Back to Back Issues Page newsletter #010 Creativity & Brainstorming - May 19 2005
May 13, 2005

May - Management for the Rest of Us

"Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training." Anna Freud

Many workplaces dull imagination, stifle original thought and kill creativity. But it doesn't have to be like that. It is possible to let yourself and people who work with you unleash their potential creative energy, with a few simple techniques that you can apply today.

Brainstorming is a creativity technique popular in the workplace. Brainstorming can be attributed with being a massive time waster, if used in inappropriately or without any boundaries. Here are 7 brainstorming rules and techniques to help you get more from group problem solving and turn a time waster into a time maker.

You've had a rotten journey to work, stuck in traffic, rained on and if that wasn't enough, the coffee machine is broken. Sometimes it's hard to get the creative juices flowing. Here are 3 Creative Brainstorming Activities, Games and Exercises For Effective Group Problem Solving designed to kick start your creative day

On a personal note, I'd like to manage your expectations about the Management For The Rest Of Us newsletter timing and frequency over the coming few months. Currently I'm struggling to reach the key board as there is a 8 1/2 month old bump getting in the way. I anticipate I will be distracted from writing new articles and newsletters by the arrival of my first child, so please bear with me if there are some long pauses between newsletters!

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Lyndsay Swinton

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1. 7 Brainstorming Rules & Techniques to Get More From Group Problem Solving
We all know that a camel was a horse designed by a committee – right?!!. This perfectly demonstrates the unwritten law of business, where the output of a group does not equal the sum of the individual parts. Use these 7 brainstorming rules and techniques and be the exception to the rule, get more from group problem and keep the creative juices focussed and flowing.....

2. 3 Creative Brainstorming Activities, Games and Exercises For Effective Group Problem Solving
Just because you call thirty minutes in a room-full of people and a flip chart a brainstorming activity, doesn’t make it successful. For problem solving brainstorming to be effective, a little bit of coaxing will make all the difference. Here are three brainstorming activities, games and exercises to transform your problem solving sessions.


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