The 10 Commandments of Effective Brainstorming

Gregg Fraley

The Sins That Ruin Idea Generation. Redefine Brainstorming If You Want Results. . It’s okay to hate Brainstorming. ” Well, you bother because you need ideas. There have been many studies of brainstorming and articles written.

In Search of the Perfect Brainstorm: An Update of Collaborative Ideation

InnovationManagement

The post In Search of the Perfect Brainstorm: An Update of Collaborative Ideation appeared first on InnovationManagement. Imaginary scenario: you have been invited to a meeting to explore new approaches to a wicked problem. Loudmouth Number 1 describes his solution.

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How to Break the 5 Habits That Hurt Ideation

InnovationManagement

Here are five ways to break the pattern and gather a wealth of ideas for your organization. Many companies find it hard to prioritize ideation. The post How to Break the 5 Habits That Hurt Ideation appeared first on InnovationManagement.

Brainstorming Rules (What are the Rules for Brainstorming Sessions?)

InnovationTraining.org

Brainstorming” as a concept was originally devised by Alex Osborn as a group ideation activity. Today, many people just consider individual idea generating (or thinking) as brainstorming – when it was originally meant to be a group experience…a brainstorming session.

Announcing Momentum Creative Problem Solving (MCPS)

Gregg Fraley

A highly creative new method for solving difficult problems. Accelerate the Momentum of Work and Life Projects With Focused Creativity. Three Oaks, Michigan, Wednesday April 21st, an announcement on International Creativity and Innovation Day. Everybody is creative.

Creativity Is Where Innovation Starts

Gregg Fraley

Creative Thinking Can Be Trained. Train Creativity First, Innovation Next . My new message about innovation is — get back to basics first — and that means the spark of it all, creativity. Yes, I’m an innovation writer, trainer, and consultant, AND, without a creative culture you’re building innovation on a mound of sand. With creativity activated, facilitators like me help others innovate, using advanced frameworks and tools.

Ten Ways to use Lateral Thinking for Creative Problem Solving

Destination Innovation

Short video with ten tips and techniques to help you use lateral thinking for idea generation and creative problem solving. The post Ten Ways to use Lateral Thinking for Creative Problem Solving appeared first on Destination Innovation. Brainstorming and Ideation de bono lateral thinking problem solving random word reverse the problem scamper six hats subconscious video

80% Of Brainstorming Sessions Don’t Work

Gregg Fraley

80% Of Brainstorming Sessions Don’t Work. Seven Idea Generation Fails. Redefine Brainstorming and Get Better Results. I might be getting to old to hold back on saying this about ideation, aka idea generation, aka brainstorming. Based on my experience, about 80% of idea generation doesn’t work. As the drawing suggests, please, let’s redefine brainstorming. Brainstorming is all group work.

Seven Ways to Prepare for Effective Brainstorming

Gregg Fraley

Prepare, Then Brainstorm. Most brainstorming doesn’t work. The literature bashing brainstorming is extensive. Ideas are still needed to fill pipelines! I’m going to focus on one problem with brainstorming in this post: lack of preparation. There is not enough mental preparation done with participants before brainstorming/idea generation sessions. Fresh combinations of concepts are what creates breakthrough ideas.

Tune-In To Taster Tools On Thursday

Gregg Fraley

The 30 minute weekly webinar features demonstrations of various facilitation tools for: strategy, challenge clarification, idea generation (aka brainstorming), problem framing, idea selection, innovation projects, and idea development, etc.

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Get 12x More Ideas Than Brainstorming

Innovation Excellence

Innovation will only be as successful as the number of high-quality ideas available to inspire, inform, and guide the process. 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.

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. The big picture the article misses is that brainstorming is not a single tool, it’s a system. They mention Osborn in the article but don’t accept his definition of brainstorming.

How Can You Make Your Next Brainstorming Session Rock

Rmukesh Gupta

Prime for Creativity. People are generally not in mindset to be creative. We need to get them to a mindset where they can be creative, if our purpose is to get the most creative ideas that are possible. Start your brainstorming session by playing a game that requires creativity. Start by using humour (watch a funny, yet creative video). Idea Coach. Ideation and brainstorming is very serious business. One idea per post-it note.

Know Your Brain Type and Get More Ideas

Innovation Excellence

This is another article about Quantum Idea Generation a process proven to generate at least 12 X more ideas than brainstorming. In previous articles, I've addressed the first two of four Quantum Idea Generation elements – diversity and stimulus. Continue reading → Build Capability Cognition Creativity Uncategorized Brain Assessment Brain Exercises brainstorming ideation Quatnum Idea Generation

How to Run a Good Brainstorming Session

Rmukesh Gupta

I am sure that everyone of us, me included, have at one point or other, been invited to join in a brainstorm to come up with ideas to solve a given problem. As a design thinking coach, I end up facilitating a lot of such brainstorms as it is one of the core steps in the problem solving approach. Irrespective of the cohort that I am working with, there are a few questions that typically come up every time I facilitate a brainstorming session. Crazy ideas.

Ideas are worth nothing without execution

Idea to Value

I often tell my clients and students that ideas are priceless. Because you cannot put a price on an idea. When it comes to creative ideas, they need to be executed. If an idea just stays in your mind, or the mind of anyone else, it has no value and can make no impact.

To Innovate: Learn, Scaffold, Ideate

Gregg Fraley

Deliberately embracing learning — as part of the innovation process — can lead to better ideas and improved innovation results. Acquiring knowledge across many domains is about broad-based learning, and it’s often where big “I” innovation comes from.This allows creative combinations of ideas and concepts from one area — with ideas or concepts from another. Inventions and ideas are, essentially, new combinations of existing concepts.

Five Innovation Workshop Questions

InnovationManagement

There are a lot of best practices that we recommend to our customers: start with the end in mind, adopt criteria to drive ideation, use at least seven channels to communicate with your end user, respond to ideas with positive feedback and questions. But there’s another piece of simple advice that we give to all of our customers when they’re preparing an innovation challenge: seed your community with a few ideas before you launch.

Brainstorming with innovator Laurie Steiner

Betterific

In this installment of brainstorming with an innovator , we invite Laurie Steiner , who won our wireless innovation competition. I love doing these series, because we get to learn more about our members – what gets them going, why they do what they do, and how they come up with such creative ideas. See below to learn more about Laurie’s fascinating good deeds and how ADDHD is the secret sauce to her brainstorming. LS: I love ideas.

Seven Innovation Fundamentals for Leaders

Gregg Fraley

Frameworks assume: engaged leadership, talent on the team, day to day creativity, curiosity, and domain knowledge. Seven Innovation Fundamentals: Applying creative thinking to problems. There is no innovation without creativity. Individuals and teams need to be creative in order to solve focused innovation challenges. Still, curiosity, freedom of expression, and creative thinking are essential to success. Innovation Fundamentals for Leaders.

Seven Facilitation Fails

Gregg Fraley

As an example, most brainstorming sessions fail because the challenge is not properly framed. A professional facilitator has ways to stop the behaviour — and make people think it was their idea. Facilitation of Innovation Meetings Requires a Highly Specific Set of Skills, Frameworks, Tools — and Experience. Professional Facilitation and/or Training Makes a Difference*. Seven Facilitation Fails. Innovation projects are about a lot of meetings.

The One Question Innovation Culture Assessment

Gregg Fraley

Self-expression is the faucet of creative thinking, and without creative thinking you won’t have much innovation. In the various types of innovation training that GFi (Gregg Fraley Innovation) does, it’s interesting that stop-action Improv scenes lead to amazingly effective brainstorming. Are You Having Fun? Innovation Should Be Fun, Joyful, and About Playing With Concepts. The One Question Innovation Culture Assessment.

Accelerate Innovation — With Experiential Learning

Gregg Fraley

They go straight to brainstorming without preparing minds, and that’s a big reason sessions fail. That improved understanding, directly applied to an innovation challenge, is how you get to a breakthrough idea. Insights gained inspire ideas to create something new. Sessions often fail to find breakthrough ideas. The hard part is the integration with the challenge, but if you do it properly, it pays off in breakthrough ideas.

GFi Innovation — Fall Training Course Schedule

Gregg Fraley

The course covers management mandates, project cycles, resourcing, idea management systems, idea generation tools, concept development, prototyping, and pitch presentations. All participants walk away with a shell framework and ideas they can put to immediate use. Brainstorming done effectively, more ideas, better ideas, and powerful tools for amping and refining ideas. More effective innovation cycles, more effective brainstorming.

Could Repeated Practice Reduce Creativity?

Michael Roberto

The Contrasting Effects of Repeated Practice on Creativity." These scholars asked the question: "Could repeatedly 'exercising' the creativity muscle help build up creative performance over time?" brainstorming creativity design thinking teams

Economic Development Teams Need Innovation Training

Gregg Fraley

If Innovation is all about projects, and it is , shouldn’t economic development be a continuous brainstorm (and subsequent implementation projects) to: Leverage current community assets? Find new and creative partnerships within the community? I wonder how often economic development teams brainstorm (effectively) on the list above? I’m watching South Bend, Indiana develop an amazing start-up culture at the Idea Center connected to Notre Dame.

Digital Technology MoshPit

Gregg Fraley

Discover Ideas for Long Term and Tactical Innovation Projects. GFi is now offering a new version of MoshPit to discover ideas that exploit new digital technologies. Ideas for innovation projects emerge from the intensive sessions. Digital Technology MoshPit finds undiscovered tactical and strategic innovation project ideas. The secret sauce in the design of a MoshPit session is how fresh thinking is scaffolded through the discovery and idea generation process.

Ten Things United Airlines Might Have Done

Gregg Fraley

Creative Training Would Have Helped. Two Points to Make related to Creativity and Innovation: 1.) Training in customer service and creative thinking would be at the heart of a program, but would also need to find breakthrough new ways to serve customers. That training and innovative change program would be enhanced with creative problem solving training. They could have created a package that combines several of the above ideas.

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Brainstorming with Innovator Thomas Williams

Betterific

In today’s installment of “Brainstorming with Innovator” we invite one of our most prolific and active members, Thomas Williams. Tom has been a member of the site for at least a year and since joining he has been a phenomenal source of innovation and a deep well of ideas. He has made a name for himself on the platform and is part of a unique and dynamic duo – his wife, Kelly Williams is just as creative and innovative.

Creative Problem Solving Techniques Training

InnovationTraining.org

Explore creative problem solving techniques, activities, and articles. One such approach is creative problem solving, a methodology focused on divergent thinking. Learn more about this methodology and discover creative problem solving techniques, activities, and more articles to read below. . What is Creative Problem Solving? Creative problem solving (CPS) is a method that encourages you to find new perspectives and come up with innovative solutions.

3 Innovation Specialists Busting the Myth About Brainstorming

Innovation in Practice

When thinking about creativity in teams, we often imagine a bunch of people in front of a flipchart throwing on the paper whatever comes to their mind – brainstorming. But, what actually is brainstorming? This is how Mark McGuinness defines the term: “‘Brainstorming’ is such a common word that it’s often used to describe any meeting or conversation designed to generate ideas. The danger with brainstorming is that quantity does not equal quality.

Silent Geniuses: Why we need more respect for the creativity of introverts

Idea to Value

Share this post with anyone who you know who wishes that they had the courage to speak up and let people know about their ideas. Imagine what you think a “creative person” looks like, and what they behave like. Chances are, you probably have a picture of someone coming up with lots of ideas. Or you might even just think of the person in your business who is always the first person to come up with a seemingly great idea in a brainstorming session.

12X More Ideas Than Brainstorming for Any Innovation Need, Any Time, and For Any Business

Innovate2Grow Experts

You will get an overview of how you can consistently generate at least 12 X more ideas than brainstorming for any need, at any time, in any kind of business. Quantum Idea Generation 2.0 Here is what is in this blog: You will confidently know that there is a powerful alternative to traditional brainstorming. Quantum Idea Generation 2.0 produces 12 times more ideas than brainstorming. Quantum Idea Generation 2.0

Facilitation Works Miracles

Gregg Fraley

The client started by saying he wanted to do a brainstorming session. It wasn’t brainstorming that was needed. As it turns out the session was really more about idea development and elaboration. In a session I did a few years ago we generated four patents in one day.

Brainstorming with an expert, Matt Nelson

Betterific

In this installment of “Brainstorming with an [innovation] expert” we invite Matt Nelson from Hyundai. In Matt’s explanation of “how an idea becomes a product” you’ll notice that idea generation is the fourth stage of the process. Because Betterific and our members focus exclusively on the idea generation and concept validation phase, it’s great to get some context and understand the greater picture.

Different Ideas Emerge From Different Doing

Gregg Fraley

” “We don’t do idea generation well.” If you are relying on best practices, and not making an effort to go beyond them, you aren’t going to arrive at different or breakthrough ideas. For example, instead of doing a classic brainstorm, or ideation, do a MoshPit. Instead of doing Brainstorming, do Brainwriting , or better yet, a BrainWalk. Different Isn’t That Difficult; It Requires … Doing Things Differently.

IDEATION 2020: Online Brainstorm Facilitation Coaching

Idea Champions

clear vision), Idea Champions is thrilled to announce the launch of an exciting new offering -- an elegant way for its time-crunched, Conducting Genius graduates to upgrade the quality and impact of their brainstorming sessions. Our 142-page brainstorm facilitation workbook.

Projects Are How Innovation Happens

Gregg Fraley

Having beers and kicking ideas around are not innovation. Brainstorming sessions are not innovation. Idea Campaigns are not innovation. Creative Problem Solving is not innovation. If you want proof of this idea that it’s all about projects just see what Min Basadur , Edwards Demming , and Joseph Juran say about how to innovate and change and improvement in organizational culture. Projects, Projects, Projects.

Training is an Innovation Accelerant II

Gregg Fraley

When I step into a room to facilitate an innovation, strategy, or idea generation session I always find a great deal of energy. Yes, you can train people in creative thinking, Front-End-of-Innovation (FEI) frameworks, and in meeting facilitation. The research that says brainstorming doesn’t work studied groups with no training and no facilitator. You’ll see immediate results with creativity, innovation, and facilitation training.

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.

Creativity: More Ideas Leads to Better Ideas

Michael Roberto

The paper is titled, "Quantity yields quality when it comes to creativity: a brain and behavioral test of the equal-odds rule." The notion is that you have the best chance of coming up with a truly great idea if you brainstorm as many ideas as possible.

Get Better Ideas with this Starter Exercise

Destination Innovation

Then everyone took a creativity test. The people in the first group with the fluid movements scored 24% higher in their creativity scores. So before your next idea generation session try this exercise. They then make gestures following your instructions as follows: “We will be open to ideas.” “We want big ideas.” ” People stretch out their arms as far as they can. “We want many ideas.”

Why Do Some Brainstorming Sessions Suck?

Innovationship

9 BAD HABITS TO BREAK FOR BETTER IDEATION Time flies, seasons change, and before you know it, the annual barrage of articles trashing the validity of brainstorming is once again upon us. To argue that brainstorming doesn’t work is to simply ignore the thousands of amazing ideas and innovations that came to the world as a result of countless sessions of collaborative creativity that was, for all intents and purposes, brainstorming.