When faced with a problem or challenge, it is all too easy to fall into the trap of not thinking widely enough.
Brainstorming is a technique which is highly effective in coming up with a range of options for tackling problems or challenges.
The basic idea behind brainstorming is to allow the free flow of ideas, without any judgement or evaluation in the first instance.
One of the mistakes that is often made is for the generation of ideas to be done as a group with a facilitator writing down ideas on the flipchart.
While this type of approach works well for the extrovert or outgoing types, the views of the introverted or more quiet people are often never obtained.
The way to overcome this is to get people to record their ideas by themselves initially on post-it notes. The post-it notes can then be put on to the wall or flipchart to ensure that the views are collected.
Brainstorming without doubt has the potential to take thinking to a whole new level. So what’s your best example of brainstorming working effectively in problem solving? Why not leave a comment?
Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements helps accountants and health professionals to achieve success and realize their professional potential through being highly effective leaders and managers. For more information and to sign up for his free audio e-course click here
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 7,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.