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March 26, 2014

Brainstorming

In the past few weeks I have been very fortunate to have been involved in some exciting and demanding brainstorming sessions. I love them!

The term Brainstorming has become a commonly used word in the English language as a generic term for creative thinking. The basis of brainstorming is a generating ideas in a group situation based on the principle of suspending judgment - a principle which scientific research has proved to be highly productive in individual effort as well as group effort. The generation phase is separate from the judgment phase of thinking.

In Michael Morgan's book Creative Workforce Innovation he gives the following guidelines:

Brainstorming is a process that works best with a group of people when you follow the following four rules.

  1.  Have a well-defined and clearly stated problem
  2. Have someone assigned to write down all the ideas as they occur
  3. Have the right number of people in the group
  4. Have someone in charge to help enforce the following guidelines:
  •      Suspend judgment
  •      Every idea is accepted and recorded
  •      Encourage people to build on the ideas of others
  •      Encourage way-out and odd ideas

In Serious Creativity, Edward de Bono describes brainstorming as a traditional approach to do deliberate creative thinking with the consequence that people think creative thinking can only be done in groups. The whole idea of brainstorming is that other people's remarks would act to stimulate your own ideas in a sort of chain reaction of ideas.

Groups are not at all necessary for deliberate creative thinking, and Serious Creativity describes techniques for individuals to use to produce ideas. In a group you have to listen to others and you may spend time repeating your own ideas so they get sufficient attention. Thinking as a group using brainstorming can certainly produce ideas, but individual thinking using techniques such as those described by de Bono should be employed.

De Bono believes that individuals are much better at generating ideas and fresh directions. Once the idea ha been born then a group may be better able to develop the idea and take it in more directions than can the originator.

 

March 15, 2014

7 Shocking Stats & Trends about the Internet – Infographic

7 Shocking Stats & Trends About the Internet Infographic | Staff.com
Staff.com – Connecting Great Companies with Global Talent

Rob Rawson is a co-founder of Staff.com, a global recruitment platform where you can access very talented staff at affordable rates. They also have a technology called Time Doctor which is software to improve productivity and help keep track and know what your team is working on, even when working from home.


Rob resides in Sydney, Australia but can also be found in major cities around the globe, like Paris, Kiev or San Francisco.

 

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