preview – To familiarize yourself with a tool, you may experiment with it, test it in different situations, and evaluate its usefulness. Nov 13, Don Gubler rated it liked it Shelves: Bloclbusting the case of a creative mind, it seems to me, the intellect has withdrawn ocnceptual watchers from the gates, and the ideas rush in pell-mell, and only then does it review and inspect the multitude. I feel like more of these how-to creativity books should gain popularity.

W More a summary than a review: The author encourages us to become skilled in several thinking languages instead of always picking the one we’re comfortable with.


Adams argues that our ability to generate ideas is much like any other ability: Very interesting read blofkbusting made me re-thinking how I approach problems. John Bohn rated it it was amazing Jan 28, I was surprised by how often I fell right into the traps of these exercises and how well they highlighted my familiar and limiting thinking patterns. Adams calls these obstacles conceptual blocks. I feel there’s generally a gap in our education that we need to fill.

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Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas

First of all, newly formed ideas are fragile and imperfect–they need time to mature and acquire the detail needed to make them believable. 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.

A conceptual block is anything that blocks someone from having a good idea.

Hence your complaints of unfruitfulness, for you reject too soon and discriminate too severely. Although the first half the book also talks about how to avoid blocks, the second half of the book goes into more detail about specific strategies for avoiding blocks. Concepttual read this book as part of my personal development goals at work.

Apr 03, Ivan rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Apr 03, Jesper Balslev rated it liked it Shelves: It took too much time to finish the book, with long hiatuses. Overall, I highly recommend reading this book to expose the mental blocks which are holding back your ideas. If you analyze or judge too early in the problem-solving process, you will reject many ideas.