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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. While the previous two quotes do have some degree of truth associated with them, likening a brainstorm session to a "crowd" is not only a poor choice of metaphors, it is patently untrue. or poorly facilitated brainstorming sessions don't work.

10 Ways to Help Left Brainers Tap Into Their Creativity

Idea Champions

Not exactly the kind of mindset conducive to breakthrough thinking. Do not lose heart, oh facilitators of the creative process. Diffuse the fear of ambiguity by continually clarifying the process. Periodically remind them of where they are in the process.

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THE QUESTION: Who Created "The Year of Living Creatively?"

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If you are thinking about subscribing to The Year of Living Creatively , one question you are likely to ask is this: "Who created it -- and what are his credentials?". FREE THE GENIE BRAINSTORMING : Facilitated, online creative thinking sessions for individuals and small teams.

Interested in Becoming a Zoomstorming Facilitator?

Idea Champions

Zoomstorming is a 60-90 minute online brainstorming process that sparks clarity, insights, new ideas, and the kind of positive mindset needed for aspiring innovators to make meaningful progress with a new venture, idea, problem, or opportunity. I see myself as a creative person.".

10 Ways to Improve Your Company's Broken Ideation Process

Idea Champions

Which is why I just deleted the first four compelling, context-setting paragraphs to this blog post and will now simply cut to the chase: Your company's "ideation process" is either non-existent, seriously flawed, or a joke. The following ten "ideation process best practices" are clues for you. How would you frame the question you want your creative team noodling on this week? Well, this phenomenon also applies to a company's ideation process. You're busy. I get it.

10 Ways to Help Left Brainers Tap Into Their Creativity

Idea Champions

If your job requires you to lead meetings, brainstorming sessions , or problem solving gatherings of any kind, chances are good that most of the people you come in contact with are left-brain dominant: analytical, logical, linear folks with a passion for results and a huge fear that the meeting you are about to lead will end with a rousing chorus of kumbaya. Not exactly the kind of mindset conducive to breakthrough thinking. Periodically remind them of where they are in the process.

Can Innovation Work in a Work-from-Home World?

The Inovo Group

Whether you are an executive, manager or individual contributor with the responsibility to effectively navigate the next 6-18 months, it is imperative to be thinking more deeply about what WFH means for you, your team and your organization. Managers are usually the greatest bottleneck.

10 Ways to Help Left Brainers Tap Into Their Creativity

Idea Champions

If your job requires you to lead meetings, brainstorming sessions , or problem solving gatherings of any kind, chances are good that most of the people you come in contact with are left-brain dominant: analytical, logical, linear folks with a passion for results and a huge fear that the meeting you are about to lead will end with a rousing chorus of kumbaya. Not exactly the kind of mindset conducive to breakthrough thinking. Periodically remind them of where they are in the process.

10 Ways to Improve Your Company's Broken Ideation Process

Idea Champions

Which is why I just deleted the first four compelling, context-setting paragraphs to this blog post and will now simply cut to the chase: Your company's "ideation process" is either non-existent, seriously flawed, or a joke. How would you frame the question you want your creative team noodling on this week? Well, this phenomenon also applies to a company's ideation process. Goofy, incomplete briefs that send your creatives off on a wild goose chase. You're busy.

Ten Simple Ways to Establish a User Friendly Ideation Process

Idea Champions

Let's also assume that you and your company are not at a loss for these BIG IDEAS -- that they regularly make their appearance via any number of ways: brainstorming sessions, early morning team meetings, or simply the spontaneous epiphanies of the wild and crazy people down the hall. The countless ways in which your company's "ideation process" routinely springs leaks. So are brainstorming sessions, late night noodling, and creative off-sites.

Ten Simple Ways to Establish a User Friendly Ideation Process

Idea Champions

Let's also assume that you and your company are not at a loss for these BIG IDEAS -- that they regularly make their appearance via any number of ways: brainstorming sessions, early morning team meetings, or simply the spontaneous epiphanies of the wild and crazy people down the hall. The countless ways in which your company's "ideation process" routinely springs leaks. So are brainstorming sessions, late night noodling, and creative off-sites.

Ten Simple Ways to Establish a User Friendly Ideation Process

Idea Champions

Let's also assume that you and your company are not at a loss for these BIG IDEAS -- that they regularly make their appearance via any number of ways: brainstorming sessions, early morning team meetings, or simply the spontaneous epiphanies of the wild and crazy people down the hall. The countless ways in which your company's "ideation process" routinely springs leaks. So are brainstorming sessions, late night noodling, and creative off-sites.