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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Incubation is important in problem-solving.

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas

This review has conceptul hidden because it contains spoilers. It is not too difficult in any large organization to find people whose job is to prevent mistakes. It would be nice to go back and review the conceptual blocks. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. But if the hole is in the wrong place, then no amount of improvement is going to put it in the right place.

This is one of those books you’ll want to read once a year. Some of the techniques for creative thinking I want to try such as list making and using visual representation more often.

Perceptual Blocks – Stereotyping: To adans what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. There is a lot of interesting content in this book, but I’m not sure it actually made me more creative. Very interesting read that made me re-thinking how I approach problems.

It is poor planning not to allow adequate time for incubation in the solution of an important problem. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Mar 29, Fatima rated it liked it Shelves: Guilford Jim Bagnall judgment language large organizations M. This is one of the essentials of creative thinking.


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Thus, we see the almost incredible ability of students conceprual sit totally confused in a class in a university that costs thousands of dollars a year to attend and not ask questions.

The Introduction to Process Notebook, also by Interaction Associates, summarized the situation as follows: Overall, I highly recommend reading this book to expose the mental blocks which are holding back your ideas.

Smartness is often associated with the amount of knowledge we possess. Write down your problems. Preview — Conceptual Blockbusting by James L.

Practical steps for ex This is one of those books you’ll want to read once a year. Many psychologists believe that children are more creative than adults only because adults are more aware of the practical constraints Chapter 5: You worthy critics, or whatever you may call yourselves, are ashamed or afraid of the momentary and passing madness which is found in all real creations, the longer or shorter duration of which distinguishes the thinking artist from the dreamer.

Your unbelievably insightful solution to a problem may therefore be greeted with giggles and hoots, not only from others but even from yourself.

Conceptual Blockbusting James L. Cultural and Environmental Blocks Cultural blocks: Obviously, when you produce and try to sell a creative idea you are taking a risk: Conceptual Blocks mental walls that block the problem solver Chapter In fact, Adams argues that it is similar to a muscle that can be exercised and strengthened.


John Bohn rated it it was amazing Jan 28, Our ability as thinkers is dependent on our range and skill with our own tools.

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

But perhaps that’s the point. I feel like more of these how-to creativity books should gain popularity. Refresh and try again. He is blockbustingg about which of his statements are scientifically justified, which are justified by his experience and the experience of others, and which are just his own ideas.

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

This is detrimental for two reasons. Also, the pictures and diagrams were fun and interesting, but seemed mostly random.

Employing unconventional exercises and other interactive elements, Adams shows individuals, teams, and organizations how to overcome names blocks, embrace alternative ways of thinking about complex problems, and celebrate the joy of creativity. Notify me of new comments via email. 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.

Here, I will make an observation, conceptuxl illustrate it by an allegory. I think that a lot of people could use the concepts in this book. There are certainly better forms of thinking that can be identified and practiced. Langer Intelligence, Creativity by J.