12 Tips for Better Brainstorming in 2012

12 Tips for Better Brainstorming in 2012 2012 will almost certainly be “The Year of Ideas.” With a major national election on the horizon, cataclysmic changes in business, finance, society, culture—in both the online and offline arenas, big ideas will be in great demand. The truth is, we live in a world of continuous change, where the “status quo” is, in fact, a state of flux. Organizations and individuals must continuously reinvent themselves in order to remain relevant. Even your Facebook page format changes on a regular basis! If you and your team are going to be masterful innovators, you are going to have to make use of the most widely practiced technique for idea generation—group brainstorming.…

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Why a Little Structure Goes a Long Way towards Brainstorm Success

Why a Little Structure Goes a Long Way towards Brainstorm Success The vast majority of people who regularly lead or participate in brainstorms report that the results they achieve in their idea generation sessions are all-too-often, disappointing. A lack of fresh ideas, minimal participation, dominating personalities and inadequate follow-through are among the most common complaints. This is the first in a series of articles that will provide a basic understanding of the key principles necessary for brainstorming success. By simply considering and applying these concepts, you and your team can experience much more productive and enjoyable brainstorms. The first, and one of the most important elements, is structure.…

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What Makes A Good Idea, Good?

What Makes A Good Idea, Good? Never before in history have ideas been so important, nor so plentiful. Ideas are everywhere these days! Big ideas, game changing ideas, groundbreaking ideas. All intended to fuel the ever-increasing consumer demand for innovation. Creative problem solving has become a daily activity for millions of eager and ambitious business people around the world. The problem is, most don't have a clue what a "good idea" actually is. All Ideas Are Not Created Equal Think about it. Just what constitutes a good idea? That it is a breakthrough concept and fundamentally changes the way people do things?…

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What’s Your Brainstorming Style?

What’s Your Brainstorming Style? Every day, in conference rooms around the world, tens of thousands of brainstorms take place. Workgroups come together (often with trepidation) to generate fresh ideas, solve problems, explore opportunities and identify new ways to achieve success. In fact, in a world where advancing technology allows more and more tasks to be accomplished by fewer and fewer people, the brainstorm is one of the few remaining collaborative business processes. Some question the effectiveness of brainstorming, and for good reason. Most sessions aren’t planned or facilitated very well, and all-too-often deliver disappointing results in terms of the breadth and depth of ideas actually generated, as well as a less-than-pleasant experience for participants.…

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