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Group Brainstorms

Brainstorming is a social event but the best ideas come from the solitary thinking before meeting up with the group.

Team brainstorms can easily be dictated by the person that merely talks the most which often leads to groupthink. People are willing to support any idea that requires them to think no further. But you can keep the team responsible and open-minded with just a few ideas of your own.

Brainstorms are really about combining a plurality of ideas and then playing a little devil’s advocate to make the group justify their idea. The brainstorm is just as much an ideation session as it is an open debate. But if there aren’t any ideas to begin with, they’ll be nothing to talk about. So come prepared by bringing your own first.

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Upside of distraction

Monomania is what it sounds like: a pathologically intense focus on one thing. It’s the opposite of the problem you have if your gaze is ever flitting from your Tumblr to your spreadsheet to your baby to rush-hour traffic.

There is no such thing as a perfect working condition.  The world is moving fast, technology is changing.  You can get away and create in isolation but you risk losing the inspiration and random connectedness that comes from distraction.

Focusing on one thing is a nice guideline to productivity but it also stifles innovation.  Sometimes you need to let the mind wander. The unfettered thought is the ultimate brainstorm.

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Chalkboard iPad. Brainstorm.  
Chalkboard iPad. Brainstorm.