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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Adams motivation in writing this book is to introduce people to ways to improve their blocibusting generating ability. Oct 24, Jamal Burgess rated it liked it.

Overall, I highly recommend reading concepual book to expose the mental blocks which are holding back your ideas. They also include cultural and environmental blocks like taboos, traditions and changes, and non-supportive environments.

I read this one for a class. In authoritative systems individuals attempt to perform well according to their job descriptions. Apr 03, Jesper Balslev rated it liked it Shelves: First of all, newly formed ideas are fragile and imperfect–they need time to mature and acquire the detail needed to make them believable.

Zdams have a one-watt mind in a megawatt world. Perceptual Blocks – Stereotyping: An interesting look at creativity with salient examples. However, the ability to tolerate chaos is a must. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. There are occasional exercises which would be interesting with a group of people, but are of limited value to the lone reader. If you are never relaxed, your mind is usually on guard against non-serious activities, with resulting difficulties in the type of thinking necessary for fluent and flexible conceptualization.

Conceptual blockbusting: a guide to better ideas – James L. Adams – Google Books

Lapp Memory, by Larry R. Allow the mind to struggle with the problem, forget about it and then come back to it. Adams does jamse great job of proving and reinforcing the concepts with exercises throughout the book.


A question is an admission that we do not know or understand something. Arthur Koestler was an important writer who among other topics, treated conceptualization. But if the hole is in janes wrong place, then no amount of improvement is going to put it in the right place.

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas

Hence your complaints of unfruitfulness, for you reject too soon and discriminate too severely. In fact any answer to a problem releases tension.

Adams calls these obstacles conceptual blocks. This is detrimental for two reasons. Adams teaches us to think about thinking in the same way that a golfer would think about his golf form.

We all fall into familiar thinking patterns when we are trying to solve problems. Jun 01, Dennis rated jamed it was amazing. My main criticism would be that it’s hard to see how it really fits into other literature I’ve read about the engineering problem solving process, management, etc.

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How can they affect our thinking ability? The subject of the book seems a bit elementary based on the title – “Conceptual Blockbusting”, but there is a lot to be learned.

Some of the exercises are best done with more than one person; I was not able to do those. I really enjoyed this book and liked that it challenges current concepts that we hold as a way of seeing things differently. May 26, Roman rated it it was amazing. They are the mental walls that block the problem solver from correctly perceiving a problem or conceiving its solution.

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas – James L. Adams – Google Books

We learn as we grow older that it is good to be smart. 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. Preview — Conceptual Blockbusting by James L. Often times we just need to apply a different conxeptual strategy or language visual, mathematical, verbal, etc in order to see the problem in a different way and help get unstuck.


Alternate Thinking Language – This chapter stresses on alternating between a verbal, a mathematical and a visual approach to solving problems – One of the things you can do blockbuating enhance your seeing ability is to see things and then draw them – Visual blockbsting is both how sharp and filled the details are in your image and the second is control how well you can manipulate them Chapter 7: I think that a lot of people could use the concepts in this book.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jun 04, Marjori rated it really liked it. There are no discussion fonceptual on this book yet. The second half of the book discuses strategies for overcoming conceptual blocks on the individual, group, and organizational level. Mar 01, Dan rated it liked it. Adamz definitely has some interesting brain teasers and questions the way you formulate and solve problems.

This ocnceptual one of the essentials of creative thinking. Secondly, as we will discuss later, ideas often lead to other ideas. From New Think by Edward de Bono: The Introduction to Process Notebook, also by Interaction Associates, summarized the situation as follows: