Start Brainstorming Process Individually, Then Move to Group Process

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Alex Dail
Management Consultant, United States

Start Brainstorming Process Individually, Then Move to Group Process

When people work as a group to brainstorm it limits novelty to start as a group to early. People censor what they believe a group will accept (Groupthink).
Research has found that brainstorming ought to begin with the individual where a person has sometime to relax.
Then, after a couple of days, come together as a group and then use the private brainstorming ideas as springboards for group ideas.


Professor, India

Start Brainstorming Activity Individually

If you don't start brainstorming individually this is also likely to infuse cognitive bias, influence from others, and is also likely to lead to preconceived opinions.

John Thacker, UK

Start Brainstorming Process Individually

Very much agree. We have been losing the power of individual thinking and have failed to encourage people to learn personal persistence in this area.
Starting with group brainstorming results in the views of a minority dominating and lends itself to network bias.
A point strongly emphasised by Susan Cain in her great book 'Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking.'
Thanks, Alex.

Ivan Kohlinsky
Management Consultant, United Kingdom

Political and Social Anxiety Inhibiting Group Brainstorming

To overcome the group acceptance concerns the first few rounds of brainstorming. I believe brainsto... Sign up

Goran Stille, Sweden

Establishing Trust in Brainstorming Process Means Starting Individually

I think the key issue in an effective brainstorming process is TRUST. Both inner trust and outer tru... Sign up

Damodaram Kuppuswami
Consultant, India

Dynamics of the Individual and Group Processes

In my view starting at individual level is the foundation for the effectiveness of the group process... Sign up

ashok mhatre
Manager, India

Start Brainstorming Process Individually, but Keep Open Mind

There is merit in brainstorming on preconceived individual ideas. However effective and creative br... Sign up

Dr zahra gheidar
Consultant, Iran

Starting with Individual Brainstorming Activates Unconscious

Individual brainstorming provides an opportunity for the unconscious mind. When someone does this b... Sign up

Juan Perez Eras, Mexico

Personality of Individuals (intro/extrovert) Could also Affect this Topic

It's important to remember that personality of individuals could affect results of brainstorming. It... Sign up

jose pontones
Business Consultant, Mexico

Facilitator also Influences the Need to Start with Individual Brainstorming

The key I believe is to have a facilitator who can at the outset, stimulate individual open particip... Sign up

Entrepreneur, United States

Private Time to Reflect... Essential to Contributing to Group

This is a great discussion. With many outstanding contributions... I've personally realized that tim... Sign up

Joyce Msolla
Teacher, Tanzania

Think First, then Contribute in Group

Individual brainstorming allows for better understanding the problem and composing an opinion instea... Sign up

Muhammad Nawaz Khan
Student (University), Denmark

Prepare Brainstorming Process Individually

Individual preparation has a different way of feeling and expression which is a key to come with new... Sign up

Damodaram Kuppuswami
Consultant, India

Increase Quality of the Brainstorming Process

@Joyce Msolla: I agree with your view. Instilling confidence in individuals is essential. It provide... Sign up

E Benshetler
Project Manager, United States

Intro/extrovert also Applies to Cultural Backgrounds

@Juan Perez Eras: Excellent point that applies in a cross-cultural setting, too. People in cultures ... Sign up

Jennifer C. Galvez
CEO, Philippines

Start Brainstorming Process Individually

Starting first with individually considering the topic at hand helps you to filter your thoughts and... Sign up

Goran Stille, Sweden

Activates the Unconscious

@Zahra Gheidar: But the unconscious is not some mechanical unit that after being activated stays act... Sign up

Gabriel A. Donkoh
Accountant, Ghana

Getting the Best Out of Brainstorming

I agree with Alex Dail, people think deeper and clearer when they are alone than in a group. It help... Sign up

muyiwa okesanya
Business Consultant, Nigeria

Start Brainstorming Process Individually

For any individual to fit in into group brainstorming process such individuals need to have a fair i... Sign up

melchiorre calabrese
Manager, Italy

Start Brainstorming Process Individually

I agree that it is agood idea to have the members initially spend some time to think for themselves.... Sign up

Jeremy Lu
Manager, Australia

A Potential Solution to Allow Individuals to Brainstorm.. Together

There's obviously a lot of need in this area to reduce the impact of groupthink and cognitive bias. ... Sign up

Garth Nowland-Foreman, New Zealand

The Value of Writing as a Participatory Tool

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