Questions for Brainstorming

Ron Edmondson

Brainstorming often leads a team to the answers you can’t seem to find any other way. The best brainstorming begins with great questions. For example, what if the team is trying to discern what went wrong on a project?

MindSpin: Team Building Activity for Brainstorming and Solution-Finding

Mike Cardus

Purpose: Brainstorming, creative thought development, team problem solving. Have the topic or idea to be "brainstormed" written on a white board or power point slide: What can we…?

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Collaboration is the Key to Providing Consistent Brand Value

Leading Blog

If you stick only to your inner circle to discuss challenges or to brainstorm possibilities, you are likely to get answers similar to the ones you’ve come up with in the past. This is a post by Libby Gill, author of Capture the Mindshare and the Market Share Will Follow.

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The Myths of Creativity: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

As I worked my way through Burkus’ lively and eloquent narrative, I was also keenly interested in his discussion Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s insights relevant to incubation in Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention (1997): “Once the incubation stage has run its course, which could be a few days or several years, it should […].

What is Your Innovation Style?

Great Leadership By Dan

You contribute by organizing the new projects and developing efficient systems that ensure the work or product is completed with precision and accuracy. To be at your innovative best, sit back and relax during the initial brainstorming sessions.

061: The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Leaders Generate Great Ideas | with David Burkus

Engaging Leader

In this episode, David and Jesse discuss several mistaken ideas that hold us back -- as well as how anyone can embrace a practical approach to finding the best new ideas, projects, processes, and programs. What is your favorite process or tip that would replace standard brainstorming?

Managing the Real


She started spending these couple of hours everyday to work directly with her group, help them do their job better, brainstorm and improve constantly. Great Quotes Leadership Leading Change Leading People Leading Projects Management people development people management project leadership

7 Steps to Solve Team Problems. Moving From Stuck to Flow

Mike Cardus

Choose one project (preferable that involves a team you are leading or involved in) that is new or stuck or that could just use some improvement. Brainstorm some potential next steps to achieve the successful outcome. There are always going to be problems when working with teams.

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Innovation High-Five

Mills Scofield

The team then hosted a brainstorming event with the entire company on how to encourage innovation at Geneca. Financial Projections – including cost to develop/build. This is a guest post by Tim Kippley , Geneca Vice President, Account Strategy and Growth.

8 Guidelines for Leadership Coaching and Team Building Activities

Mike Cardus

MindSpin: Team Building Activity for Brainstorming and Solution-Finding. To-Do : In-Progress : Complete: Target Chart – Team Building and Project Management Activity. Pre-Animate: Project Planning Team Building Activity.

Great Quotes: Luc de Brabandere on Change, Innovation and Perceptions


He concludes the interview with this thought: That’s why I have completely changed my mind about brainstorming. I don’t think a successful brainstorm is a meeting at which a new concept suddenly arises.

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Ensure Smooth Transitions for Successful Change

Change Starts Here

Although construction was moving along smoothly, it became apparent to the project’s director, Brian Horgan, that moving people would not be as easy. In December 2010, the project team met for a one-day workshop to take stock of the potential “people issues” created by the move.

Five Online Communities To Strengthen Your Productivity Skills

Tim Milburn

Project management is a skill every leader needs. Basecamp is an online community where you can effectively manage projects from the development stage through the final product. NOTE/ iGoogle will no longer be available after November 1, 2013.

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7 Common Energy and Time Wasters for Leaders

Ron Edmondson

They waste time brainstorming alone rather than expanding the creative process. It could be attending a meeting…or supervising a project. Wasting time and energy may be one of my biggest pet peeves as a leader. Some days I leave work and feel I never got off the treadmill.

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 6 of 7

Strategy Driven

Innovation should not be something we plan to do in a brainstorming meeting; it should be an everyday occurrence – the result of a culture where people are constantly designing and redesigning the way they work, the vision they want to accomplish, and the future they want to make a reality.

4 Insights From the Interview With Jocelyn Glei of

Rajesh Setty

How the Book Series Project Came About: The trigger was a conversation with the editor of Scott’s book “Making Ideas Happen” and brainstormed ideas for a book series.

Dr.Liz Alexander on Co-Authorship

Rajesh Setty

Craig graciously offered to help me brainstorm ideas and as a result of those interactions we agreed to become co-authors. I think it’s important to ensure there is a blend of both when undertaking a project like this.

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We Need a New Approach to Solve the Innovation Talent Gap

Harvard Business Review

It’s an IT and business consulting staffing business that: (a) recruits top programmers and program managers; (b) identifies key projects at large tech companies; and (c) makes a match. The projects last a long time, and team members come and go. Who was the project manager?

In Big Companies, Lean Is Only One Piece of the Puzzle

Harvard Business Review

They were pitching their ideas and plans to Eric and their peers; once the pitch was complete, the group would then brainstorm. Anyone who has operated inside a big corporate will tell you that for any project, you might have an executive mandate.

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Lessons in IT Innovation From Silicon Valley

Harvard Business Review

” A breakfast with a CIO working for a Silicon Valley tech company helped him find an answer to a common problem: coping with frustrated managers whose projects got pushed down the priority list. Innovation is always infectious.

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A Smart Approach to Fixing Cities' Problems

Harvard Business Review

The three groups came together and brainstormed new ways to automate the analysis of large volumes of data, much of it real-time in nature. Some graduate students working on the project formed a start-up company, Emnet, to commercialize the technology.

How to Write the Dreaded Self-Appraisal

Harvard Business Review

You might ask to be included in certain brainstorming meetings or request funding to take a class on data analytics. and "Which types of projects and activities would you like to see more of in your day-to-day work?" No one likes review time.

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Leading Teams When Lives Are at Stake

Harvard Business Review

Scott worked with an executive who would intentionally not attend brainstorming meetings with his direct reports, so they wouldn't feel intimidated by his rank and hold back ideas. In business, it is unexpected changes to a project, variable customer demands, or sudden shifts in the market.

Make Time for Growth Assignments in Your Daily Work

Harvard Business Review

Alas, if you''re like most people, you probably never feel like you have enough time to devote to those important projects. Often the activities with the most learning opportunity get squeezed out of the schedule by project meetings, administrative work, e-mail, and other day-to-day items. Brainstorm the development opportunities that either currently fall within the scope of your role or could if you asked for them.

11 Ways Big Companies Undermine Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Large spaces with whiteboards and comfy places to sit so people can brainstorm ideas are critical.”. If innovation groups are connected too closely to business units, they are typically asked to collaborate on near-term projects that can impact revenue quickly. But if they off on their own working on long-term, truly disruptive projects, it can be hard to get participation from business units when they need it.

Personal Branding for Introverts

Harvard Business Review

Often, she’d meet them initially at company meetings or through project work; if the suggestion to have lunch together didn’t arise naturally, she’d tell them about her project, and they were almost always intrigued enough to join her. Introverts often do their best thinking on their own , as Harvard Business School Professor Francesca Gino suggests, rather than amidst the scrum of an office brainstorming session.).

Driving Front Line Innovation in Health Care

Harvard Business Review

Jennifer Stinson was a nurse at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto who enjoyed brainstorming new ideas for improving care, especially for the kids with cancer she treats. This involved establishing a new 18-member Central Innovation Group of leaders from different areas of the hospital, a team that was tasked with prioritizing and advancing ideas and projects through various stages.

The Most Important Negotiation in Your Life

Harvard Business Review

It''s not hard to brainstorm a list once you think about it. Soon, the list of topics grows more serious, and turns to work: My plate is completely full, but my boss just asked me to start a new project. Life is a series of negotiations. You negotiate all day, every day, from the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep. Contract terms and conditions. Hiring, managing performance, and firing. Defining deadlines, scope, and deliverables. Collecting fees.

Want Productive Employees? Treat Them Like Adults

Harvard Business Review

For more than a decade now, I've struggled to define what fuels the most sustainably productive work environment — not just on behalf of the large corporate clients we serve, but also for my own employees at The Energy Project. Those days also provide time for spontaneous brainstorming of ideas across the team.

Case Study: The Costs and Benefits of a Strong Culture

Harvard Business Review

Employees from all over the company — particularly new and young ones — were encouraged to join senior leaders in brainstorming and design sessions focused on how the firm could reach its goals for the year. She included a scenario: An employee is worried about his future with the company because he has been given a time-consuming project that will involve working late, compromising his ability to look after a sick mother in the evening. “How long is this list of escapees?”

How to Drama-Proof Your Workplace

Skip Prichard

29% of Americans believe that armed rebellion might be necessary in the near future to protect their liberties from government intrusion (Cassino, Jenkins, 2013). In our seminars, attendees brainstorm examples of drama-venting. Reduce the Conflict and Drama.

Stop Complaining About Your Colleagues Behind Their Backs

Harvard Business Review

” Only engage in coaching, brainstorming, and problem-solving conversations — not in problem-confirming ones. ICHIRO/Getty Images. In my coaching work with leaders and teams, I often ask my clients whether they engage in workplace gossip.

Scaling Up is a Problem of Both More and Less

Harvard Business Review

After a brief opening with perhaps some news about the company, a self-deprecating story about himself, or a bit of indiscreet but juicy gossip, Kelley, a skilled facilitator, spent the rest of the meeting calling on people to describe new projects, introducing newcomers, recognizing birthdays, and asking if anyone had seen a good movie or discovered a new technology. Sales doubled in 2013. Until 2013, the rocks were reevaluated every 90 days.

Better Service, Faster: A Design Thinking Case Study

Harvard Business Review

Elizabeth and Saul facilitated GGRC brainstorming sessions about how to improve the process. GGRC is now brainstorming improvement ideas and figuring out ways to prototype them on a regular basis.

Stop Noise from Ruining Your Open Office

Harvard Business Review

A 2013 study from the University of Sydney found that a lack of sound privacy was far and away the biggest drain on employee morale : Further, a 2014 study by Steelcase and Ipsos found that workers lost as much as 86 minutes per day due to noise distractions.

Lessons from Yelp’s Empirical Approach to Diversity

Harvard Business Review

Beginning in 2013, a handful of tech companies (including Yelp, where some of us work, Google, LinkedIn, and Facebook) began to research and release data on the diversity of their workforces. In 2013 Tracy Chou — then a software engineer at Pinterest, now a cofounder of Project Include — helped jumpstart the transparency movement by creating a shared spreadsheet for companies to post their employee demographics.