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

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

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* 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.

Do I Have to Come up With All The Great Ideas!? Why this belief means you suck as a manager.

Create Learning

I’ve seen this happen many times: Employee to Manager: I’ve got a great idea and think that by doing x we will get y,z and extra outcomes. Of course the manager has a better idea! The manager’s idea was triggered by the employees initial idea. The idea may be useful later.

Rethinking Idea Generation

Management Excellence

Idea generation is core to everything we do in our organizations. It's too bad that we've been going about it all wrong! Fresh Voices Innovation Making Decisions Management Education Management Innovation Strategy Your Professional Development "To Do" List

Saturday’s Quote – Peter Senge on Innovation and Idea Generation

Management is a Journey

Write down one idea every day. At the end of the year, you’ll have more ideas than most people have in a lifetime. – Peter Senge. Innovation innovation management organizational productivity

Learn How to Think Different(ly)

First Friday Book Synopsis

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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.

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.

7 Phrases to Ban When Trying to Discover New Ideas

Ron Edmondson

The best ideas in an organizational setting often come by getting a group together and searching for new ideas or ways of doing things. And, inviting outside people is often a good idea even with large staffs.) You need plenty of time, because ideas often come slowly.

5 Ways I Expand My Leadership Potential

Ron Edmondson

Recruit other ideas. I’ve learned people have better ideas than me – a lot better ideas. Actually, I’m an idea guy. But, if the team is bigger than one – there’s always one more idea to consider. This is more than allowing ideas.

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

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.

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

Terry Starbucker

Ideas are the lifeblood of any organization, and how they are generated, harvested, and turned into action is critical to continuous improvement. How can a leader build an effective idea factory? Fear is one of the biggest impediments to idea generation.


7 Ways the Leader Sets the Bar

Ron Edmondson

Are you leading with the idea that you are setting the bar for the people you are trying to lead? A leader who stifles idea generation puts a lid on creativity and eventually curtails growth and change. The leader sets the bar for the organization.

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.

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.

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.

7 Ways the Leader Sets the Bar

Ron Edmondson

Are you leading with the idea that you are setting the bar for the people you are trying to lead? A leader that stifles idea generation puts a lid on creativity and eventually curtails growth and change. The leader sets the bar for the organization.

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.

Here are 5 ways I Expand My Leadership Potential

Ron Edmondson

I’ve learned people have better ideas than me. A lot better ideas. Actually, I’m an idea guy. But, if the team is bigger than one — there’s always one more idea to consider.

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. Millennials are nothing like the generations before them.

Laying the Groundword for Change

Ron Edmondson

” Then, using some of the ideas generated and the support already built, he attempted to implement the change. When you are convinced change is necessary and prayerfully landed on a direction you feel is best, build a core group of supporters for your idea first.

Coffeehouse Conversation


The talk then shifted to religion and I quickly made note of an idea about a community project. By the time our conversation ended, I had half a page filled with ideas generated by a casual conversation over a cup of coffee

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.

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.

Innovation in Practice

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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. In many organizations, innovation remains an almost-mystical thing.

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

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.

Talking with Each Other @ Work

Coaching Tip

Of course, having your desk next to the elevator or rest rooms, gives you a competitive advantage in that fellow employees will stop and share with you some ideas that they want to talk through to reach clarity.

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. They need not rein in their ideas, as much as they need to regulate them. Idea Generation Trap.

Perceptions of Leadership ~ Changing the Record

You're Not the Boss of Me

For me, it begs the question: What must we do to change the record… to make sure upcoming generations of organizational leaders have the opportunity to think differently about the work of leadership and management long before they even get their first job?

Why You Should Stop Brainstorming

Harvard Business Review

” But no study has proven that brainstorming works well, even though it has been the go-to method for idea generation since 1953. How many times have you been in a brainstorming session this week? Chances are the answer is, “More than I can count.” But there is an alternative. After researching why brainstorming inhibits creativity and innovation, my colleagues and I came up with a new process we call Brainswarming.

The Value of Vision Series – Kouzes and Posner

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Circulate the ideas generated and discuss the impact of trends on your products, services, technologies, and constituents. Focusing on the Future Sets Leaders Apart. Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. We’ve all had a glimpse of the future.

Finding The Success Sweet Spot: Where Ideas Meet Urgency

Terry Starbucker

“Great idea!” And so great ideas can slip by, initially acknowledged, but unfortunately “filed away” into idea limbo. Those ideas need to be met with a sense of urgency. They need to be dealt with NOW. Ideas, meet urgency.

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).

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. A simple example is a suggestion box where people are invited to submit ideas. Employees are encouraged to write directly to the CEO with their ideas.

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.

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. Imagine you’re locked in a tower. Better yet, imagine someone else is locked in a tower.

Leading to Disruptive Innovation


In addition to these important idea-generating qualities, other skills are equally important when it comes to navigating the overall innovation process given the high level of ambiguity and uncertainty which is inherent when creating business breakthroughs.