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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Conceptual Blockbusting by James L. James Adams's unique approach to generating ideas and solving problems has captivated, inspired, and guided thousands of people from all walks of life.
Now, twenty-five years after its original publication, Conceptual Blockbusting has never been more relevant, powerful, or fresh. 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. 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.
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. With new examples and contemporary references, Conceptual Blockbusting is guaranteed to introduce a new generation of readers to a world of new possibilities. Get A Copy. Paperback , Fourth Edition , pages. Published October 30th by Basic Books first published January 1st More Details Original Title.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 20, Tomas Ramanauskas rated it liked it Shelves: creativity , non-fiction. Hard to argue with classic, yet it is a bit too much of a collection of namedropping other books and too little its own invention. Creativity is a muscle and it can be trained. Creative people have less fear.
Group think works if the participants delay judgement. That is almost it. May 13, Erika RS rated it it was amazing Shelves: owned , physical. I read this book as part of my personal development goals at work. 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. My full summary, including a description of all the blocks Adams describes and how to avoid them can be found here. Adams motivation in writing this book is to introduce people to ways to improve their idea generating ability.
Adams makes the claim that having good ideas does I read this book as part of my personal development goals at work. Adams makes the claim that having good ideas does not require genius although that does not hurt.
Most people fail to have good ideas because of conceptual blocks. A conceptual block is anything that blocks someone from having a good idea. 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.
Some of the exercises are best done with more than one person; I was not able to do those. The second half of the book discuses strategies for overcoming conceptual blocks on the individual, group, and organizational level. Although the first half the book also talks about how to avoid blocks, the second half of the book goes into more detail about specific strategies for avoiding blocks. Not all blocks apply to all people. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses.
Some blocks will seem nonsensical and learning about others may feel like a revelation. It is also important to note that Adams does not claim that creativity is the be all and end all. However, he chose to focus on creativity in his book because he feels that, in the context of the group he is writing for Americans with at least a fairly decent education , creativity is an underdeveloped skill compared to rationality and diligent hard work. All of these factors are important for success.
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. Adams has written a book that manages to cram a lot of information on creativity into pages. He is clear about which of his statements are scientifically justified, which are justified by his experience and the experience of others, and which are just his own ideas. Overall, the book provides an accessible and concise overview of different blocks to creativity and how to overcome them.
Plus, the exercises are fun! Mar 29, Fatima rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction , psychology. Some ideas here and there, personally I was bored at times a lot of exercises.. 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..
How to increase those periods of flow? Tradition is preferable to change. Environmental blocks: distractions, lack of trust, lack of support. One way is to list all the attributes of the object and under each attribute list all the possible alternatives Improve a ball-point pen: list all attributes: Cylindrical Plastic.. Langer Intelligence, Creativity by J.
Lapp Memory, by Larry R. Squire and Eric R. Katzenbach and Douglas K. Oct 05, Yevgeniy Brikman rated it really liked it. There is a lot of interesting content in this book, but I'm not sure it actually made me more creative.
The list of blocks that get in the way of There is a lot of interesting content in this book, but I'm not sure it actually made me more creative.
The list of blocks that get in the way of creative thinking are also useful, and the discussion of the psychology around them is fascinating, but I walked away without a keen awareness of how to get past all of these blocks, other than brainstorming and making lists.
That said, perhaps the most powerful aspect of the book is to treat creativity as a skill, and one that can be honed, and perhaps the mere awareness of that fact will be enough to get better over time. Some good quotes from the book: We have a one-watt mind in a megawatt world. We cannot process all of the data available to us in raw form. The mind, therefore, depends heavily on structures, models, and stereotypes.
Perceptual blocks are obstacles that prevent the problem-solver from clearly perceiving either the problem itself or the information needed to solve the problem. Once a label professor, housewife, black, chair, butterfly, automobile, laxative has been applied, people are less likely to notice the actual qualities or attributes of what is being labeled.
From New Think by Edward de Bono : Logic is the tool that is used to dig holes deeper and bigger, to make them altogether better holes. But if the hole is in the wrong place, then no amount of improvement is going to put it in the right place.
No matter how obvious this may seem to every digger, it is still easier to go on digging in the same place than to start all over again in a new place. Vertical thinking is digging the same hole deeper; lateral thinking is trying again elsewhere. Fear to make a mistake, to fail, or to take a risk is perhaps the most general and common emotional block. When we fail we are made to realize that we have let others down usually someone we love. 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.
Obviously, when you produce and try to sell a creative idea you are taking a risk: of making a mistake, failing, making an ass of yourself, losing money, hurting yourself, or whatever. In a sense, problem-solving is bringing order to chaos. A desire for order is therefore necessary. However, the ability to tolerate chaos is a must. If you analyze or judge too early in the problem-solving process, you will reject many ideas. This is detrimental for two reasons.
Conceptual Blockbusting : A Guide to Better Ideas, Fourth Edition
Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas