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Ideas to help your team develop personally and professionally.

Not at first anyway. When you are brainstorming in a group, it's important to pool all your ideas without censorship. It's for two reasons.

1. A wacky idea might inspire someone to think of a better idea later - maybe the opposite or a scaled-down version.
2. When our ideas are judged right away they tend to stop coming.

Groups are not as efficient at brainstorming as the same number of people thinking alone. Some group members dominate, and judging other's contributions is one way to do it. Some people become loafers - and having your ideas put down is a powerful incentive to switch off.

Instead, pool every idea, try not to 'own' them. Then explore them all of them by asking, 'How could we make that more useful or practical or focused on our problem?' Select those that fit best.


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About Ralph Brown

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Ralph is our founder and managing director. He has a background in psychology, television journalism and business.

Ralph's passions are psychology and writing. He leads workshops on both and speaks to conferences on the psychology of thriving at work.

In 2011  Professional Speakers Australia awarded him its top speaking accreditation, the CSP.

He has written six books and more than a hundred articles on psychology and writing. International research journals have published his articles reviewing the research on resilience.

Ralph enjoys trips to France. He lives in rural Canterbury.

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