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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You should allow the mind to struggle with problems 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.

jame Adams opens the preface for the first edition of Conceptual Blockbusting, in”Few people like problems”. The intellect cannot judge all those ideas unless it can retain them until it has considered them in connection with these other ideas.

Allow the mind to struggle with the problem, forget about it and then come back adms it. Bob Sutton, an organizational behavior professor at Stanford, is fond of saying that non-innovative companies reward success, punish failure, and accept inaction.

Adams does a great job of proving and reinforcing the concepts with exercises throughout the book. Contents chapter two Perceptual Blocks.

Just as we use physical tools for physical tasks, we employ conceptual tools for conceptual tasks. I feel like more of these how-to creativity books should gain popularity. Best part of the book is total absence of “get rich quick” stand. We try to avoid them as much as possible and we tend to get away with the first “good enough” solution we can find. He defined creative names as the combination of previously unrelated structures in such a way that you get more out aadms the emergent whole than you have put in.


Vertical thinking is digging the same hole deeper; lateral thinking is trying again elsewhere. Doing so, we may lose the value of potentially better, more elegant solutions that were not the first to come to our minds.

To view it, click here. Perceptual Blocks – Stereotyping: Adams calls these obstacles conceptual blocks. Nov 13, Don Gubler rated it liked it Shelves: First you need to have a creative idea, then you need to check whether or not it is reasonable, and then you need to implement it. Jan 30, Laura Chapman rated it really liked it Shelves: All of these factors are important for success. However, the ability to tolerate chaos is a must.

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

John Bohn rated it it was amazing Jan 28, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. We also benefit from using broad approaches that do not favor analysis over synthesis, convergence over divergence or deduction over induction. Katzenbach and Douglas K. A conceptual block is anything that blocks someone from having a good idea.

Dec 11, Brett rated it it was amazing Shelves: Don’t assume it is just another book about problem solving. We all fall into familiar thinking patterns when we are trying to solve problems. The main premise for the book is thinking jqmes mostly automatic and happen subconsciously, bring that subconscious process to conscious realm, make the conceptual block that inhibit it clear and we will be come better problem solver and be more creative.

A question is an admission that we do not know or understand something. Integrating insights from the worlds of psychology, engineering, management, art, and philosophy, Adams identifies the key blocks perceptual, emotional, cultural, environmental, intellectual, and expressive that prevent us from realizing the full potential of our fertile minds.

We do this instead of spending some time to actually understand the problem and solve it correctly Outline Some ideas here and there, personally I was conceptjal at times a lot of exercises.


Innovative companies reward both success and failure assuming it follows a valiant attempt and punish inaction.

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

Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses. Preview — Conceptual Blockbusting by James L. Oct 24, Jamal Burgess rated it liked it. Adams has written a book that manages to cram a lot of information on creativity into pages.

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas

Not entertaining or necessarily even enjoyable, but a great book to help you think about ways of perceiving things differently and solve problems better. They also include cultural hames environmental blocks like taboos, traditions and changes, and non-supportive environments.

This proven and popular book is packed with eye-opening exercises and original thought problems that will stretch your mind. Books by James L.

Employing unconventional exercises and other interactive elements, Adams shows individuals, teams, and organizations how to overcome these blocks, embrace alternative ways of thinking about complex problems, and celebrate the joy of creativity. Although I didn’t do all or even most of the exercises, I still found the book fascinating and enlightening. Concephual and Expressive Blocks – Solving the problem using a different language: These include perceptual blocks like stereotyping, delimiting the problem too closely, inability to see the problem from various viewpoints.

The general ideas in this book were decent but it took a long time to get through. Conclusion I wish this book was a little better organized and had a summary at the end.