Brainstorming frees you to be creative and releases you from doing things the way you have always done them. -Emily Tevault, Chief Producktivity Officer
Identifying your ducks (ideas, tasks, roles) gives you the foundation to make an informed decision. There are different ways to gather information and the use of a variety of methods such as collecting data, brainstorming, and researching helps you identify all of your possibilities.
You can use many methods to brainstorm and it can be done individually and with a group. There are advantages to both. Individual brainstorming offers the opportunity to be more focused. You have your own flow of ideas that can be captured instantly. You are more likely to write down every idea no matter how unusual it may sound. Group brainstorming allows you to gather creative ideas from a diverse group of people, and one thought will build off of another person’s comment. An effective facilitator keeps the group focused on idea generation, is encouraging, and establishes a comfortable environment. In a group setting, everyone’s input needs to be welcomed, heard, and documented. Avoid actions that can stunt the process such as criticizing, judging, or championing ideas. In order to keep fresh ideas flowing, in-depth discussion of any ideas needs to be saved until the end of the session.
Be a LEADER, and move ideas to action using Producktivity®, a unique, interactive personal and professional organizational tool that assists individuals and organizations with improving their decision making and time management skills. Guiding Principles: Identify. Connect. Organize.