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5 Tips For Better Brainstorming

In Brainstorming on June 27, 2015 at 3:05 pm

Your employees have lots of ideas. So, be sure you provide the forums and mechanisms for your employees to share their ideas with you.

Hold at least a few brainstorming sessions each year, as well.

And, when you are brainstorming with your employees, try these five tips:

  1. Encourage ALL ideas.
  2. Don’t evaluate or criticize ideas when they are first suggested.
  3. Ask for wild ideas. Often, the craziest ideas end up being the most useful.
  4. Shoot for quantity not quality during brainstorming.
  5. Encourage everyone to offer new combinations and improvements of old ideas.

50 Ways To Brainstorm

In Brainstorming, Effective Communications, Employee Engagement, General Leadership Skills, Leadership, Leadership Books, Leadership Education, Leadership Skills, Management on February 15, 2012 at 9:08 pm

According to Brian Cole Miller in his new book, Quick Brainstorming Activities For Busy Managers, there are 50 ways to improve your brainstorming at your company or in your organization.

My favorite is the Paper Swap brainstorming activity:

  • A brainstorming technique where participants write their input on separate pieces of paper; then they swap papers and continue to add input.

Miller provides 49 other techniques in his book (released by Amacom last month), all of which take less than 15 minutes to complete.

For all brainstorming sessions, Miller reminds leaders that you should:

  • Focus on quantity not quality
  • Don’t allow criticism
  • Encourage wild ideas
  • Combine ideas for more ideas

Miller also suggests that the best starting question for a brainstorming session is a Focus Question — one that:

  • Uses the participants’ own language
  • Is personal to the participants and not the organization
  • Evokes responses with imagery

This is a must-read book for any manager who needs to effectively lead brainstorming sessions.

Thanks to the author for providing a preview copy of the book to me.

5 Ways To Get More Ideas From Your Employees

In Brainstorming, Company Culture, General Leadership Skills, Leadership, Leadership Education, Leadership Skills, Listening Skills, Management, Motivating Employees, Soliciting Feedback on November 4, 2011 at 6:52 am

Your employees have lots of ideas.  So, be sure you provide the forums and mechanisms for your employees to share their ideas with you.

Hold at least a few brainstorming sessions each year, as well.

And, when you are brainstorming with your employees, try these five tips:

  1. Encourage ALL ideas.
  2. Don’t evaluate or criticize ideas when they are first suggested.
  3. Ask for wild ideas.  Often, the craziest ideas end up being the most useful.
  4. Shoot for quantity not quality during brainstorming.
  5. Encourage everyone to offer new combinations and improvements of old ideas.
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