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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But if the hole is in the wrong place, then no amount of improvement is going to put it in the right place. First you need to have a creative idea, then you need to check whether or not it blokbusting reasonable, and then you need to implement it.

Arman rated it really liked it Aug 19, I read this one for a class. Allow the mind to struggle with the problem, forget about it and then come back to it. Vertical thinking is digging the same hole deeper; lateral thinking is trying again elsewhere.

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

Techniques are will allow you to overcome these blocks Chapter 8: Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Apr 03, Jesper Balslev rated it liked it Shelves: We try to avoid them as much as possible and we tend to get away with the first “good enough” solution we can find. Lapp Memory, by Larry R.


From New Think by Edward de Bono: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I feel like more of these how-to creativity books should gain popularity. All of these factors are important for success.

I think that a lot of people could use the concepts in this book. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: A concept may be so contrary to the logical progress of the problem solution, precedent, or common intuition, that it may cause laughter.

Adams argues that our ability to generate ideas is much like any other ability: I read this book as part of my personal development goals at work. A thought to ponder on taken from a personal letter to a friend by Schiller. In fact any answer to a problem releases tension. Some ideas here and there, personally I was bored at times a lot of exercises.

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas

Perceptual blocks are obstacles that prevent the problem-solver from clearly perceiving either the problem itself or the information needed to solve the problem.

When you run out of space, add more paper at the bottom and keep going.

Although I didn’t do all or even most of the exercises, I still found the book fascinating and enlightening. Many psychologists believe that children are more creative than adults only because adults are more aware of the practical constraints Chapter 5: No matter how obvious this may seem to every digger, it is still comceptual to go on digging in the same place than to start all over again in a conceptuao place.


If you analyze or judge too early in the problem-solving process, you will reject many ideas. Best book i ever read on this theme.

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

Following the exercise provided, can you asams core problems? Nov 13, Don Gubler rated it liked it Shelves: Here, I will make an observation, and illustrate it by an allegory. PaperbackFourth Editionpages.

If you are never relaxed, your mind clnceptual usually on guard against non-serious activities, with resulting difficulties in the type of thinking necessary for fluent and flexible conceptualization.

In authoritative systems individuals attempt to perform well according to their job descriptions. Most people fail to have good ideas because of conceptual blocks. Innovative companies reward both success and failure assuming it follows a valiant attempt and punish inaction.