Brainstorming Infographic for Ideas Week 2012

We received a fantastic tweet today (@ideasworldwide) from @cashzilla to help celebrate International Ideas Week 2012 which is happening next week.

Cashzilla have created an amazing infographic on brainstorming techniques , including information on Osborn’s Method, Brainstorming in Business,  the Left Brain vs the Right Brain and Brainstorming Techniques.

Here’s the infographic: Brainstorming

Cashzilla is a blog run by a group of people working for a digital marketing agency. They’re not trying to sell anything but they end up blogging about clients or companies with connections to our clients. As it seems they have done in our case and we’re very happy they have done so.

Here’s what Cashzilla say about International Ideas Week and why they’re getting involved with it:

“But, why celebrate an International Ideas week? The main purpose is promoting suggestion schemes and innovation in businesses. The people behind this project want to encourage employees to submit new ideas and employers to start new schemes or to transform old ones.

They believe that many employers do not operate reward and recognition programmes and sometimes they don’t do it due to lack of support. One of the main objectives of the project is highlighting the benefits of a well-organised ideas scheme and to encourage employers to integrate employee participation as part of their business and management strategies.

We’ve created this brainstorming infographic that may give you a better understanding of the whole ideas generation process.

How are you going to take part in the celebrations of the International Ideas Week?”

As for their last question, don’t forget we’re still looking for your idea that would make your day better. If you have an idea, be it feasible or not, then share it with us and you could be in with the chance of winning an iPad 2, courtesy of International Ideas Week 2012 sponsors, Improlity Ltd.


The Brainstorming process – problem solving, team-building and more

The brainstorming technique for problem-solving, team-building and creative process

Brainstorming with a group of people is a powerful technique. Brainstorming creates new ideas, solves problems, motivates and develops teams. Brainstorming motivates because it involves members of a team in the bigger management issues, and it gets a team working together.

However, brainstorming is not simply a random activity. Brainstorming needs to be structured and it follows brainstorming rules. The brainstorming process is described below, for which you will need a flip-chart or alternative. This is crucial, as brainstorming needs to involve the team, which means that everyone must be able to see what’s happening. Brainstorming places a significant burden on the facilitator to manage the process, people’s involvement and sensitivities, and then to manage the follow-up actions. Use brainstorming well and you will see excellent results in improving the organisation, performance and developing the team. Continue reading