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Individual ideation results in 2x the ideas.

A Yale study found that when individuals came up with ideas by themselves, there were double the amount generated during a group session.

To capitalise on this, you should capture people's ideas before bringing them to the whole group. Then, once in the group, the ideas should be "plussed".

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Creativity is an in-demand skill, with studies showing that CEOs feel "innovation" is the number one priority for their business. But 77% of those CEOs also believe it's hard to find employees with creativity and innovation skills.

Traditional group brainstorming isn't as productive as we think. 

After taking over Pixar, Steve Jobs implemented a policy of "plussing", which led to great success. 

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In working cultures, there is an underlying belief that "productivity requires speed". Therefore, organisations value people who work fast, make quick decisions and tick off their to-do list. 

Our tendency to value fast productivity prevents us from keeping an open mind once we find a solution to a problem.

Organisations tend to reward "smart-talkers", who sound more intelligent when they're critical of others, ideas, and works. 

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