Submitted by John McKee
For most, dieting is not for the long haul. Health professionals will say that learning to reign in the big meals and how to stay active will increase a person’s chances of staying in shape and healthy.
Organizations are similar. Businesses that encourage constant collaboration and new ideas are exercising their creative muscles.
Here are some thoughts about keeping a healthy and successful organization just that: healthy and successful.
-Don’t make brainstorming a formal activity. New ideas may come about at the least expected time.
-When problem solving, start with a blank slate. Don’t bring preconceived notions to the brainstorming session, as they could hinder the progress your team makes.
-Some people are not team players. Meetings can easily be dominated by the bigger personalities while the more introverted people don’t get a chance to speak up. Don’t let this happen to your team.
-Don’t be bound by policy. Let your team create without being restrained by corporate restrictions.
-Remember to treat all members of your team equally, regardless of their education or lack there of. If they are part of your team, they have knowledge and experience, and they deserve a right to have a say.
-It’s always a good idea to bring other departments in on your brainstorming sessions as they can provide different perspectives.
-Simplify your schedule as much as possible. The fewer meetings, the better. You’ll have more time to flex your creative muscles instead of dashing off to meeting after meeting.