Quick Brainstorming Activities for Busy Managers

50 Exercises to Spark Your Team's Creativity and Get Results Fast

 Quick Brainstorming Activities for Busy Managers

Author: Brian Cole Miller
Pub Date: January 2012
Print Edition: $18.95
Print ISBN: 9780814417928
Page Count: 208
Format: Paper or Softback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814417935

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Table of Contents

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER 1: BRAINSTORMING 101

What Is Brainstorming?

Why Use Brainstorming?

What Are the Basic Rules of Brainstorming?

How Is a Brainstorming Session Conducted?

What Could Go Wrong?

Summary

CHAPTER 2: IT ALL STARTS WITH A QUESTION

Use Focus Questions to Kick Off a Successful

Brainstorming Session

Using Focus Questions for Idea Generation

A Final Note About Focus Questions

Keep the Ideas Flowing After the Focus Question

Putting It All Together

Summary

CHAPTER 3: THE POWER OF THE PEN

The Four Rules of Recording Brainstorming Sessions

Summary

CHAPTER 4: BRAINSTORMING TECHNIQUES

Traditional Brainstorming

Stickies

Bubbles

Chips

Grids

Last One Standing

Mind Maps

Paper Swap

Plus One

Round Robin

Silent Brainstorm

Taking Turns

CHAPTER 5: CREATIVITY EXERCISES

Associations

Brainstorm Bash

Mega-Doodles

Exaggerations

Forced Conflict

Free Writing

Jeopardy

Let’s Get Physical

Mind Readeri

Objects

Pictures

Reverse Brainstorming

Roles

Six Perspectives

Stop and Start

Storytellers

Web Surfing

CHAPTER 6: GROUPING METHODS

Alphabet Categories

Card Sort

Leaderless

Quick Sort

Symbols

CHAPTER 7: PRIORITIZATION PROCESSES

Balloons

Dots

Grid-Based Decision

Investing in Ideas

Ranked Pairs

Pros and Cons

Rotating Charts

Seven

Sudden Death

Thumbs-Up Consensus

Weighted Scores

CHECKLISTS

INDEX

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