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. […]
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Jim is president of InnoThink Group a human resources and leadership management consulting firm. He has an absolute passion for people development and are constantly refining and adapting his programs in order to ensure that they have the maximum impact on those we serve. – See more at: http://innothinkgroup.com/our-leadership.html