A great way to encourage team collaboration and creative new ideas is group brainstorming. Letting ideas flow freely and bounce around between multiple members of your office can help you find unique new solutions to business problems. Group collaboration can be helpful, but can also be a time-waster; before you let you team run with ideas, read on for 3 tips to make the process productive and worthwhile.
- Put it in the Calendar
Let your team know there will be a group brainstorming session before you begin the meeting; they will be able to plan ahead and begin to think about the issue. Encourage them to bring creative ideas and initial reactions to the problem with them so everyone is prepared. If you’re looking for extra creativity, consider holding a walking or outdoor meeting.
- Outline the Rules
To make sure group brainstorming doesn’t become unproductive, outline the rules and goals for the session. It’s important to let all ideas hold equal weight, allow each member of the team to be heard and avoid criticism of ideas. Used since the 1940’s, group brainstorming was developed with the simple premise that anyone could solve complex problems by encouraging creativity and eliminating judgment.
- Keep an Eye on Morale
Since group brainstorming prioritizes unique or “wacky” ideas, it’s important all members of the group are actively engaged and feeling included. Morale can dip easily in a team collaboration session if an employee feels like their idea wasn’t fairly considered. In order to keep your workers happy, it can be helpful to tie group brainstorming opportunities to team building or morale boosting activities.
Scheduling the collaboration so your team is prepared, outlining the rules from the start and keeping an eye on morale are great tips to make group brainstorming as productive as possible. Collaborating in teams can encourage new ideas and help you see problems in ways you never have before. For additional tips on motivating and engaging your office, read more articles on our blog today or contact us.