In an earlier post, I wrote about the six stages that are basic to good brainstorming. Understanding barriers to creative thinking and following the six guidelines below will enhance the success of any brainstorming session.
Barriers to Creative Thinking
J. Geoffrey Rawlinson, in his book on creative thinking, argues that barriers to creative thinking can be overcome in brainstorming sessions by identifying the barriers up front with the audience. The theory goes that if you identify and accept the barriers as barriers they are removed as barriers. After conducting brainstorming sessions around the world for almost 3 decades, I tend to agree with Rawlinson. The benefit of discussing the barriers is especially true when dealing with audiences that are analytical in nature, such is often the case with managers.