Do a Brainstorm Session to Make (or Prepare for) Major Decisions

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Do a Brainstorm Session to Make (or Prepare for) Major Decisions
V SHRIDHAR, Consultant, India, Member
It is adviseable to conduct a branstorm session before any big project for an effective decision making. In my long years of industrial experience I have found it is useful and wise to do brainstorming before taking any major decision.
The members of the group should be from various functional areas, such as production, planning, purchase, maintenance, stores and safety. This helps in two ways:
1. All aspects are covered while a final decision is made,
2. It makes all the members duty bound to adhere to the decision.
Note that it is imperative that the person responsible for making the decision is answerable and will be held responsible for the final outcome....Sign up

Manager's Competence for Guide Brainstorming
Miftachu Rochman, Indonesia, Member
It's a challange for any project manager to motivate all participants and make them express their opinions. How can a manager build his competence to ...Sign up

Manager's Competence in Guiding Brainstorming
Jamil Adil, Manager, Pakistan, Member
It is a real challenge.. Let me first amend to what Shiridhar has mentioned.
The project manager should be an excellent facilitator to ensure th...Sign up

Brainstorming for Decision Making
zahid Hussain, Management Consultant, Pakistan, Member
In my opinion, when you do a brainstorm to prepare for major decisions, the selection of the team for the brainstorming session is important. <...Sign up

Brainstorming and the Requiring Environment
Nick Anderson, Business Consultant, United States, Member
In my experience, for brainstorming to lead to ideas that people are committed to only happens when people are on the same page.
Apart from the s...Sign up

Open Forum may present Better Options
Luciano Santini, Coach, United States, Member
I believe that before making the final choice on a project all those involved need to sit and listen to all options. This will give an open forum and ...Sign up

Brainstorming and Leadership
V SHRIDHAR, Consultant, India, Member
Brainstorming, as everyone has agreed is a means to take right decision for successful completion of a project. Many a time there is no choice for ...Sign up

Brainstorming Requires Neutral Moderator
Prabhakaran, Manager, India, Member
Yes. Brain storming is effective tool for decsion making. But to avoid biased conclusion, a neutral moderator has to head the session....Sign up

Brainstorming Towards Decision Making
Leodegardo M. Pruna, Professor, Philippines, Member
@Miftachu Rochman: easy, build up trust, respect and transparency. These take time and would need much understanding...Sign up

Brainstorming not a Decision Making Tool
R.S. MATHUR, Teacher, India, Member
@V Shridhar: I disagree on braistorming being a decision making tool. In fact it is essentially an excercise to gene...Sign up

Brainstorming is an Aid to Decision Making
S. M. Sapatnekar, Director, India, Member
Planning and executing a brainstorm is a moderator's challenge. It is a balancing act between keeping the participants focused on one issue at a time,...Sign up

Brainstorming and Decision Making
V SHRIDHAR, Consultant, India, Member
@R. S. Mathur : in my view brainstorming is only a tool aiding for the correct decision. Yes, the facilitator has to...Sign up

Brainstorming; Generating Many Radical and Creative Ideas
Robert R. Zulu, Student (MBA), Zambia, Member
Brainstorming is a popular tool that helps you generate creative solutions to a problem.
It is particularly useful when you want to break out of ...Sign up

Combining and Redesigning 2-3 Ideas...
Amanda Strydom
It is always important to listen to the "no's" that show up.
Personally I found that often a combination and redesign of 2-3 ideas becomes a ...Sign up

Brainstorming: a Habit
Mahesh Kumar, Manager, India, Member
Every efficient object we see around is a result of successive brainstorming sessions. We just need to keep doing it as a practice to keep improving o...Sign up

Brain Storming is not a Sufficient Means of Making a Decision
Laxman Prasad Paudel, Manager, Nepal, Member
I agree brainstorming is an important tool for the decision maker. Because (s)he will gain fruitful ideas for his forthcoming decision and the decisio...Sign up

Brainstorming Tool - a Great Way of Solving Problems
VENKATESWARAN, Teacher, India, Member
Brainstorming is one of the effective tools to arrive at a decision for a problem and particularly when formidable changes are to be made involving a ...Sign up

Brainstorming is a Democratic Method of Decision Making
muyiwa okesanya, Business Consultant, Nigeria, Member
I see brainstorming as a democratic method of problem solving and decision making process. Because all the stakeholders will be part of the process, t...Sign up

Do a Brainstorm Session to Make (or Prepare For) Major Decisions?
Victor Aguilan, Professor, Philippines, Member
Yes and no. There is a danger that the "brainstorming" session is just for show or a "fishing expedition". Employees know when their ideas are used by...Sign up

Brainstorming: A Bouquet of Opinions Revealed...!
V SHRIDHAR, Consultant, India, Member
I am happy with all of these reactions on brainstorming. The result of 'brainstorming" can be seen here - at 12manage! It is unimaginable! So many tho...Sign up

Brainstorming: not Always Good D/M Tool
Ramji Sharma, PhD, Professor, Nepal, Member
Brainstorming is a good technique when you have to make a great decision in an area where you are not confident enough to make the decision on your ow...Sign up

Use People from Different Departments in Brainstorming Sessions
Shankar, Manager, India, Member
@Zahid Hussain: if we draw employees from all departments - which are not at all directly connected with the topic o...Sign up

Brainstorming depends on Leadership
P.R.RAVINDRAN, Partner, India, Member
Everything depends on the type of leadership the organisation is enjoying (or suffering).
If the soil and climate are conducive and the farmer t...Sign up

What is Brainstorming and what it is Not
Tony Pagliaroli, Strategy Consultant, United States, Member
Over the years, the word 'brainstorming' has taken on many different meanings and uses; good and bad. Let me offer another perspective here. Generally...Sign up

2 Tips for Managers who'd like to do a Brainstorming before a Major Decision
Sergio Leite, Analyst, Brazil, Member
- Even in a brainstorming session the facilitator need to apply a method able to stimulate its members' participation.
- Goals must be well set,...Sign up

2 more Tips for Brainstoming to Prepare an Important Decision
Ryan Sardon, Consultant, Peru, Member
- Keep people motivated during the session is key for the brainstorming process.
- Make a session not longer than an hour and if it's possible a ...Sign up

Brainstorming with a Little Extra
Sheajad Bhayani, Student (MBA), Member
Osborn's brainstorming is good. But we can add our own ways/ideas to it. Osborn's ways (in my opinion) does not look much on productivity (of individu...Sign up

Brainstorming for Management only
Shankar, Manager, India, Member
So many reactions from various countries! This itself looks like an informal brainstorming session. However, there is a distinct undertone, though sub...Sign up

Moderator Conducting Brainstorming Sessions Should Be Open to Suggestions
Radha Raj, India, Member
The moderator should have excellent communication skills, especially listening, and accepting suggestions. Otherwise, it is a useless exercise. He/she...Sign up

Qualities of a Moderator for Effective Brainstorming
V SHRIDHAR, Consultant, India, Member
@Radha Raj : I agree with you. A moderator is a person who directs the brainstorming team to a fruitful, feasible a...Sign up

Brainstorming and Problem Solving
Solomon Trevor Mokadi, Manager, China, Member
My take on this topic is that you need a balanced moderator but most importantly someone who has a clear understanding of the topic at hand. Else you ...Sign up

Heterogeneity in Brainstorming Sessions
R.S. MATHUR, Teacher, India, Member
@Shankar: heterogeneity lies at the heart of any brainstorming session. Which means you must include everyone capabl...Sign up

In Brainstorming, Qualified Team Members are Essential
Nayomi Kankanamge, Student (University), Sri Lanka, Member
When doing brainstorming it is essential to select a good qualified team. It enhances the transparency as well as the quality of the work.
And a...Sign up

Accountability for Suggestions: Reverse Responsibility
Shankar, Manager, India, Member
I refer to the last paragraph of the orginal comment: "accountability" is very effective. A retired professor of T. I. F. R., Mumbai uses the phrase "...Sign up

Blindsiding Behavior and Accountability in Brainstorming
robert trowhill, Consultant, Canada, Member
It is often the case that the key decision maker(s) will not participate in brainstorming sessions and may withhold input until the final conclusion i...Sign up

Accountability in Brainstorming
V SHRIDHAR, Consultant, India, Member
@Robert, according to my view, brainstorming as we all know is a platform for democratic, transparent, free & Frank discussion. Brainstorming will yie...Sign up

Brainstorming versus the Actual Decision Choice
Rob Bikoko, ICT Consultant, Zimbabwe, Member
My take is while we observe the fundamental rules of being democratic, transparent, free and frank, acceptance of diversity of opinions, effectiveness...Sign up

Constraints in Brainstorming (Decsion-making) Process
V SHRIDHAR, Consultant, India, Member
@Rob Bikoko : I agree with your steps for a perfect brainstorming/decision process.
The moderator has an impor...Sign up

Brainstorming Though Useful, Can Be Time-consuming
vince, HR Consultant, Trinidad and Tobago, Member
Wow! What an "avalanche" of thoughts/ideas.
This discourse in itself has been quite edifying and has presented some very useful suggestions for ...Sign up

Brainstorming Missing Aspects
Jamil Adil, Manager, Pakistan, Member
@Robert Trowhill: excellent point Robert. One should not ignore such aspects. That can ruin expected results as well...Sign up

Brainstorming and Decision Making
Pradeepbajaj, Director, India, Member
We are living in an age, with newer bottles and same old wines. It is a foregone conclusion that older the wine, the better the quality. But fundament...Sign up

We are Living in an Age of Feedback Loops
Gary Wong, Consultant, Canada, Premium Member
@Pradeepbajaj: My version of the three stages is:
1. Vision: determining where we want to be
2. Strategy:...Sign up

Brainstorming Shall Be Used to Find Out HOW we Could do Things
Javier Elenes, Business Consultant, Mexico, Member
Brainstorm could be used to enrich HOW to do things. But the definition of WHAT should be done (the vision) and WHY that should be done (the purpose) ...Sign up

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