Last week I ran a facilitation skills training program for leaders and we talked about the important role brainstorming can play in idea generation. At an upcoming team meeting you may want to take one of the road blocks you are facing and brainstorm some possible options. If you have post it notes, provide each team member with a set (half a dozen to a dozen). Ask each team member to write down their ideas around how to get around the roadbloack. Post these on a wall or whiteboard, grouping similar ideas. As you consider the entire range of options you may want to have dialogue around questions such as
Which ones are short-term, medium term, long term?
What resources would be needed for each one?
What risk does each one have?
What would be the one that would give us the greatest impact?
At the end of the discussion you may also wish to give each team member one or two colored dots and have them identify which options they would like to focus on. Collectively you will see where the team wants to focus.
Jennifer Britton, MES, CPT, PCC
Author of From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013) and Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010)
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