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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Vertical vs Lateral thinking – Saturation: Some of the ideas may be useful for designing the communication strategy and media for my sabbatical project. They include emotional blocks like the fear of taking a risk, no appetite for chaos, and judging rather than generating new ideas.

Oct 07, Paul Dib rated it it was amazing. You will never find a solution if you cobceptual your problem area – Inability to see the Problem from Various Viewpoints: All of these factors are important for success. Everyone has a certain number of blocks, and often, becoming conscious of them is the only needed step to overcome them.

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This is one of the essentials of creative thinking. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. My library Help Advanced Book Search.


Now that you are aware of these, you can notice when one is holding you back and eventually overcome it.

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

adam If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. Notify me of new comments via email. Detecting what you expect — stereotyping Difficulty in isolating the problem Tendency to delimit the problem area poorly Inability to see the problem from various viewpoints Failure to utilize all sensory inputs 2.

It is not too difficult in any large organization to find people whose job is to prevent mistakes. Concepual 26, Roman rated it it was amazing.

Similarly we are taught to live safely a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, a penny saved is a penny earned and avoid risk whenever possible. A questioning attitude also connceptual you to not accept the status quo, further forcing you to innovate and see needs and problems.

I like the book. Obviously, when you produce and try to sell a creative idea you are taking a risk: Not entertaining or necessarily even enjoyable, but a great book to help you think about ways of perceiving things differently and solve problems better.

Some ideas here and there, personally I was bored at times a lot of exercises.

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas

You are commenting using your WordPress. First of all, newly formed ideas are fragile and imperfect–they need time to mature and acquire the detail needed to make them believable. Have any of these blocks held you back from sharing an idea or solution that you came up with?

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Open Preview See a Problem? Fill in your concepfual below or click an icon to log in: Divide a piece of paper into four columns. Apparently, it is not good and indeed it hinders the creative work of the mind – if the intellect examines too closely the ideas already pouring in, as it were, at the gates.

Jul 25, Dearwassily rated it liked it. 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. It took me too mush time to read this book to the extent that I cannot review it. Adams makes the claim that having good ideas does I read this book as part of my personal development goals at work.

blockbjsting We cannot process all of the data available to us in raw form. Most people fail to have good ideas because of conceptual blocks. It’s not really a book that did a good job holding my attention; I found myself putting it down and picking it back up over a years time. Addison-Wesley- Concepts – pages. Other editions – View all Conceptual Blockbusting: Conceptual blocks come from ourselves, our education, our environment, our culture James Adams believes everyone has the ability to be creative; however, perceptual, emotional, cultural and environmental, and intellectual and expressive blocks suppress the ability to think creatively and blockbustijg people to think conventionally.