Clever Brainstorming Techniques

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I’m always looking for innovative ways to think up new projects; about problems and answers; and to understand workforce issues and opportunities.

Recently I came across Speed Thinking by Ken Hudson which has 4 steps:

1. Start – brainstorm 9 ideas in 2 minutes (individually or in a group)

2. Evaluate – in 2 minutes pick the best idea in 2 minutes

3. Build – make this 1 idea 9 times better in 2 minutes

4. Action – identify 9 action steps in 2 minutes

Blue Ocean Strategy by W Chan Kim & Renee Mawborgne 2005 aims to create value innovation with their 4 actions framework:

– Reduce – Which factors should be reduced?

– Create – Which factors should be created?

– Raise – Which factors should be raised?

– Eliminate – Which of the factors should be eliminated?

Think Better by Tim Hurson says productive thinking in action starts with:

– What’s the itch?

-What’s the impact?

-What’s the information

– What do you know and wonder?

-Who’s involved?

-What the vision?

Thinking differently doesn’t often come naturally and using these techniques moves you away from looking at things in the same old way.

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