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Introduction Have you ever sat through a two-hour staff meeting and left feeling disappointed about  what was accomplished? Have you ever tried to generate ideas for your company’s latest  crisis but couldn’t come up with anything? If you answered “yes” to the questions above,  it’s likely that your company should practice new techniques in order to brainstorm more  effectively. Brainstorming is a powerful practice that can make or break an organization. Think  about it: Inventions like the automobile and the computer weren’t created by one person  generating ideas alone; they were made possible because of teamwork. Coworkers are  valuable resources. When people work together, respecting one another, the results are  satisfying. However, if employees fail to prepare for meetings, don’t contribute to the  group’s ideas, and insult the ideas of others, brainstorming sessions will be detrimental  to the group’s progress. Instructions In this manual, you will find the following: 1. Ways in which you can prepare for your brainstorming meetings, including notes  on personality testing, a training video, and brainstorming rules 2. A variety of brainstorming methods suggested by academic scholars in  communication and workplace practices 3. A literature review of several empirical articles that depict successful  brainstorming 4. Techniques for deciding how to choose the best method for your company based  on survey results Objectives By using our manual, you will be able to: 1. Make the best use of meeting time by sticking to 30- to 40-minute guidelines 2. Choose a method that best suits your organization’s needs based on the results of  the exit surveys 3. Teach employees how to accept the ideas of others and motivate fellow employees  through meeting preparation information and a video introduction How to Brainstorm Effectively 1  |  P a g e
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Before the Meeting Setting an agenda for your meeting is crucial. It is your responsibility as a manager to  inform employees about the goals of the meeting and direct them to resources for how  they can prepare. Employees should be very familiar with the issue that will be discussed  and should come prepared with ideas to contribute. Additionally, employees should be aware of the issue in a broader context. Oftentimes,  researching the ways in which other companies handle the issue can be extremely  beneficial. Analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of their problem-solving techniques  and learning from their mistakes can put your organization ahead of the game.
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