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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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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.

It is also important to note that Adams does not claim that creativity is the be all and end all. Escher Maslow mathematical mental mind motivation number of arrangements output pine cones possible prob probably problem problem-solving problem-solving process productivity psychology puzzle questions reason requires result right-handed thinking scientific scientific management sensory situation smell social solution solve specific stereotyping strategies Synectics techniques theory things thinking modes thought tion unconscious unconscious mind usually Vertical thinking visual imagery visual thinking York.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Secondly, as we xdams discuss later, ideas often lead to other ideas. Want blockbustign Read saving….

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

Vertical vs Lateral thinking – Saturation: Oct 24, Jamal Burgess rated it arams it. We try to avoid them as much as possible and we tend to get away with the first “good enough” solution we can find.

Not entertaining or necessarily even enjoyable, but a great book to help you think about ways of perceiving things differently and solve problems better.


In the case glockbusting a creative mind, it seems to me, the intellect has withdrawn its watchers from the gates, and the ideas rush in pell-mell, and only then does it review and inspect the multitude. Adams makes the claim that having good ideas does not require genius although that does not hurt.

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

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

However, the ability to tolerate chaos is a must. We learn as we grow older that it is good to be smart.

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

These languages include verbal, visual, mathematical, sensory languages verbal and mathematical are usually the most developed, because of cultural bias. I read this book as part of my personal development goals at work. Bob Sutton, an organizational behavior professor at Stanford, is fond of saying that non-innovative companies reward success, punish failure, and accept inaction.

I feel like more of these how-to creativity books should gain popularity. Account Options Sign in. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Conclusion I wish this book was a little better organized and had a summary at the end.

A desire for order is therefore necessary. 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 bored at times a lot of exercises. ada,s

Showing how in some cases creativity may even be achieved by algorithmic methods Cons: It is poor planning not to allow adequate time for incubation in the solution of an important problem. Much of the value of this book is working through the exercises throughout, so if you are really interested in the material, you should read it for yourself.


Also, the pictures and diagrams were fun and interesting, but seemed mostly random. Be the first to ask a question about Conceptual Blockbusting. Quotes from Conceptual Blockb A lot of these blocks may seem intuitive, but it’s important to remember them and identify them in our thinking patterns.

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas

Techniques are will allow you to overcome these blocks Chapter 8: James Adams’s unique approach to generating ideas and solving problems has captivated, inspired, and guided thousands of people from all walks of life. Fear to make a mistake, to fail, or to take a risk is perhaps the most general and common emotional block. Nov 13, Don Gubler rated it liked it Shelves: If you analyze or judge too early in the problem-solving process, you will reject many ideas.

Adams Snippet view – Integrating insights blockbustint 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 lbockbusting our fertile minds.

Katzenbach and Douglas K. But if the hole is in the wrong place, then no amount of improvement is going to put it in the right place. 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.

Thanks for telling us about the problem.

A camel is a horse designed by committee. There are certainly better forms of thinking that can be identified and practiced.