Happy Thursday Watchers!
I’ve recently found a new way to do brainstorming or lead team discussions that has been working really well.
In team meetings I often ask for feedback on a topic. Sometimes it’s a company value, or new goals for the quarter, or general feedback on how we’re doing something. All too often the response is, well, silence.
But I’ve started using a new technique that I stole from Google’s brand sprint process, and now I get so much feedback that these meetings are starting to run long. This is how it works:
- Ask a specific question (as specific as possible)
- Give the team 3-5 minutes to think and write down their thoughts
- Call on people one by one to share, I find it’s useful for me to start to break the ice
- If voting, take some more time to think about your votes, then share using the same process.
- Open up for discussion.
It has been night and day so far! I also find it to be a more effective form of brainstorming, because people’s initial thoughts aren’t as influenced by the group.
What do you think? Feel free to take 3-5 minutes before responding. 😉
Cheers from Charleston ✌️