Seven Ways to Prepare for Effective Brainstorming

Gregg Fraley

Prepare, Then Brainstorm. Most brainstorming doesn’t work. The literature bashing brainstorming is extensive. I’m going to focus on one problem with brainstorming in this post: lack of preparation. Want an Innovation Breakthrough?

A Great Brainstorming Technique

Idea Champions

Click here for a very lucid description of one of the most popular brainstorming techniques on planet Earth. Easy to remember. Easy to use. Easy to facilitate. A great way to spark creative thinking in your future ideation sessions.

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Get 12x More Ideas Than Brainstorming

Innovation Excellence

Recognizing that ideas, especially high-quality ideas, are critical to innovation’s success, first Doug Hall and then my team at Innovate2Grow Experts developed an idea generating process that consistently delivers at least 12 X more ideas than brainstorming.

Optimizing Meetings to Maximize Individual Brainstorming Time

InnovationManagement

You’ve been trying to make some real progress on your creative project, but the constant meetings have really been cutting into your individual brainstorming time. Organization & Culture Strategies brainstorming meeting planning strategyAre you overwhelmed by unnecessary meetings ?

Fast Company’s Brainstorming Fail

Gregg Fraley

Fast Company Article “Brainstorming is Dumb” Misses the Point. Brainstorming, Done Properly, Is Not a Tool, It’s A Multi-Step Process. And yet another major publication publishes a misleading article about brainstormingBrainstorming is Dumb.

Preparing for a Better Brainstorm: Tell an Embarrassing Story?

Michael Roberto

She describes an experiment in which she and her colleagues tested the impact of having group members tell an embarrassing story about themselves before beginning a brainstorming session. The scholars measured the outcomes of the ensuing brainstorming sessions on two dimensions. What happened in the brainstorming session itself? They identified 26% more ideas during their brainstorming sessions, and the ideas ranged across 15% more categories than the "pride" groups.

Brainstorming at Google

Michael Roberto

Fast Company has published an article this week titled, "How to Brainstorm Like a Googler." The article highlights the three broad phases of design thinking: understanding and empathizing with the users, brainstorming, and prototyping. Move quickly from brainstorming to prototyping.

The Three Keys to Becoming a Masterful Brainstorm Facilitator

Idea Champions

As a former student of the martial arts, I have noticed a curious phenomenon in corporate America that is becoming increasingly troubling to me -- especially among "creatives" who aspire to become masterful brainstorm facilitators. Debrief with other brainstorm facilitators in your company.

THE DNA OF BRAINSTORMING and The Power of Three

Idea Champions

Every brainstorm session you will ever facilitate or attend, like any good movie you will ever see, can be divided into three parts: the beginning, the middle, and the end. What you actually do in the middle phase of your brainstorming session is up to you.

Why Nothing Happens After a Brainstorming Session

Idea Champions

How many times have you participated in a brainstorming session, only to be underwhelmed by the utter lack of follow up? No one has taken the time, pre-brainstorm, to consider follow-up. The next brainstorming session is scheduled too quickly. Our brainstorming website.

BRAINSTORMING: The Power of Three

Idea Champions

Every brainstorm session you will ever facilitate or attend, like any good movie you will ever see, can be divided into three parts: the beginning, the middle, and the end. What you actually do in the middle phase of your brainstorming session is up to you.

Brainstorm Training Reinvented

Idea Champions

We could tell you how awesome our brainstorm facilitation training is, but we're not sure you would believe us. The techniques he taught us have also been built into our internal brainstorms. On leading brainstorm sessions for your clients.

The 10 Personas of an Effective Brainstorm Facilitator

Idea Champions

You have participated in more than a few brainstorm sessions in your life. There's a ton of reasons why most brainstorming sessions under-deliver, but the main reason -- the Mount Olympus of reasons (drum roll, please.) is the brainstorm facilitator. High Velocity Brainstorming.

Why Train People to Become Masterful Brainstorm Facilitators

Idea Champions

Why train people to become brainstorm facilitators? Our brainstorm website. Brainstorm facilitation training. from Mitch Ditkoff. What our clients say

How to Brainstorm Better

InnovationManagement

Toy inventor Brendan Boyle talks about key concepts for making brainstorming sessions more effective, like including those adept at the technique and bringing together divergent and convergent thinkers. Videos brainstorm divergent thinking ideation innovation tool inspiration skills management techniques

25 Reasons Why Brainstorming Sessions Fail in Your Company

Idea Champions

Whenever I ask my clients to tell me about the quality of their company's brainstorming sessions, they usually roll their eyes and grumble, noting several of the phenomena below. Our brainstorming website. In Defense of Brainstorming.

The Remarkable Benefits of Digital Brainstorming

Qmarkets

The False Promise of Traditional Brainstorming. In order to create innovative ideas, Osborne suggested that a group of people should engage in a "brainstorm", i.e. "using the brain to storm a creative problem—and doing so in commando fashion, with each stormer attacking the same objective."

THE DNA OF BRAINSTORMING and The Power of Three

Idea Champions

Every brainstorm session you will ever facilitate or attend, like any good movie you will ever see, can be divided into three parts: the beginning, the middle, and the end. What you actually do in the middle phase of your brainstorming session is up to you.

Brainstorming with an expert, Matt Nelson

Betterific

In this installment of “Brainstorming with an [innovation] expert” we invite Matt Nelson from Hyundai. Every company I’ve seen use DesignThinker creates their own “special sauce”, from the naming of the process phases to the helper terms that aid in brainstorming.

Tips for structured team brainstorming by the keyboard

Ideanote

The team brainstorming session has started. Ideanote Team brainstormingImagine that you are an young employee in a large company. You are part of a sales team which consists mostly of young people.

Framing the Question: Improving Your Brainstorming Session

Michael Roberto

They discuss the keys to an effective brainstorming session. During their discussion, they focused on important it is to frame the question properly at the outset of a brainstorming meeting. However, we also have to consider multiple frames as we pose the question(s) that initiate our brainstorming sessions. brainstorming design thinking framing innovationI listened recently to a Stanford Innovation Lab podcast with Professor Tina Seelig.

The Three Keys to Becoming a Masterful Brainstorm Facilitator

Idea Champions

As a former student of the martial arts, I have noticed a curious phenomenon in corporate America that is becoming increasingly troubling to me -- especially among "creatives" who aspire to become masterful brainstorm facilitators. Debrief with other brainstorm facilitators in your company.

A Sneak Preview Into the Art and Science of Brainstorming

Idea Champions

Brainstorming, in most companies, is broken. About our brainstorm facilitation training. In case you think brainstorming is a waste of timeOr, if not broken, breaking. Or, if not breaking, highly impaired.

Brainstorming vs. Question-Storming?

Michael Roberto

And that's where question storming complements traditional brainstorming," he says. brainstorming question-storming questionsI read a terrific article by Stephanie Vozza in Fast Company this week. The article focuses on the notion of asking great questions. She argues that the best leaders ask good questions so as to enhance their learning and engage more effectively in meetings.

25 Reasons Why Brainstorming Sessions Fail in Your Company

Idea Champions

Whenever I ask my clients to tell me about the quality of their company's brainstorming sessions, they usually roll their eyes and grumble, noting several of the phenomena below. Our brainstorming website. In Defense of Brainstorming.

Everything You Need to Know About Brainstorm Facilitation

Idea Champions

Here are 13 of Idea Champion's brief, upbeat, entertaining videos on the art and science of brainstorm facilitation. Our brainstorming website. Voila! What our clients say. A sampling of case studies

How Can You Make Your Next Brainstorming Session Rock

Rmukesh Gupta

Start your brainstorming session by playing a game that requires creativity. Ideation and brainstorming is very serious business. You will get the most out of your brainstorming sessions if you have identify and involve a coach or a moderator. Prime for Creativity.

HOW EFFECTIVE ARE YOUR COMPANY'S BRAINSTORM SESSIONS? Find Out in 10 Minutes

Idea Champions

Whenever I ask clients to describe the quality of their brainstorm sessions, they usually role their eyes, shake their head, and use words like "suck", "boring", or "pitiful." Email info@ideachampions with "Brainstorm Poll" in the subject line. Brainstorming game changer.

When Is the Right Time for Brainstorming in Strategic Planning?

BrainZooming

When is the right time for brainstorming in strategic planning , or really any other type of planning for that matter? Brainstorming CAN make sense throughout a strategic planning process. The Right Time for Brainstorming in Strategic Planning.

A Brainstorm Training that Works

Idea Champions

What follows is some juicy feedback we received from Blue State Digital , a client of ours who participated in brainstorm facilitation training : "The three-day Conducting Genius training was engaging, fun and informative.

In Defense of Brainstorming

Idea Champions

In the past few years I have noticed a curious trend in the media -- one I can no longer ignore -- and that is the appearance of seriously derisive articles about brainstorming by self-declared pundits and free lance writers. or poorly facilitated brainstorming sessions don't work.

Putting Brainstorming in its place

OVO Innovation

I'm happy to climb up on a soapbox again to talk about one of the most common scapegoats for innovation, the act of brainstorming. So I rise today to neither praise nor bury brainstorming, but to place it in its proper context. The Purpose of Brainstorming Brainstorming is a technique that allows individuals or small groups to generate ideas. Brainstorming is a group technique to generate, socialize and evaluate ideas. Why so much hate for brainstorming?

The 60-Minute Brainstorm Training

Idea Champions

Which is why we are now, via our collaboration with GenieCast , offering a 60-minute version of our 3-day brainstorming facilitation training. Well this the 60-minute Brainstorm Facilitator -- a simple way to upgrade your ideation skills quickly. Our brainstorm website

The 10 Personas of an Effective Brainstorm Facilitator

Idea Champions

You have participated in more than a few brainstorm sessions in your life. There's a ton of reasons why most brainstorming sessions under-deliver, but the main reason -- the Mount Olympus of reasons (drum roll, please.) is the brainstorm facilitator. High Velocity Brainstorming.

13 Great Questions to Choose from for your next Management Meeting

Destination Innovation

You should brainstorm strategic and innovative options. Here are some questions which I use in corporate brainstorm meetings. Follow the rules of brainstorming and tackle one or two of these questions.

8 Fluffy Buzzwords you should NEVER use in your corporate innovation brainstorm

Board of Innovation

The post 8 Fluffy Buzzwords you should NEVER use in your corporate innovation brainstorm appeared first on Board of Innovation. Innovation brainstorm BuzzwordsAs an innovation consultant at Board of Innovation, I’ve guided my share Ideation sessions by now. The results that come out of these sessions can be astounding. Quirky twists of the brain turned into tangible and valuable ideas. Rule #1 of course being: don’t judge ideas in the creativity phase. (No

Brainstorming Revisited

Idea Champions

Idea Champions brainstorming sessions are not like most brainstorming sessions. Brainstorm, not shitstorm. Brainstorming illustration: Gaping VoidThe good news? What our clients say.

The tools & templates used in a 3 day ideation brainstorm. (Part 1)

Board of Innovation

Recently I guided a 3 day ideation brainstorm for NGA at their HQ in London. The post The tools & templates used in a 3 day ideation brainstorm. This is the first 3-day workshop of 2 sessions to explore & develop new opportunities for this global HR service provider. 8500 employees, +$850M turnover). In this post I’ll describe what tools we used to end up with a first selection of 13 concepts. Of course I. Read More.

Brainstorming with an expert, Richard Ahern

Betterific

Welcome to the second part of our new “Brainstorming with…” series, where we interview two sets of people – the innovation challenge winners and the product developers and innovation experts that sponsor the challenges. Betterific business Brainstorming with

Get Better Ideas with this Starter Exercise

Destination Innovation

You can refer back to it later as you run the brainstorm sessions. Brainstorming and Ideation arms brainstorm exercise fluid icebreaker ideation physiology psychologyIt is well known that our physiology can affect our psychology.