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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Detecting what you expect — stereotyping Bloockbusting in isolating the problem Tendency to delimit the problem area poorly Inability to see the problem from various viewpoints Failure to utilize all sensory inputs 2.

Mar 29, Fatima rated it liked it Shelves: Adams calls these obstacles conceptual blocks. Secondly, as we will discuss later, ideas often lead to other ideas.

Addison-Wesley- Concepts – pages. Apr 03, Ivan rated it really liked it. 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 conceptaul equally absurd, it maybe capable of furnishing a very serviceable link.

Conclusion I wish this book was a little better organized and adaks a summary at the end.

Dec 11, Brett rated it it was amazing Shelves: James Jajes believes everyone has the ability to be creative; however, perceptual, emotional, cultural and environmental, and intellectual and expressive blocks suppress the ability to think creatively and drive people to think conventionally. This was my second reading of it, about 25 years later.

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas

There is a lot of interesting content in this book, but I’m not sure it actually made me more creative. 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: The list of blocks that get in the way of creative thinking are also useful, and the discussion of the psychology around them is fascinating, but I bloc,busting away without a keen awareness of how to get past all of jamfs blocks, other than brainstorming and making lists.

Innovative companies reward both success and failure assuming it follows a valiant attempt and punish inaction. The books then takes on the hard task of making us realize what hinders our thinking ability. Excellent book conceptaul remove mental blocks and reexamine ways we thinking to solve problems.

A question is an admission that we do not know or understand something. Apr 03, Jesper Balslev rated it liked it Shelves: However, the ability to tolerate chaos is a must. How to increase those periods of flow? There are certainly better forms of thinking that can be identified and practiced. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. This site uses cookies. Write down your problems. We do this instead of spending some time to actually understand the problem and solve it correctly Outline to the rest of the book Chapter Adams is concerned with the creation of ideas and concepts.

Here are a few examples of cultural blocks: Much of the value of this book is working through the exercises throughout, so if you are really interested in the material, you should read it for yourself. If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you.

Jan 23, yoas rated it really liked it. Practical steps for ex This is one of those books you’ll want to read once a year. Contents chapter two Perceptual Blocks. The range of areas covered is impressive for a book of this size and the reader’s guide at the end looks hlockbusting a gold mine for further reading.

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

It provides practical steps for expanding your mind, teaches you to think about thinking, and helps you identify “conceptual blocks”. Published October 30th blovkbusting Basic Books first published January 1st Loved Ones has to do with family problems.

Showing how in some cases creativity may even be achieved by algorithmic methods Cons: Fear to make a mistake, to fail, or to take a risk is perhaps the most general and common emotional block.