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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Mar 01, Dan rated it liked it. Also, the pictures and diagrams names fun and interesting, but seemed mostly random. The first half of the book describes different types of conceptual blocks and contains a number of exercises to help the reader understand the blocks and how to avoid them.

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John Bohn rated it it was amazing Jan 28, To see what your friends thought of this book, please adaams up. Cultural and Environmental Blocks — Cultural blocks slow creativity because if you act and think outside cultural bounds, you risk exclusion from the group that shares the culture.

Intellectual and Expressive Blocks — Intellectual blocks result in an inefficient choice of mental tactics.

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas

Return to Book Page. You’ll have a surge of new ideas after reading it and you’ll start looking at your problems in new and useful ways.

Integrating insights from the worlds of psychology, engineering, management, art, and philosop James Adams’s unique approach to generating ideas and solving problems has captivated, inspired, and guided thousands of people from all walks of life. It is poor planning not to allow adequate time for incubation in the solution of an important problem. Jan 30, Laura Chapman rated it really liked it Shelves: Adams teaches us to think about thinking in the same way that a golfer would think about his golf form.

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Contents chapter two Perceptual Blocks. It definitely has some interesting brain teasers and questions the way you formulate and solve problems.

This entry was posted in Book Reviews. Thus, we find people at cocktail parties listening politely to conversations they do not understand, and people in highly technical fields accepting jargon they do not understand. From inside the book.

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

You worthy critics, or whatever you may call yourselves, are ashamed or afraid of the blockbksting and passing madness which is found in all real creations, the longer or shorter duration of which distinguishes the thinking artist from the dreamer. All problems must have at least one arrow in there is a cause for everything or one out your problems are at least making you unhappy. Allow the mind to struggle with the problem, forget about it and then come back to it.

Becoming conscious of this donceptual is the first step to improve jamds and the first step become proficient problem-solver. No eBook available Amazon. 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 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: In the case of a creative mind, it seems to me, the intellect has withdrawn its watchers from the gates, and the ideas rush in pell-mell, and only then does it review and inspect the jsmes.

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The second half of the book discuses strategies for overcoming conceptual blocks on the individual, group, and organizational level. Doing so, we may lose the value of potentially better, more elegant solutions that were not the first to come to our minds. I sometimes will not ask questions out of a fear of looking dumb. If you are convinced, pick a core problem concsptual two and focus on them until they are solved.

I read this book as part of my personal development goals at work.

This was my second reading of it, about 25 years later. The intellect cannot judge all those ideas unless it can retain them until it has considered them in connection with these other ideas. Quotes from Conceptual Blockb Notify me of new comments via email.

Oct 24, Jamal Burgess rated it liked it. Apr 03, Ivan rated it really liked it. Some of the exercises are best done with adms than one person; I was not able to do those.

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