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Suggestion Boxes | Suggestion Schemes
V SHRIDHAR, Consultant, India

I view brainstorming as a collection of 'suggestions' within a small group inside the four walls.
In our factory we had a "suggestion scheme". Suggestions were invited from the workmen on product development, means to enhance productivity, better and safer ways of performing a job etc.
The aim was to have an open forum for voicing one's opinion.
A 'register' was kept for people to enter their points.
The good suggestions will be honored to have 'lunch' with managing director!
Believe me the 'register' was full within a day. It had comments like ' cleaning should be done', quality charts should be prepared ' and so on.
I replaced the 'register" with another and 'wrote on the cover "my suggestions and my contribution". The person making a suggestion also had to write what 'he' is going to do to fulfill the suggestion. Now the 'register' had only 3 entries!
What I wish to say is in a brainstorming session the participants will be accountable for the "ideas" suggested. This will instill a sense of responsibility.

Brainstorming and Suggestion Schemes
R.S. MATHUR, Teacher, India
In my view, suggestion schemes at best are an apology for a brainstorming session as they are bereft of:
- Any specific direction,
- A conducive environment for creative problem solving,
- Cross pollination, and
- Piggybacking of ideas.
In fact, your second action of introducing 'my suggestion and my contribution' led to clamming up of flow of suggestions and ideas, which is fundamentally opposed to the spirit of brainstorming!



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