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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The general ideas in this book were decent but it took a long time to get through. 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 blkckbusting to get better over time.

The subject of the book seems a bit elementary based on the title – “Conceptual Blockbusting”, but there is a lot to be learned. However, in order to build a questioning attitude, I have been asking questions with people that I trust would not judge me.

Dec 11, Brett rated it it was amazing Shelves: Refresh and try again. These include perceptual blocks like stereotyping, delimiting the problem too closely, inability to see the problem from various viewpoints.

08) James Adams – Conceptual Blockbusting | Thoughts from the Entry Level

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 blockbusging do to enhance your seeing ability is to see things and then draw them – Visual imagery 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: Kinds of Blockbusters — The most important methods for breaking these internal blocks are having a questioning attitude and working on the right problem.


One solution is to simply write down the consequences of taking that risk – No Appetite for Chaos: Jun 01, Dennis rated it it was amazing. This entry was posted in Book Reviews.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Innovative companies reward both success and failure assuming it follows coneptual valiant attempt and punish inaction. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses.

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

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Bob Sutton, an organizational behavior professor at Stanford, is fond of saying that non-innovative companies reward success, fonceptual failure, and accept inaction.

Oct 05, Yevgeniy Brikman rated it really liked it. Adame identifies different kinds of blocks — perceptual, emotional, cultural and intellectual — which limit the divergence in early phases of There is a lot of interesting content in this book, but I’m not sure it actually made me more creative. Solving the problem using an incorrect language verbal, mathematical, visual Inflexible use of intellectual problem-solving strategies Lack of, or incorrect, information Inadequate language skill to express and record ideas verbally, musically, visually, etc.


Apr 03, Jesper Balslev rated it liked it Shelves: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: This allows you to approach any situation and come up with the best idea or best answer. More a summary than a review: Conceptual Blockbusting James L. Mar 01, Dan rated it liked it.

We all fall admas familiar thinking patterns when we are trying to solve problems.

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas

Just as we use physical tools for physical tasks, we employ conceptual tools for conceptual tasks. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Arman rated it really liked it Aug 19, In authoritative systems individuals attempt to perform well according to their job descriptions. This book is on my booklist for spring semester We do this instead of spending some time to actually understand the problem and solve it correctly Outline Some ideas blocibusting and there, personally I was bored at times a lot of exercises. To view it, click here.