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Does brainstorning encourage laziness?

A provocation from HBR… One reason why brainstorming meetings are a waste of time: social loafing http://t.co/Y3509np4IU pic.twitter.com/FLfdkOHRA3 — Harvard Biz Review (@HarvardBiz) March 27, 2015 but I agree with this user…it all depends on how you design your group session @HarvardBiz Not a waste of time if you use a brainstorming framework & formal […]

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Why brainstorming doesn’t work

So did that last brainstorming session you were in that was meant to generate a hundred ideas deliver? If not, here’s why: The reasons brainstorming fails are instructive for other forms of group work, too. People in groups tend to sit back and let others do the work; they instinctively mimic others’ opinions and lose […]

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Design The Work Experience

Innovation is about arguing, not brainstorming.

“the idea behind brainstorming is right. To innovate, we need environments that support imaginative thinking, where we can go through many crazy, tangential, and even bad ideas to come up with good ones. We need to work both collaboratively and individually. We also need a healthy amount of heated discussion, even arguing. We need places […]

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In defense of (well facilitated) brainstorming

In the previous post on this blog I pointed to an article which amongst other things was critical of brainstorming as an idea generation technique. This article was from the NY Times. It seems groupwork, derided by the moniker groupthink is under fire on other fronts with another article in the New Yorker.  this came […]

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The Work Experience

The Rise of the New Groupthink

We have all heard the phrase “design by commitee” and we all know that it means a compromised process and result. Yet there is no critique of work environments and practices that result in this group think. We think design by commitee happens in meetings attended by bosses. Could it be that it is happening […]