Re-Inventing Brainstorming – Ten Tenets for Better Idea Generation

Kevin Eikenberry

Brainstorming – the creation of new or possible ideas – is a critical part of any problem solving or creative process. We know that we must have ideas in order find solutions to problems. We even know that the more ideas we find, the better chance we’ll have of creating the [.]. Creativity Leadership Solving Problems brainstorming ideas possible solution

Rethinking Idea Generation

Management Excellence

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How is your idea generation routine generating ideas?

Jason Womack

Are you on the path to make your best better? If you are, in fact, how far along are you in that process? If you're starting, or halfway there, or thinking you've made it.try this out: Lay out a blank piece of paper, get a pen, and set a timer for 12 minutes. Yeah, just 12. I coordinated this activity 6 times in the past week, here in New York City, for audiences as small as 20 and as large as 37.

The Power of Serendipitous Encounters – Samsung is Building to Create People Collisions for Idea Generation

First Friday Book Synopsis

Such organizational structure, and such architectural structure, are detrimental to idea creation. Ideas are created by lots of cross-interest interaction. Isolated silos, where people only interact with folks within their silos, are so yesterday. And you can’t quite always “schedule” or “mandate” such interactions. But you can make space for these to happen. A lot […]. Randy''s blog entries

It’s Not Science Fiction—How an Idea Lab Might Just Create an Alternate Timeline for Your Firm

Management Excellence

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Invaluable perspectives on the brainstorming process

First Friday Book Synopsis

His process has three stages: fact-finding, idea generating, and solution evaluating. He recommended four “rules”: o Generate […]. Alex Osborn (1888-1966) was founding partner of one of the most highly regarded advertising agencies, BBDO, and is credited with introducing the brainstorming process in his book, Applied Imagination: Principles and Procedures of Creative Problem-Solving, published in 1957.

* 6 Ideas About Creating Organizations That Value Ideas

You're Not the Boss of Me

John Cage once said, “ I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. This notion kind of struck me while I was watching a movie about Charles Darwin who had, and developed, one of the world’s biggest ideas, one that, even now, creates much spirited conversation. After all, Darwin’s big idea was one that challenged people to rethink their whole existence. Some companies will say they have processes in place that encourage people to offer their ideas.

Learn How to Think Different(ly)

First Friday Book Synopsis

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Brainstorming technique for innovation, creativity and problem solving – a business strategy

Rapid BI

Brainstorming as an approach can be an effective way of generating lots of ideas on a specific issue which can then be filtered and reviewed to determine which idea or approach is the most appropriate. Management boardblast Brainstorming business strategy Creativity idea generation Innovation problemsolving rules Strategy technique

6 Ideas About Creating Organizations That Value Ideas

You're Not the Boss of Me

John Cage once said, “ I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. This notion kind of struck me while I was watching a movie about Charles Darwin who had, and developed, one of the world’s biggest ideas, one that, even now, creates much spirited conversation. After all, Darwin’s big idea was one that challenged people to rethink their whole existence. Some companies will say they have processes in place that encourage people to offer their ideas.

A time and a place for brainstorming techniques

Rapid BI

New research shines a new light on the value of brainstorming however, especially a bit later in the creative process when ideas have already been generated. Management Brainstorming brainstorming research business strategy Chartered Management Institute collaboration guest idea generation techniqueBrainstorming often gets a bad press, with the popular belief being that it fosters groupthink and generally hinders the creative process.

The Keys to Fostering Sustainable Engagement

Lead Change Blog

If we want employees to be sustainably engaged they must be able to experience themselves as the real, pulsating, thinking, idea-generating, responsibility-taking assets. Posted in Leadership Development [link] Accountability is closely tied to employee engagement. Unfortunately, this critical and deeply personal relationship is too often overlooked.

WHOA! Are They Glad You’re in Their Lives?

Kevin Eikenberry

Sort of – there are 365 short snippets of encouragement, admonishment, support and idea generation. This is a book that defies categorization. Is it a book of tweets? Is it a devotional? Kinda – you could read one snippet each day as a part of your reflection and learning. It is a picture book? Yes [.]. Books Leadership Learning Personal Development Relationships growth

Going Wonka: 5 Steps To Building An Effective (and World Changing) Idea Factory

Terry Starbucker

He knew I needed something that I hadn’t tapped into for some time – it was that power of the imagination, and while it can create a magical (and admittedly sometimes scary) candy factory, it can also create a similarly wondrous “idea factory” that can drive leadership success, and long-term profitability. Ideas are the lifeblood of any organization, and how they are generated, harvested, and turned into action is critical to continuous improvement.

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August 2016 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

This month is filled with a wide variety of leadership topics including idea generation , power , delegation , compassion and more. The Lead Change Group is grateful to The Thought Board for hosting the August 2016 Leadership Development Carnival. Take some time out to learn from all the thoughtful contributions that make this edition so impressive. Please visit the full carnival post here to peruse all of this month’s posts.

Maybe We Have Enough Good Entrepreneurs Without Enough Good Managers

First Friday Book Synopsis

There are people who are idea generators. Get things done. Through others. Get folks organized — effectively. This is the essence of leadership. A good worker gets things done. A good leader gets things done through others. And that kind of leadership requires some pretty good managerial skills. There are people who are almost natural [.]. Randy's blog entries Uncategorized Esher Dyson The Real Job Creators: America should glorify entrepreneurs less and managers more

5 Insights to Managing Chaordic Tension

Leading Blog

Idea people are more comfortable with risk. People who prefer to use the information to come up with ideas (generators and conceptualizers) are on the right side of the vertical axis. These individuals are comfortable with ideas, ambiguity, and keeping their options open. These folks tend to frustrate the idea people, but their logic and sense of urgency to perform help entrepreneurs accomplish their dreams. They tend to like imaginative ideas.

Why Are Businesses Ignoring Their Future – The Millennials?

Lead Change Blog

Millennials seem to be misunderstood and a feared generation for most businesses yet they will become 75% of the workforce in the next 10 years. Even with these companies as proof of what the Millennial Generation can achieve, only 7% of millennials work for Fortune 500 companies according to Millennial Branding, and 37% are unemployed (Pew Research Group). Millennials are nothing like the generations before them.

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Put Your Phone Away And Look Up

Lead Change Blog

Years ago, I read that an idea is two or more known pieces of information assembled in a new way. The more information I absorb, the more contexts I explore, the more fodder I have for idea generation. That’s what I wanted to say to several hundred people in Florida last week. They had paid to enjoy Universal Orlando, but their eyes were glued to tiny screens. Some visitors even had both hands occupied — tablet in one and selfie stick in the other.

Eight Rules To Brilliant Brainstorming

Six Disciplines

Use brainstorming to combine and extend ideas, not just harvest them. Brainstorming sessions are worthless unless ideas lead to action. Brainstorming sessions can be used for more than just generating ideas. BOTTOMLINE: Brainstorming is just one of many idea-generating techniques that make a company creative. Bloomberg BusinessWeek brings us " Eight Rules To Brilliant Brainstorming ". Don't bother if people live in fear.

Are You a Candid Leader? 4 Ways to Build Clarity, Trust, and Competitive Advantage

Great Leadership By Dan

Here are four techniques that will help open the lines of communication with team members, and across your organization, to encourage valuable idea generation and information sharing: 1. Listen More – No Need to Get Defensive - As a leader, do you get defensive when someone disagrees with you, or are you open to other ideas and approaches? Guest post by Nancy K.

The Case for Crowdsourcing Projects as a Business

Strategy Driven

Is your business struggling to come up with a new idea or innovation to solve the latest industry challenge? If you’re not too proud to admit defeat and seek inspiration and ideas from elsewhere, you might find that crowdsourcing is a breakthrough concept that can help you to break new ground and potentially disrupt a market. In doing so, you’ll also maximize the number of options you have, rather than forging ahead with an idea just because it’s your only idea.

When disruption increases imbalance, what can you do?

Mike Cardus

As you check-in with your team(s), you are reflecting the priorities back to them in a way that highlights the great work they are doing; recognizing who is excelling and falling behind as the expectations shift; seeing new skills and performance opportunities to develop; you are making needed changes to how the work gets done that support innovation and idea generation from the team(s). types of systems and degrees of order and stability. Unplanned Chaos.

Leadership Caffeine Podcast-Free the Idea Monkey with G. Michael Maddock

Management Excellence

I'm excited to be on the air again and I'm excited about the great line-up of experts, authors and executives ready to share their big ideas! Speaking of big ideas, there's no one better to kick us off for this round of podcasts than G. Michael Maddock (Mike), the leader of the innovation agency Maddock-Douglas, author of multiple books, serial entrepreneur and someone who is a one-person idea generating machine.

But Does Collaboration Really Work?

Lead Change Blog

Therefore, collaboration involving lots of idea generation from multiple sources does not work for many projects. The leadership team had done their best to generate solutions to our situation. The charge was to brainstorm ideas. Every idea was to be accepted –no judgment. Then they were asked to argue the ideas and each table come up with their best ideas. At the end of the day, each table turned in their best ideas.

Management Excellence Toolkit-Part 3: How to Frame Your Decisions for Success

Management Excellence

This Management Excellence Toolkit Series will help you recognize the challenges and pitfalls of individual and group decision-making and offer ideas on improving performance for you and your co-workers. In this 3rd Part of an on-going series, we tackle the issue of properly framing issues to improve idea generation and decision development.

Innovation in Practice

Talent Anarchy

If a group of humans is going to explore new ideas, generate creative solutions, and leave the room on the same page, two basic things need to happen: divergent thinking on the way to convergent thinking. We often do not invite or seriously consider new ideas, and we continue to leave the room with very different levels of buy-in. If you want more diversity of input on the front end, invite people to think about and submit their own ideas prior to the meeting.

The Best Leadership Books of 2019

Leading Blog

That Will Never Work : The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea by Marc Randolph (Little, Brown and Company, 2019) Full of counter-intuitive concepts and written in binge-worthy prose, it answers some of our most fundamental questions about taking that leap of faith in business or in life: How do you begin? Blog Post ). * * * Like us on Instagram and Facebook for additional leadership and personal development ideas. L EADERSHIP development is a lifelong process.

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6 Ways for Entrepreneurs to Manage Their Ideas


Regulating the Idea Machine (Entrepreneur). Entrepreneurs are Idea Machines. They produce a terrific volume of ideas–some that are pure gold, some that aren’t. While generating ideas comes easily for entrepreneurs, discerning which ideas to implement and which to discard does not usually come as easily. CO 2 Partners specializes in working with entrepreneurs and helping them organize, sort, select, and manage their ideas.

Your Company Is A Well Of Ideas – Stop Poisoning It

Strategy Driven

This is the insistence of companies and CEOs that their organizations lack ideas. The fact of the matter is, I’ve never met an organization that lacks ideas. They all claim they have a problem with generating enough ideas, and they’re all wrong. They already have all the ideas they could even need, and so do you. You see, the problem is never idea generation. Because it isn’t more ideas you need, it’s not killing the ones you already have.

Willy Wonka and the Leadership Idea Factory

Terry Starbucker

Home About Me About This Blog Starbucker’s Amazon Store Ramblings From a Glass Half Full Willy Wonka and the Leadership Idea Factory by Starbucker on August 8, 2010 “If you want to view paradise Simply look around and view it Anything you want to, do it Want to change the world? Ideas are the lifeblood of any organization, and how they are generated, harvested, and turned into action is critical to continuous improvement.

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10 Online Resources To Help You Write Like A Leader

Joseph Lalonde

Title Generating Tools. Once you get a general idea for the content you want to write, you will need to think of a catchy title that will seem professional, but attention grabbing at the same time. Portent’s Content Idea Generator. This is another tool that can generate cool titles for you. If you want to become a trusted influencer who motivates people with innovative ideas, you’ll need to work on your writing skills.

What is Your Innovation Style?

Great Leadership By Dan

Rein in your tendency to express your critique at every fielded idea. Your strengths: Bringing the ideas to fruition and making them work. You contribute by generating ideas and taking the leap of faith when it is impossible to know everything in advance. To be at your innovative best, experiment with many ideas to see how they can be improved. Guest post from Shoya Zichy: Innovation is critical to an organization''s growth and competitive advantage.

Finding The Success Sweet Spot: Where Ideas Meet Urgency

Terry Starbucker

“Great idea!” “But… ” “We’ll need to defer any talk about it until our next meeting, since we have too many other things to cover today” “OK then, next topic, controlling costs in the janitorial department…… ” Ah yes, another idea goes to what I call “ idea limbo “ A place where ideas typically expire, unexplored and under-appreciated. Ideas, meet urgency.

15 Must Watch TED Talks

Joseph Lalonde

Devoted to making powerful ideas accessible and sparking conversation, innovation, and change, their global community welcomes some of the world’s most inspired thinkers to share their wealth of knowledge and motivate you to spread your greatest ideas. Their lecturers are thinkers, doers, and idea-generators! Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in a rut? How do you usually come up with creative solutions? Maybe you get outside to recharge.

Thinking of Others Can Enhance Innovation


In another they asked participants to come up with gift ideas for themselves, someone close to them or someone they barely knew. Across the three experiments, Polman and Emich found that participants generate more creative ideas or better solutions when focused on someone else rather than themselves. Imagine you’re locked in a tower. Better yet, imagine someone else is locked in a tower.

Stacking Up Your Idea

Rajesh Setty

You and I both meet a lot of people with great ideas. Most people are professional idea generators who keep generating one idea after the other hoping that they will pick the “best” or the “most foolproof” idea and make that a blockbuster success. Since they are doing the same thing (idea generating) again and again in their mind, they also tend to think that they are pretty good at it.

To Be More Creative, Schedule Your Breaks

Harvard Business

Why is it the case that switching at your own volition, the approach most participants in our study took, may not generate the most creative outcomes? We find ourselves circling around the same ineffective ideas and don’t recognize when it’s time to move on. We once again randomly assigned participants to one of our three task-switching approaches and asked them to generate creative ideas for two different idea generation tasks.

When I Think I Have a Great Idea – I Do This Every Time

Ron Edmondson

When I think I have a great idea I do the same thing every time – I sleep on i t! I love to encourage big dreams and I want to be a catalyst for idea generation and innovative thought. When you get the next great idea don’t act on it immediately – even as great an idea as it may be. Maybe for a day, a week, or a season (depending on the size of and type of the idea), but before you take action towards it – sleep.

How To Brainstorm Properly


Any time people are trying to come up with ideas, they call it brainstorming. Inside the book, he laid out a system for generating ideas in groups, to maximize the number of ideas you generate. Those four rules were: Go for quantity over quality , because we know the best way to get good ideas is to just start with lots of ideas. Withhold criticism , also said as “no idea is a bad idea.”. Combine and improve upon ideas.

How to Master Your Master Mind

Steve Farber

They understand that the effectiveness of brainstorming depends on a creative process where each idea generated allows for new ideas to branch off in new directions.” There are no bad ideas (only some we choose not to immediately implement). The term “Master Mind” has been part of our modern day lexicon since Napoleon Hill wrote about its power in Think And Grow Rich , which was originally published in 1937. And for good reason.

Lead by Example

Lead on Purpose

This skill of listening can be a challenge for some teams, but when you set the example and create a culture of listening to various opinions, ideas and feedback you give your team a forum to feel comfortable expressing their ideas. When each person shares their opinion openly, ideas come together and everyone plays an important role in the outcome of the project. One of the key ideas from my perspective is building trust.

Leading with Character: Creativity

Michael Lee Stallard

Thomas Edison, one of the most prolific inventors of all time, readily admitted that he drew upon ideas from many people. When people are intentional about improving what they do, when they seek the ideas of others, when they share their ideas and opinions honestly, and when they safeguard relational connections, it creates a robust marketplace of ideas that feeds creative minds. A simple example is a suggestion box where people are invited to submit ideas.