Today, I sat down with nonprofit staff members to generate ideas for them to reach more people and sell specific merchandise. With three of us, we filled two pages with ideas, and we each shared more insights and knowledge than any of us alone had started with.
We could have had these ideas any time, but we had to take time out, sit down together, and brainstorm to find them. And this is the best way to generate new ideas for your business.
How long has it been since you took time out from your business to brainstorm ways to improve it?
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I think it is a great practice to take the time and do this. Brainstorming is an activity that can lead to better communication among your team and an overall improved organization.
I bet you guys had some fun!
To add some value through this post I ran across some ‘Brainstorming Ground rules’ from a book I have titled ‘Banking on Innovation’
1.Take the risk of offering ideas.
3.Generate an abundance of ideas.
4.Build on the ideas of others.
5.Phrase ideas as statements, not questions.
6.Be brief (no storytelling)
7.Listen (no side talk, cell phones or blackberries)
Hope this helps.
Becky McCray says
Terrific additions! Thanks for taking time to share them.
We did have fun, Dan. Thanks.