The old suggestion box is a distant memory, but sometimes that kind of simplicity is what we desire. When you are trying to come up with new ideas to spark enthusiasm and team participation, a short, well-devised brainstorming session could do the trick.
Brainstorming isn’t new. However, it’s often overlooked as a company asset. Using your own staff to sift through wonderful, crazy and fun ideas to a solve a problem can be quick and productive.
Be sure to start with a target question that will get the ball rolling. The trick to great brainstorming is to build the energy and speed with
which the thoughts flow. Write each idea down on a whiteboard or big pad for all to see. Keep the ideas coming by asking “What else?” or “Keep them coming!”.
Employees like being involved in these sessions because when they see the ideas being implemented they feel included in company operations. Be mindful to eliminate any one person dominating and spread the input around the room by calling on the quiet ones for their input too. This raises morale and releases tension.
Using an experienced Facilitator can be helpful as well. Someone without skin in the game will appear more impartial and ready to work with everyone, removing any hint of company politics.
These sessions work well on a regular basis or at company retreats. Employees will look forward to them and after a few of these hurdles, your team will be mentally prepared, understand the rules and ready to play.
“Everything you desire is just outside of your comfort zone.”