Free-range team brainstorming

22 04 2016

“I think and think for months and years.  Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false.  The hundredth time I am right.” ~Albert Einstein

It’s been said of my free-range ideas that I throw 20 up against the wall, in a sort-of firehouse of nonsense.  19 of those ideas won’t pan out, but every once in a while, one fabulously crazy idea sticks, and something new is created.  It could be a new process, a different way of dealing with a problem client/partner/employee, or the solution to a long-term road block.  Another way to say it is that even a broken clock is right twice per day (if it’s one with hands.  Broken digital clocks are just always broken.  🙂

Leaders, we’re all going to have problems and issues come up that need to be dealt with.  Don’t be the leader who takes on all of the problems himself, worrying on all of them at the same time, hoping to solve one so you can move on to the next one.  Pull your diverse, confident team together, identify what needs to be done/fixed/stopped, and ask for ideas (no matter how silly they might sound) on how to do it.  Not only will you get ideas that you would not have thought of, but you might even have some say “I got this one, boss.”

Speaking of conclusion, and free-range…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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