Category Archives: brainstorming

Why Nothing Happens After a Brainstorming Session

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How many times have you participated in a brainstorming session, only to be underwhelmed by the utter lack of follow up? Unfortunately, in most businesses, this is often the norm. Here's why:

1. The output of the session is underwhelming.
2. No one has taken the time, pre-brainstorm, to consider follow-up.
3. No criteria is established to evaluate output.
4. No next steps are established at the end of the session.
5. No champions are identified.

25 Reasons Why Brainstorming Sessions Fail in Your Company

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Whenever I ask my clients to tell me about the quality of their company's brainstorming sessions, they usually roll their eyes and grumble, noting several of the phenomena below.

Recognize any of them in your organization?

1. Lame facilitation
2. Wrong problem statement
3. Unmotivated participants
4. Hidden (or competing) agendas
5. Insufficient diversity of participants
6. Addiction to the status quo
7. Lack of clear ground rules
8. Sterile meeting space
9. No transition from "business as usual"
10. Lack of robust participation

5 Ways to Defeat the Innovation Myth

Busting the alluring lie that a good idea is all it takes to be more innovative. Peter Drucker used to say, “Good intentions don’t move mountains; Bulldozers do!” I’d like to modify that by swapping the word “ideas” for “intentions.” Anathema! Ideas are the mother’s milk of innovation, right? Not so quick; hear me out. ...

5 Ways to Defeat the Innovation Myth

Busting the alluring lie that a good idea is all it takes to be more innovative. Peter Drucker used to say, “Good intentions don’t move mountains; Bulldozers do!” I’d like to modify that by swapping the word “ideas” for “intentions.” Anathema! Ideas are the mother’s milk of innovation, right? Not so quick; hear me out. ...

FREE ONLINE POLL: How to Improve Your Company’s Ideation Process

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Here's the simplest way to figure out how to improve your company's ideation process: Enter Idea Champions' FREE IDEATION POLL CONTEST. Just send an email to office@ideachampions and write "Ideation Poll" in the subject line. We'll put your name in the proverbial hat on May 1st and, blinfolded, pick out three winners. If YOU are one of the winners, we'll send you a link to our ideation poll which you, in turn, will forward to your workforce. A week after that we'll send you the results along with a some useful "food for thought". The value? You will better understand where the holes are in your company's idea generation bucket so you can begin patching them or getting a different bucket. Sneaky marketing shtick from us? None. Zero. Nada. Zilch.

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Brainstorm Facilitation Training for Idiot Savants (and other wise ones)

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This just in! Brainstorming in most organizations sucks. Or, if "sucks" is the wrong word, how about "severely under-delivers"? The good folks of Idea Champions (that's us) have found a way to put an end to this madness. Yes, we have. And yes, we can. Click here for a taste of where we're coming from -- 13 brief videos of us laying it all on the line. Think brainstorming is a waste of time? Click here.

The Best Written 142-Page Book on Brainstorming That Is Not For Sale

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This is the only 142-page book we know of that teaches people how to facilitate kick-ass brainstorming sessions -- including 18 creative thinking techniques, tips, tools, guidelines, checklists, rants, and the happy distillation of 27 years worth of what we've learned leading ideation sessions for companies like these who have all been very pleased with our services.

Oh, I almost forget, you cannot buy this book anywhere. It's not for sale.