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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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The Introduction to Process Notebook, also by Interaction Associates, summarized the situation as follows: In authoritative systems individuals attempt to perform well according to their job descriptions.

These languages nlockbusting verbal, visual, mathematical, sensory languages verbal and mathematical are usually the most developed, because of cultural bias. Thus, we find people at cocktail parties listening politely to conversations they do not understand, and people in highly technical fields accepting jargon they do not understand. 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.

A desire for order is therefore necessary. We try to avoid them as much as possible and we tend to get away with the first “good enough” solution we can find. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.


I think that a lot of people could use the concepts in blocibusting book. This is one of those books you’ll want to read once a year. Expressive blocks result in difficulties communicating thoughts and ideas. Tradition is preferable to change.

Are you working on the core problems lots of arrows out or the symptoms lots of arrows in? Practical steps for expanding your mind This book will help you get unstuck when problem solving. I really blockbustihg this book and liked that it challenges current concepts that we hold as a way of seeing things differently.

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas

From inside the book. In fact, Adams argues that it is similar to a muscle that can be exercised and strengthened.

The general ideas in this book were decent but it took a long time to get through. Best book i ever read on this theme.

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

Jan 23, yoas rated it really liked it. There are occasional exercises which would be interesting with a group of blcokbusting, but are of limited value to the lone reader. Secondly, as we will discuss later, ideas often lead to other ideas. Adams Blockbustimg preview – Create a free website or blog at WordPress.

You will never find a solution if you constrain your problem area – Inability to see the Problem from Various Viewpoints: 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.


My main criticism would be that it’s hard to see how it really fits into other literature I’ve read about the engineering problem solving process, management, etc. It took me too mush time to read this book to the extent that I cannot review it. 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. Adams does a conceptial job of proving and reinforcing the concepts with exercises throughout the book.

Best part of the book is total absence of “get rich quick” stand. Allow the mind to struggle with the problem, forget about it and then come back to it.

Account Options Sign in. Cultural and Environmental Blocks — Cultural blocks slow creativity because if blockusting act and think outside cultural bounds, you risk exclusion from the group that shares the culture. We learn as we grow older that it is good to be smart. Oct 05, Yevgeniy Brikman rated it really liked it. Intellectual and Expressive Blocks – Solving the problem using a different language: