4 Steps to a Perfect Brainstorm
So! You’re ready to develop a strategy for something Very Important. It’s time to gather a group of your colleagues for a brainstorm – are you ready to pull in the best ideas?
Here’s what to do!
- Is everyone at the table on the same page? …nope? Bring the group up to speed with a 5-minute brief on what you hope to accomplish [and why].
- It’s easy to lose focus when the ideas are flying, so remember to keep your goals in mind. If you have a coworker who contributes off-topic ideas, redirect the conversation back to something useful.
- Don’t drag things out past 45 minutes or so. If you see attention start to wane, that’s a sign that you should’ve wrapped things up – about 15 minutes ago.
- Your group helped you pull together great ideas. Now it’s up to you to execute! You can help great ideas see the light of day. Feels good, doesn’t it?