Determine who is involved in the brainstorm

Determine who is involved in the brainstorm

Identify the roles and expertise you want, and then find people who fit that description. This will help you ensure that the group you bring together is more diverse, bringing a range of different backgrounds and perspectives to the problem-solving task.

Prior to the pandemic, it was a hurdle for people with broad and diverse perspectives to be in the same room, physically together. With remote work, it is easier to bring in people having a range of different backgrounds and perspectives to sit together remotely and brainstorm on the task at hand.

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It shows that, during part of the sessions that involves idea generation, individuals think differently about a problem if they work alone. But when you bring the group together to generate ideas, they tend to think alike, converging on a common solution.

So start your brainstorming process by having each person generate potential solutions on their own, or perhaps have them work in small groups to think about possibilities.

Distance, whether physical, time-oriented, or social, makes the human mind think in an abstract manner. This is known as the construal-level theory.

Being physically distant from the problem at hand makes our viewpoint abstract, which can help us provide a birds-eye view of the problem and associate it with our own area of expertise, forming useful analogies and connections.

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“If you want to have good ideas, you must have many ideas.”

  1. Lay out the problem you want to solve.
  2. Identify the objectives of a possible solution.
  3. Try to generate solutions individually.
  4. Once you have gotten clear on your problems, your objectives and your personal solutions to the problems, work as a group.
The Brain And The “Box”

As we age, our brains become increasingly more ingrained into familiar patterns and routines.

Our acquired patterns and routines virtually confine us to our thinking to "the box", or more precisely, to a more left-hemisphere dominant style of handling information. But learning to tap into the more creative right hemisphere of the brain can generate new insights, enabling you to think in a unique manner about both the problems and opportunities. 

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