Could dynamic mental discoveries inspire your next brainstorming session? Expert facilitators ensure that during any brainstorming session – all offerings are accepted – while criticism of any offering is not welcomed. Here’s why:
Creativity tends to motivate more brainpower for innovation – while cynicism or criticism tosses toxins into the mix. Have you seen naysayers curb the flow of invention? It doesn’t have to be that way.
What can be done to diminish the cortisol that critics bring to shut down progress, without disrespecting the critic? More importantly, how can facilitators welcome the serotonin that comes in inspiration during great brainstorming sessions?
Why not invite positive ideas only, and simply suggest that no negative comments come initially – while ideas are being generated? That way brainstorming emits a chemical and electrical climate mentally for building positive solutions to even the most complex problems.
Solution-based brainstorming offers ways to draw more from differences and to hear from voices often silenced by disapproving of ideas. No surprise here. If you’ve attended brainstorming sessions that value other cultures, genders, backgrounds and beliefs, you’ve likely seen genuine curiosity trump criticism of ideas raised.
Most would agree that brainstorming sessions come with critics and cynics who will devalue alternative ideas as they emerge. What can be done? More specifically, what can facilitators do to ensure tone that opens opportunites, to engage creative ideas, while refuses to silence voices? Some experts suggest entrepreneurs should keep things secret to friends and family who criticize. Others suggest using brain based tactics to value differences, in brainstorming sessions, and let chips fall where they will. What do you think?
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Created by Ellen Weber, Brain Based Tasks for Growth Mindset