5 Real Reasons Leaders Shouldn’t Lead Brainstorming Sessions


Leaders or managers attempting to orchestrate brainstorming sessions tend to squash the creative flow needed to resolve challenges. Their authority changes the trajectory.

There’s a HUGE difference between facilitating and leading a brainstorm session. Leaders get people to follow them. Facilitators get people to follow the yellow brick road of their own imagination. Capisce?

What follows are five classic ways that less-than-evolved brainstorm facilitators tend to manipulate the ideation process. Any of them familiar to you?

1. Verbally judge ideas as they are presented

2. Scribe only the ideas they approve of

3. Spend more time pitching their own ideas than listening to the ideas of others

4. Develop only ideas consistent with their own limiting assumptions

5. Use the forum to enroll participants into their own pet projects

What to do? End the madness! The next time you see the wrong person about to facilitate a brainstorm session, intervene! Speak up! Send them the link to this blog post. Or volunteer to lead the session yourself. […]

Read full Article via Why Leaders Shouldn’t Lead Brainstorming Sessions | Mitch Ditkoff.

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